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Keith Galante Critically Injured in Manatee County, Florida Motorcycle Accident

Keith Galante of Manatee County, Florida was injured Friday when a vehicle veered into the path of his motorcycle on 26th Street West, news sources indicate. The other driver, identified as Zachary Shield, 24, faces charges of a right-of-way violation. Galante, 38, was taken to the Blake Medical Center with serious injuries. It remains to be seen whether he will press charges.

Reports say the accident occurred as Galante was traveling along the north lanes of 26th street. The Ford Mustang, driven by Shield, attempted a left hand turn onto 45th Street, veering into Galante’s path and causing the biker to collide with his back end. Reports say Galante was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. When paramedics arrived, they rushed Galante to the Blake Medical Center’s trauma unit. Shield was charged with making an illegal turn; he was not injured.

Galante was not the only Florida resident injured in a motorcycle accident this past week. On Saturday, a Jupiter, Florida motorcyclist was injured in a car accident on Indiantown Road. Reports did not identify the victim’s name; the other driver was unidentified as well. An investigation is ongoing and so far no charges have been pressed. One driver was rushed to a nearby hospital with critical injuries.

Reports say the accident occurred around 7:00 Saturday morning on a stretch of Indiantown Road around Island Way. At some point while the motorcyclists was traveling along the road, he was struck by a car. One of the drivers was rushed to the hospital where they were listed in serious conditions. It remains unclear which driver was injured.

In other news, a woman in Collier County, Florida is dead and a baby is in serious condition after an accident on US-41. The woman was identified as Morning Star of Osceola County; the infant was identified as Madison Phillips. Star, 50, was pronounced dead at the scene. The infant was rushed to the Miami Children’s Hospital with critical injuries.

Reports say the accident occurred around 4:00 Monday morning as the mother and her child traveled along the eastbound lanes of US-41. At some point during the drive, Star lost control of her vehicle and it veered off the roadway, rolling onto its back. Both her and he child were ejected from the vehicle. Florida Highway Patrol says Star was not wearing her seatbelt and that she had failed to secure her child safely in the vehicle.
“The child was not in a certified car seat,” a FHP spokesperson said. “Once you’re ejected from the vehicle, chances of being critically injured exponentially increases.” The spokesperson went on to say that wearing a seatbelt “reduces the risk of death by 71 percent [during a roadway crash].”

Officials in Collier County made an announcement following the crash reminding parents to secure their children with seatbelts. “Being able to buckle up, saves lives, specifically with children,” the spokesperson said.

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