Stuart man dies in State Road 60 motorcycle, SUV crash in Vero Beach, highway officials say

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — A Stuart man died after he was thrown from a motorcycle following an impact with a sport utility vehicle on State Road 60 over the weekend, highway officials said.

The crash happened Aug. 6 at roughly 9:15 p.m. in the highway's westbound lanes in an area with access to retail and hardware stores near the Indian River Mall, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

The 36-year-old was pronounced dead where his motorcycle fell and came to a stop in  the 6100 block of State Road 60, just west of the Indian River Commons shopping area entrance, according to recent information from the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office. The shopping plaza surrounds the mall's south side.

A Stuart man, 36, died after he was thrown from a motorcycle following an impact with the rear of a sport utility vehicle on State Road 60 near the Indian Rver Mall around 9:15 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
A Stuart man, 36, died after he was thrown from a motorcycle following an impact with the rear of a sport utility vehicle on State Road 60 near the Indian Rver Mall around 9:15 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Investigators said leading up to the crash the motorcycle was traveling west in the inside lane of the three-lane highway as it approached the area where the SUV was reportedly stopped, preparing to exit westbound from the access to Target and Indian River Square, at 5970 20th St.

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As the SUV, driven by a 60-year-old Vero Beach man, pulled out onto the highway’s westbound lanes it traveled across both the outside and center lanes and into the path of the motorcycle in the inside lane, according to the report.

The motorcyclist, who was not wearing a helmet, collided with the rear of the SUV and the driver was ejected onto the roadway just south of Lowe’s, while the SUV stopped on the north shoulder of the highway in the 6000 block just near an auto shop.

A Stuart man, 36, died after he was thrown from a motorcycle following an impact with the rear of a sport utility vehicle on State Road 60 near the Indian Rver Mall around 9:15 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
A Stuart man, 36, died after he was thrown from a motorcycle following an impact with the rear of a sport utility vehicle on State Road 60 near the Indian Rver Mall around 9:15 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The were no injuries reported among the two people inside the SUV.

Florida Highway Patrol spokesperson Lt. Indiana Miranda said by email the investigation would continue for 90 days, which she said was standard for all traffic homicides.

The FHP did not release the names of those involved in the crash.

The fatal crash marks at least three deaths of motorcyclists so far this year on roadways in and around Vero Beach.

On July 18, Jonathan Johnson, 37, of Sebastian died in a crash on southbound U.S. 1 while trying to avoid a collision with a northbound sedan that pulled into his lane of travel to turn onto Aviation Boulevard, police said.

In April, also on U.S. 1, a Texas man on a northbound motorcycle died after attempting to avoid impact with a southbound car that pulled out of a business parking lot in the 3400 block of the highway.

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