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FHP Trooper Hit By Motorcyclist

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An accident on the Buckman Bridge in Jacksonville has sent a motorcyclist to the hospital in critical condition.

26-year old Frank Belarde reportedly lost control of his motorcycle and slammed into the back of a northbound Florida Highway Patrol cruiser. Belarde is in Shands-Jacksonville with life-threatening injuries and he may be charged with drinking and driving.

Luckily the trooper Tyra Keplinger was not hurt in the wreck, but her Ford Crown Victoria sustained about $3,000 in damage.

Drinking and driving while riding a motorcycle can have devastating consequences, as motorcycle drivers and passengers have little to protect them from injury.

In Florida, the activity is especially dangerous because adults with adequate insurance do not have to wear helmets. It’s never a good idea to combine the two activities.