[UPDATE] Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Madison County

By: Eyewitness News, Pat Lightcap
By: Eyewitness News, Pat Lightcap

UPDATE 11-14-2011

The Florida Highway Patrol has released the incident report surrounding a Sunday evening accident.

FHP Lt. David Folsom confirmed to WCTV that James Forrest, 56, was sent to South Georgia Medical Center for treatment of his serious injuries, and Tena Forrest, 49, was airlifted from the scene to Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida where she succumbed to her injuries.

The FHP report is attached above.


Madison County, FL -- November 13, 2011

A motorcycle crash sent two to the hospital with severe injuries. It happened just after 6 PM across U.S. Highway 90 west of Madison. The bike crashed into a deer running across the highway. No names of the victims have been released as of yet. One victim is a male and the other a female. The two riders survived the impact with injuries.

A car coming east on the highway an over the female trapping her under the vehicle. Three witnesses lifted the vehicle off the female victim so EMS could provide immediate care. A helicopter flew her to a trauma center. An ambulance rushed the male victim to another hospital.

Madison Fire Rescue, Greenville Fire Rescue, Madison Sheriff's Office, Madison County EMS and the Florida Highway Patrol responded to the scene. FHP is investigating.

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  • by cort on Nov 16, 2011 at 08:37 AM
    This story is not accurate.. the female lost her life and passed that same day as soon as they got her into the helicopter.the family use to be my neighbors when i was a kid.This is truly unbelievable to me.prayers go out to this family.
  • by Beth Location: Valdosta on Nov 14, 2011 at 08:43 PM
    This couple were inseparable. Miss Tena was a school bus monitor for special education children. She loved her job. Their son and daughter are both good kids. They used to our neighbors and are truly good people. Miss Tena you will be missed. I know she entered Paradise yesterday.
  • by Madison Voice Location: Madison on Nov 14, 2011 at 05:20 PM
    I searched for the deer. I guess it lived.
  • by shelia Location: madison on Nov 14, 2011 at 02:43 PM
    how did we get on the bear subject? they hit a deer. this is not sanford and son people. wake up atleast when you vote anyway.
  • by R.I.P. Location: Tallahassee on Nov 14, 2011 at 01:33 PM
    My thought and prayers go out to the family and friends of these two riders. May God be with you all and help you through this difficult time.
  • by countrymomma Location: Hosford, Fl on Nov 14, 2011 at 01:27 PM
    You can't kill a bear in Florida unless you plan on doing some prison time so FWC needs to hurry & change that. I agree the roads are being flooded with them, even around our end, in Hosford, there were 2 wrecks last week cause of bears. Much of the deer problem could be controlled if those areas along the highway were allowed to be hunted from the inside of the forest. Most of that land is government owned and you have to have a big wallet to get anywhere close to hunting it! & what is prviately owned, land owners won't allow hunting. It needs to be easier to control wildlife populations by hunting them, not trapping, trapping allows them to reproduce at large numbers which would cause a greater problem where ever they are released at. FWC just needs to step it up! There are plenty of honest hunters who would love to set up INSIDE the forest to help control populations however, we don't have the money to pay to do so. Most of the people who get to hunt that government land do it just out of 'fun', true hunters do it to feed our families!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 14, 2011 at 12:07 PM
    Did you see that cricket on the bush off 375.
  • by anonymous on Nov 14, 2011 at 11:09 AM
    ya i knew the people involed in this its verry sad th lady did not make it to gainsville hospital died in helicoptor on the way there
  • by Dee Location: Tallahassee on Nov 14, 2011 at 11:08 AM
    I wonder what condition the deer is in?
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      by teto on Nov 14, 2011 at 02:40 PM in reply to Dee
      the deer is ok.
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        by Grace on Nov 14, 2011 at 06:37 PM in reply to teto
  • by Anonymous on Nov 14, 2011 at 08:59 AM
    We saw a black bear crossing the road off of Hwy360 in Madison just last month. I guess animals use the road just like bikers and other pedestrians. Keep your eyes open!
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      by Anonymous on Nov 14, 2011 at 11:38 AM in reply to
      riding at night doesn't help either. Too many animals out at night and you have a reduced reaction time and site distance. I prefer not to ride at night unless I have to because of the animals.
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