Neighbors Concerned About Dangerous Road After Deadly Crash

By: Mike Springer Email
By: Mike Springer Email

Leon County, FL- On Saturday, an accident took the life of a 43-year-old Havana man when his Harley crashed head-on into an SUV on Old Bainbridge Road by Taylorville Way.

For those who live along this stretch of road, these accidents are nothing new.

"We average at least one a month. Sometimes more often," says Robert McIntyre who lives along Old Bainbridge Road.

The speed limit here is 35 miles per hour. But neighbors say cars sometimes go twice that. And with these sharp curves, that can make for a deadly combination.

"People are not slowing down for the curves. They've been nicknamed over the years dead man's curve one and two," says Scott McGuire who lives nearby.

Neighbors say they want to see Sheriff's Office patrol these streets more. They believe that may get the attention drivers, leading them to slow down drivers and help save lives.


Leon County, FL - October 28, 2012 - A 43-year-old Havana man is dead after the motorcycle he was riding crashed into an SUV Saturday evening.

The Florida Highway Patrol says Stephen Mackewitz was riding south on a 2008 Harley along Old Bainbridge Road near Taylorville Way around 5 p.m. when he lost control of his bike while going along a curve.

FHP says the bike slide onto its right side and crossed over into the center lane. Macketwitz was thrown from his motorcycle.

At the same time, 54-year-old George Allen of Havana was traveling north along Old Bainbridge road in a 1997 GMC Suburban.

FHP says Allen's Suburban hit Mackewitz's Harley head-on.

The motorcycle ended up on its left side in the grass along the east shoulder of the road.

While the Suburban came to a final stop along part of the northbound lane and the east shoulder with Mackewitz's body underneath it.

Mackewitz was pronounced dead on scene of the crash. He was not wearing a helmet, according to FHP.

FHP says charges are pending in the crash.

The Leon County Sheriff's Office, Leon County EMS and the Tallahassee Fire Department assisted FHP with the crash investigation.


Tallahassee, FL - October 27, 2012 - A Leon County roadway is shutdown after a motorcycle and an SUV crashed into each other.

The motorcycle and SUV collided near Old Bainbridge Road and Taylorville Way around 5 p.m. Saturday. Few details are available at this time.

The names of the drivers and their conditions are not being released. Nor are the details of the crash.

The Tallahassee Fire Department, Leon County Sheriff's Office and The Florida Highway Patrol are all on scene.

The road is shutdown in the immediate area as law enforcement works to investigate the crash.

It's unknown when the road will reopen.


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