A Panama City man is pronounced dead after a motorcycle crash on the Hathaway Bridge Wednesday night.
Panama city Police say it happened about 9:15 last night on U.S. Highway 98, near the top of the bridge. 27-year-old Daniel Lemon was traveling west in the center lane on his Yamaha motorcycle.
34-year-old Steven Smith was following Lemon on his Kawasaki. Police say Smith's motorcycle struck Lemon's cycle causing Smith to lose control.
He was thrown from the bike and was transported to a hospital and was pronounced dead around 6:30 pm on Thursday.
He was reportedly not wearing a helmet. Lemon maintained control and was not injured. The accident is still under investigation.
The Panama City Police Department is currently investigating a traffic crash involving two motorcycles in the 6000 block of at W. Hwy. 98, the Hathaway Bridge.
Panama City Police responded to the crash at approximately 9:13 p.m. A 2006 Yamaha motorcycle being driven by Daniel A. Lemon, 27 years of age, was traveling west on the bridge in the center traffic lane. A 2007 Kawasaki motorcycle being driven by Steven L. Smith, 34, years of age, was traveling behind Lemon in the same lane west on the bridge.
Smith's motorcycle struck Lemon's motorcycle causing Smith to loose control and he was ejected. Smith was transported to a local hospital by ambulance with life threatening injuries; he was not wearing a helmet. Lemon was able to maintain control of his motorcycle and was not injured.
The westbound traffic on the bridge was temporarily closed until one lane could be opened. Traffic investigators remained on scene about two hours until all traffic was reopened. The crash remains under investigation; more information will be release as it becomes available.
If you have any information in reference to this incident please contact the Panama City Police Department at 850-872-3112 or you can report your tips anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 850-785-TIPS.
Information provided by the Panama City Police Department