KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Florida Highway Patrol troopers are investigating a crash that resulted in the death of a motorcyclist in Kissimmee on Sunday.
Channel 9 learned the victim had just left a biker awareness meeting Sunday night when he slammed into a Jeep at the corner of East Vine Street and Nebraska Avenue.
Officials said moments before the crash, a Kissimmee police officer tried to stop the motorcyclist for speeding. But the man allegedly did not pull over, and the officer lost sight of him.
Members with the Fly-N-Ryderz Motorcycle Club stared at the mangled bike in disbelief, saying it belonged Juan "Banks" Irizarry.
"We build a lot of memories and we are a big family, and today, it's just horrible," said one club member.
Angelika Quinones said just before the crash, the biker came barreling toward her mother's Jeep as they were about to turn onto Nebraska Avenue.
"We were already out there, so I couldn't do nothing," said Quinones.
"It was so intense, as if they were trying to speed or whatnot," said witness Gustavo Alvira.
Quinones said her mother and her mother's boyfriend were taken to Osceola Regional Medical Center, but both are expected to be OK.
"She had glass all over her, and her boyfriend was in the front seat, so I think he got stitches in his foot," said Quinones.
The front passenger door was bashed in and the motorcycle was torn apart, authorities said.
Banks' friends wouldn't talk about the possibility he may have been speeding. Authorities said he was wearing a helmet, but was killed instantly because the impact was so violent.
"We lost a good
friend, a brother," said a club member.
Detectives said it will take a couple of days to figure out what happened and who was at fault.