A 35-year-old Bonita Springs man lost an arm and is in critical condition after a motorcycle crash Monday night on Interstate 75, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Thomas Labelle lost control of his 2002 Harley-Davidson and struck an I-75 cable barrier, which completely severed his right arm. Labelle was transported by medical helicopter to Lee Memorial Hospital after the crash, which occurred at 6:15 p.m. Monday in Charlotte County. He was not wearing a helmet, reports show.
FHP provides this account of the crash:
The motorcyclist was northbound on I-75 behind a 2003 Ford Taurus driven by Andrew Adame, 44, also of Bonita. The vehicles were traveling together, making frequent lane changes and traveling in excess of the posted 70 mph speed limit, Adame told troopers.
When Adame applied his brakes upon approaching slower traffic near the exit at Jones Loop Road, at about mile marker 161, the motorcyclist turned sharply to the left to avoid collision with the car. The motorcycle entered the grass median and traveled along it in a northwesterly direction before Labelle lost control of the motorcycle and struck the cable barrier. The motorcycle flipped over the cable barrier, ejecting Labelle, whose arm was severed on the cable barrier. Labelle and the motorcycle came to rest in the grass median on the west side of the cable barrier, according to the FHP.
Adame, who was not injured in the crash, left the scene and was later escorted back. Charges are pending, FHP reports show.
The motorcyclist also may lose a leg from the crash, NBC-2 reports.