JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Heartbroken family members say a motorcyclist involved in a serious crash in Loretto on Wednesday has died from his injuries.
Julian Whitener, according to his sister Melisa, died after his motorcyclist collided with a car. Jacksonville police said the crash took place at the intersection of San Jose Boulevard and Ricky Drive around 8:45 p.m.
Melisa Whitener said her baby brother was a good father and twin who loved to ride his motorcycle. When asked, she spoke about what she’ll miss most about her brother.
“For being a big baby at heart. For trying to put on a tough exterior. When he handed me that little trinket box out of the blue, and he told me he loved me,” she said. “Always spoke his mind. Thinks what he wants. Didn’t conform. Kept his values, didn’t matter if it someone else’s. It’s what he lived by. It’s what he died by.”
The 42-year-old’s sister set up a GoFundMe account to help with funeral costs. Investigators said the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
Workers at a bike shop on San Jose Boulevard say the intersection where the crash occurred is frequently busy.
“I test ride bicycles out here after we repair them, and I almost got hit twice by people flying through the parking lot. So, I have changed my route, and of course, wear a helmet and watch for cars,” said Paul Sluder, who works at Champion Cycling. “When we’re getting traffic, if people get impatient, they will cut through our parking lot to drive down Ricky Drive so they don’t have to wait and turn.”
Melisa Whitener will remember her brother as a free spirit.
“Lived life to the fullest,” she said. “Didn’t let the world change him.”
According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the driver of the car was not hurt and was cooperating with the investigation.