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Updated: 04/20/2017 08:30:03AM

Two riders thrown in separate wrecks

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By PHIL ATTINGER

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SEBRING — Separate, unrelated motorcycle wrecks sent two drivers to regional hospitals with serious injuries, Florida Highway Patrol reported Wednesday.

In both cases, FHP reported, the riders were not wearing helmets and it is unknown, at this time, if alcohol was a factor.

The first wreck occurred at 7:05 p.m. on U.S. 27 at or near County Road 17. Luis Montanez, 66, of Kissimmee was northbound out of Lake Placid on a 2016 Harley-Davidson in the left lane when he failed to negotiate the curve and traveled off the pavement into the median.

The motorbike kept going north and overturned onto its right side. Montanez fell off and landed facing north in the median. His motorcycle kept going, spun around and stopped in the median, facing south.

Montanez was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers with serious injuries.

Later that night, at 10:40 p.m., H.C. McElroy, 39, of Sebring was riding a 2016 Harley-Davidson “Glide” westbound in the eastbound lane of Haywood Taylor Boulevard, approaching Webster Turn Drive, FHP reports stated.

He hit a raised concrete curb and lost control, reports said. The motorcycle overturned, and McElroy was thrown onto the roadway. The motorbike came to a rest in the eastbound lane on its left side, facing north.

McElroy was taken with serious injuries to Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center in Lakeland, reports said.


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