Florida Keys News - Key West Citizen
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
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Bikers injured over weekend

Three motorcyclists were hospitalized over the weekend after a string of crashes on or near U.S. 1 in the Florida Keys.

A large numbers of motorcyclists who drove to the Keys for an event to honor fallen police officers may have contributed to the number of crashes.

On Saturday afternoon, one biker was taken to Mariners Hospital after colliding with a car near Mile Marker 85 near the entrance to the Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park.

On Sunday morning, just before 11 a.m. just off the highway on Laguna Avenue in the Port Largo neighborhood, a motorcyclist was injured after colliding with a sport utility vehicle and taken to Mariners Hospital.

About a half-hour later on U.S. 1 near Indian Mound Trail, a third biker was injured after colliding with a vehicle. The biker was taken to Mariners Hospital.

Information about the injuries of the three bikers and whether they remain hospitalized was unavailable Monday.

Lt. Kathy McKinney of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) said there was a motorcycle event honoring fallen police officers at the Postcard Inn at Holiday Isle in Islaorada over the weekend.

"That and the good weather brought out the bikers," she said.

FHP is investigating all three incidents, as well as two additional crashes that involved automobiles.

At 11:24 a.m. Saturday, two vehicles collided on the highway near Mile Marker 96. The injured were taken to Mariners Hospital.

At 12:52 a.m. on Sunday, a vehicle hit a utility pole across from Founders Park, downing electric and phone lines. There were no injures.

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