Live Oak —
A Live Oak man died from injuries sustained in a car versus motorcycle crash early Saturday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
A report shows that on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 2:15 a.m., Kenneth Bryan Lucier, 41, Live Oak, was killed after being thrown from his motorcycle after being struck by a car. Lucier was then drug several feet by a tractor trailer that was behind the car in Lafayette County, near the border with Southern Suwannee County.
Lucier’s brother, Timothy Glen Lucier, 38, Tampa, who was a passenger on the motorcycle, sustained critical injuries from being ejected. Family members say Timothy Lucier is recovering slowly in an area hospital.
Kenneth Lucier leaves behind a daughter, two brothers and his mother and father.
The driver of the 2003 Ford Mustang that struck the motorcycle, Michael Devon Miller, 45, Lake City, was arrested and jailed in Lafayette County for driving while license suspended involving death, serious bodily injury, as well as a habitual traffic offender, FHP reported.
FHP didn’t report if Miller was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Additional charges are pending a traffic homicide investigation.
According to FHP, Kenneth Lucier was southbound on US 27 near US 349 in Lafayette County on the motorcycle with passenger Timothy Lucier on the back of the bike. Miller was approaching the rear of the motorcycle, while a 2011 Kenworth tractor trailer driven by Alexander J. Brooks, 44, Live Oak, was also traveling southbound on US 27 approaching the rear of the Mustang.
Reports further state the Mustang's front struck the rear of the motorcycle impaling it into the front of the Mustang. Both occupants on the motorcycle were separated from the bike. Timothy Lucier came to a final rest on the paved portion of US 27, just south of the impact and Kenneth Lucier came to a final rest in the southbound travel lane. Both the motorcycle and the Mustang continued to travel in a southerly direction, leaving the roadway on the northbound shoulder. The tractor trailer driver saw the lights of the Mustang, but did not see Kenneth Lucier in the roadway and struck his body, dragging it several feet before coming to a final rest near the center line of US 27.
FHP states that Kenneth Lucier did not survive his injuries and was pronounced deceased on scene at 2:35 a.m. by Lafayette County EMS. Timothy Lucier sustained critical injuries and was taken to Shands UF.
The tractor trailer driver, as well as Miller and his passenger, Archie Maurice Edwards, 43, Madison, did not sustain any injuries in the crash.
Gary Thompson, first cousin of Kenneth Lucier and Timothy Lucier, said the family is devastated. Kenneth lost his home in a fire several months ago and he and his immediate family moved in with his parents in Live Oak.
Timothy is said to have suffered from multiple bone breaks and has underwent several surgeries.
The family is asking for monetary donations for the Kenneth Lucier Burial Fund. You can drop off your donation to Certified Hydraulics in Branford at 7737 US 27, or you can donate online to the Fund at http://www.gofundme.com/5o4bko.