Motorcyclist killed in crash with school bus, police say

JSO: Bus turned across path of 35-year-old motorcyclist, who died at hospital

By Ashley Spicer - Reporter, anchor, Steve Patrick - News4Jax digital managing editor

A 35-year-old motorcyclist was killed Monday morning in a crash with a school bus on Lake Shore Boulevard between San Juan Avenue and Park Street, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Police said Randell Boyer was headed north on Lake Shore Boulevard about 7:30 a.m. when a bus from a private school turned left onto Camille Avenue, crossing Boyer's path.

According to JSO, Boyer's motorcycle hit the front of the bus, and he was thrown off. He died shortly after arriving at a local hospital, police said.

Boyer lived less than 2 miles from the intersection.

No children on the bus were injured, according to police.

A 15-year-old who was on the bus said there 12 seventh- through 12th-grade students on board when the crash happened. The teen, who asked not to be identified, said he was so upset by what he saw that he wasn't able to go to school.

"It’s repeating in my head over and over, what happened. It starts and keeps going, then starts over again," he said. "He had stuff, all his stuff spread out. He was laying there, gasping for air, and I couldn’t do anything… He lost a lot of blood."

Neighbors told News4Jax that the crash happened before children were out for school.

One neighbor, who asked not to be identified, said the sound of the crash woke up his family.

"The bus driver was out trying to help the guy, trying to attempt CPR," the man said. "My wife and I are CPR-trained. We were going to come out and help, but the fire station is right on the road, and they responded quick, and then they took over, so we went back inside. It’s a sad thing."

North Florida Education Institute is a private VPK through 12th-grade school with campuses on Arques Road on Jacksonville's Westside and Lawton Avenue on the Northside. School representatives had no comment when asked about the crash.

Lake Shore reopened to traffic just before 9 a.m.

 

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