Miami-Dade County

Fatal motorcycle accident shut down all northbound lanes on parts of Florida’s Turnpike

A fatal crash involving a motorcycle has closed all the northbound lanes of Florida’s Turnpike near Northwest 57th Avenue just after 6 a.m. on Sept. 14, 2018.
A fatal crash involving a motorcycle has closed all the northbound lanes of Florida’s Turnpike near Northwest 57th Avenue just after 6 a.m. on Sept. 14, 2018. FDOT

The Florida Highway Patrol released details of Friday’s fatal motorcycle crash that shut down all the northbound lanes of Florida’s Turnpike near Northwest 57th Avenue just after 5:30 a.m.

The driver, Alexander Felipe Mendez, 30, who lived in Pembroke Pines, was traveling east on Florida’s Turnpike on the paved inside travel lane at a high rate of speed on his 2004 Honda 1000RR motorcycle, according to the report. Mendez lost control as his motorcycle veered to the left, onto the paved north emergency median shoulder.

The Honda struck the metal guardrail that borders the median shoulder and Mendez was thrown off his bike, the report said. The cycle continued traveling in a southeasterly direction and hit the left rear trailer tire of a vehicle driven by Manuel Herrera-Fernandez, 53, of Miami.

Herrera-Fernandez was not injured. Mendez died on the scene.

FHP is still investigating the cause of the crash, Lt. Alvaro Feola said.

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