The intersection of Belleair Road and Belcher Road in Clearwater is very well known to me as I live very close to it. Yesterday, my wife was driving home and saw a horrific motorcycle accident at that intersection. From what she saw, she knew that someone was killed in that crash. Sadly, she was right.
18-year-old Angelica Hall was a passenger on the motorcycle driving by Shay Lydon as he ran the red light on Belcher & Belleair Roads. A crash occurred causing Miss Hall to be thrown from the motorcycle. She died on the side of the road. The driver and passenger of the other vehicle -- 62-year-old Charles Manning of Arkansas and 70-year-old Patricia Muth of Clearwater -- were taken to Bayfront Medical Center with serious injuries.
A family now must mourn the loss of their daughter, sister, and friend. Others are recovering from serious injuries and must live with the knowledge that they were involved in a car accident that resulted in the death of a teenager. This tragedy could have been avoided if the motorcycle stopped for that red light.
The seconds or minutes you save by gunning it through a yellow light to beat the red light isn't worth the suffering and loss that Angelica Hall's family must suffer through or the pain that Mr. Manning and Ms. Muth must go through now after this motorcycle accident. Our loved ones travel through these intersections every day. We would want the other drivers to drive safely to protect our loved ones. We should do the same to protect others' loved one.