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Neither involved life-threatening injuries, police said
posted Mar 1, 2013 - 6:17:10pm
Motorcycles were involved in two crashes in DeLand today, March 1, but neither resulted in life-threatening injuries, according to DeLand Police.
West Volusia, like much of Florida, is seeing more motorcycles on the roads as the annual Bike Week pilgrimage approaches.
DeLand Deputy Police Chief Gary Batten said there were no injuries at all in one crash, and the other crash caused injuries that were not life-threatening.
The crash with injuries was a collision between a Harley-Davidson ridden by Belinda Willis and a blue sedan that occurred at about 3 p.m. in the 700 block of South Woodland Boulevard. The name of the sedan driver was unknown today, because the officer's crash report had not yet been filed.
Witnesses said Willis had just left Jerry's Body Shop at 528 S. Woodland Blvd., when the sedan pulled into her path from Winnemissett Avenue.
Co-workers at Jerry's Body Shop, where Willis' partner, Steve Poelcher, has worked for 19 years, said Poelcher went outside when he heard sirens shortly after Willis' departure from the shop. On the Boulevard, he could see that it was her Harley involved in the crash just two blocks away, they said.
The extent of Willis' injuries is unknown. Poelcher's co-workers said Poelcher jumped on his own Harley-Davidson and headed to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, where Willis had been taken by ambulance.
The couple are longtime motorcycle enthusiasts, said Jerry Doyle, owner of Jerry's Body Shop.
The crash closed the southbound lane of Woodland Boulevard for a time this afternoon.
West Volusia's big biker influx will come Saturday, March 9, when the MainStreet DeLand Association hosts the ninth annual DeLand Bike Rally in Downtown DeLand, featuring live music, a Harley-Davidson giveaway sponsored by Yuengling Lager, vendors and more.
On that day, Woodland Boulevard and some side streets will be closed in Downtown DeLand, as bikers converge on the city.
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