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Motorcyclist flown to hospital in Wards Creek crash, authorities say

FHP: Rider thrown from bike on SR-13 suffers critical injuries

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla., – A motorcyclist was thrown from his bike Tuesday in a crash in St. Johns County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. 

Matthew Proper, 23, from Green Cove Springs was flown to Orange Park Medical Center with critical injuries after his motorcycle hit another car on State Road 13, right in front of Trout Creek Fish Camp. This is just east of the Shands Bridge.

FHP said a car was stopped to turn left into the fish camp and a Camaro stopped behind, waiting for it to turn.

Proper failed to stop, according to FHP, and crashed into the Camaro that was stopped ahead. The impact threw him off his bike and onto the road. Investigators added he was not wearing a helmet at the time.

Northbound traffic was stopped at Wards Creek and southbound at the Shands Bridge split during the morning commute.

All lanes reopened shortly after 11 a.m. Investigators said charged are pending.


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