Motorcyclist Killed in Accident

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When: 5/29/11 at 9:39pm

Where: Kennedy Blvd. & Clark St.

Who: victim - deceased - Jonathan Pearson 3-2-81 lived in St. Pete
Other driver - Joseph Rametta 8-14-52 lives in Tampa


The victim was driving a 2006 Suzuki 600 motorcycle WB on W. Kennedy Blvd. in the curb lane. Rametta was driving a 1999 Toyota P/U Northbound on N. Clark St, crossing Kennedy Blvd.

Rametta failed to see the victim approaching and began crossing the WB lanes of Kennedy Blvd. The victim realized the danger of Rametta crossing, applied brakes, skidded, laid the motorcycle down on the left side, and struck the right side of the truck, just in front of the rear wheel.

The victim was transported to TGH ER, where he was pronounced deceased at 2219 hours. The investigation is ongoing and next-of-kin has been notified.

This is a tragic fatality crash that occurred over the Memorial Day weekend, and the Tampa Police Department would like to remind everyone to drive safe and use due care with the extended holiday weekend traffic.

Although this crash is involving a motorcyclist where a seatbelt is not an option, please remember to buckle-up when in a motor vehicle as it saves lives.

See original media alert below on the click it or ticket initiative with several alarming seatbelt statistics.

Lt. Lee Bercaw
Tampa Police Department

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Date: Fri May 27, 2011 08:13:13
From: Tampa Police PIO

Department-Wide Seat Belt Operation Geared to Save Lives during the Holiday Weekend
This increased enforcement is part of the national Click it or Ticket campaign which runs through June 5, 2011.

What: Patrol officers will join forces with the department's Traffic Enforcement Unit to help scope out motorists without a seatbelt.

When: May 27-May 30, 2011 throughout the City of Tampa

Failure to buckle up causes more fatalities than any other single traffic safety-related behavior. Enforcing the seat belt law saves lives, reduces injuries and can put tax dollars to better use. If officers have fewer crashes to investigate, they have more time to fight crime in Tampa. That is why the Tampa Police Department will join hundreds of other law enforcement agencies across the nation in the Click it or Ticket campaign May 23rd - June 5th. If officers find motorists without a seatbelt, they can expect to receive a ticket - not a warning. So buckle up and encourage your loved ones to do the same. You'll save the cost of a ticket and you may even save a life.

1. Every hour, someone dies in America simply because they didn't buckle up.
2. Back seat passengers who do not wear seat belts are three times as likely to die or have serious injuries as passengers who wear a rear seat belt.
3. The driver is held responsible for passengers under 18 years of age who are not buckled up.
4. Research shows that when a driver is unbuckled, 70 percent of the time children in that vehicle will not be buckled either. A child unrestrained in a 30-mile-per-hour crash is equivalent to a child falling from a three-story building. Personal choice is forfeited when others are injured and killed.
5. The seat belt violation fine is $103.00