Long Life of Man (Gordon Couchene) Ends on Motorcycle Ride and Crash in Barefoot Bay, Florida

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A 93-year-old man died after the motorcycle he was riding crashed into a parked van. The man was identified as Gordon Couchene and the collision occurred in the Barefoot Bay mobile home community. According to police, Couchene was riding a Yamaha motorcycle and was not wearing a helmet. The driver of the van, 37-year-old Lynn Bedus had parked her van at the end of the retirement home community while she was waiting on a school bus to arrive. No charges will be pressed regarding this Florida motorcycle accident and it is still unknown to police why Couchene ran into the van. If you would like to read more about this story please see 93-year-old man’s life is taken in motorcycle accident.

The death of this man is a tragedy for his family and community. Driving automobiles and riding on motorcycles can be very exciting and invigorating, but also very dangerous. One way to prevent sustaining serious personal head injuries or other severe head injuries while driving or riding motorcycles is to wear a helmet. Although Florida law does not require motorcycle drivers to wear a helmet if there is proper insurance for medical bills in place, helmets have been proven to save lives. In addition, avoiding motorcycle rider distraction and driver distraction can help prevent accidents as well.