79th Annual Daytona Bike Week Off to a Tragic Start 

79th Annual Daytona Bike Week Off to a Tragic Start 


Daytona Beach – Florida 

Cristal M Clark 

Rumor has it that the Coronavirus is not doing so well in warmer climates which is perfect for those attending Daytona Beach for Bike Week where thousands and thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts descend upon Daytona Beach to celebrate their shared passion for being free, feeling the wind in their hair and hitting the open road on two wheels. 


The Daytona Beach Bike Week rally started as the Daytona 200 race on January 24, 1937. This first race was a 3.2 miles beach and pavement course. It was won by Ed Kretz from California riding an Indian motorcycle with an average speed of 73.34 mph. 

Locals love Bike Week, they enjoy the festivities, report that for the most part those that travel in for it are fun, friendly and just down to earth good old boy types. 

Tragically, this year’s event started off rather sadly. A 46-year-old woman and a 47-year-old man, both from New York, and a 65-year-old man from Missouri were killed in a motorcycle crash when two motorcycles collided early this morning. According to the police investigation, the New York man who happened to be on a dark blue 2012 Harley-Davidson with the female as passenger allegedly tried to change lanes and crossed into the way of the Missouri man riding a maroon 2018 Harley-Davidson. All three were knocked off their bikes during the collision. The investigation is still ongoing and charges could be pending. 


Sadly, Bike Week has always had its share of deaths, 2016 saw the largest number of deaths at 20 which is reported to be the largest number of rider deaths so far, 2000 came in second to that, while 2002 hit lucky number 13 rider deaths. 

It’s enough that riders have to watch out for careless drivers in cars, hopefully they will be more cautious and look out for each other moving forward this year. 

Cristal M Clark

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