PALM COAST, Fla. - The driver of a Porsche that rear-ended a motorcycle on Interstate 95 early Sunday morning died when his car ran off the road, struck a tree and burst into flames, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Troopers say 34-year-old Adam Mathews (pictured below), of Jacksonville, died in the wreck at 3:30 a.m. about a mile north of the Palm Coast Parkway exit in Flagler County. His passenger, Gena Coursen, 38, was airlifted to UF Health/Shands in Gainesville with critical injures.
Allison Swisher, 57, of Greenville, S.C., was ejected from the Harley after it left the road. She was taken to Florida Hospital with minor injuries, according to the FHP report.
Troopers say the car was going north in the outside lane when it rear-ended the slower moving motorcycle. After the collision, both vehicles traveled onto the grass shoulder and into the woods line. Despite wearing her seat belt, the passenger of the Porsche was ejected when the car struck a large tree and caught fire. Troopers say Mathews could not escape the burning vehicle.
According to the report, the accident is still under investigation.
Mathews was the IT security chief for the city of Jacksonville. He joined the city in 2003 and became IT security chief in 2011.
"From Mayor Brown across our city staff, our thoughts and prayers are with Adam's family, the other victims involved and their families," the city said in a statement. "Adam was a very jovial and cheerful person, always with a smile on his face. He was well liked in ITD and across COJ. He will be missed very much professionally and personally."
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