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Accident kills motorcyclist, off-island traffic is slowed

By Staff | Dec 15, 2009

An accident involving a motorcyclist and a pickup truck on Tuesday afternoon left one man dead and slowed traffic heading off the Sanibel Causeway to a near standstill.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol incident report, 34-year-old Steven H. Dyer was killed when his 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle struck an unoccupied Ford pickup truck parked alongside the right lane of McGregor Boulevard around 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 15.

The accident occurred when the motorcyclist, heading eastbound approximately one mile from the Sanibel toll booth, did not heed the warnings of a road construction flagman at the scene.

Sgt. Mike Gideons of the Florida Highway Patrol reported Dyer was weaving through the slowed traffic, speeding along the outer portion of the roadway before crashing into the parked vehicle just west of Port Comfort Road.

Dyer, who was a resident of Fort Myers, was pronounced dead at the scene and was transported to HealthPark Medical Center.

Authorities reported that construction workers were collecting core samples of McGregor Boulevard as part of an ongoing maintenance and road resurfacing project. Officials from the Florida Highway Patrol, Lee County Sheriff’s Office and Lee County EMS responded to the scene.

Traffic in both directions was slowed following the accident, which took more than an hour to clear.