Merritt Island Girl Killed In Motorcycle Accident Identified
MERRITT ISLAND, Florida -- The Florida Highway Patrol reported that 13-year-old Jessica Dalrymple of Merritt Island was killed in a motorcycle accident on State Road 3 (Courtney Parkway) at noon on Sunday at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
67-year-old Michael Bowers of Merritt Island was riding a 1994 Honda motorcycle northbound on Courtney Parkway with Dalrymple as a passenger. Meanwhile, 64-year-old Grace Bowers of Merritt Island was riding a 2002 Honda motorcycle behind the first motorcycle.
According to FHP reports, for an unknown reason, Dalrymple fell off the 1994 Honda and the front of the 2002 Honda then struck the rear of the 1994 Honda. The impact caused both motorcycles to fall over and both riders were ejected.
Michael Bowers was transported to Halifax Medical Center in serious condition. Grace Bowers was transported to Holmes Regional Medical Center in critical condition.
At this time, FHP troopers are investigating an allegation that the first motorcycle struck a deer prior to the second motorcycle striking the first motorcycle.