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Mood Turns Somber at Quaker Steak & Lube Bike Night

Things took a wrong turn Wednesday when there were two separate motorcycle accidents close to the popular bike night meet up.

is a motorcycle enthusiast's dream come true each Wednesday.

Bikes in every make and model line the enormous parking lot surrounding the building. Everything from Harley-Davidson to Ducati is represented at the weekly meet up.

But as a live band rocked the parking-lot crowd of bikers, who swilled beer and choked down chicken wings, two separate motorcycle accidents nearby left multiple riders and a driver injured Wednesday night.

A crash on 49th Street and 118th Avenue left the road closed at around 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Four motorcyclists were traveling at a high rate of speed northbound on 49th Street at about 9 p.m., according to Pinellas Park Police. One of the riders crashed into the back of a car making a u-turn, according to police.

The two other motorcycles were laid down by their riders.  All of the drivers involved were transported to local hospitals. The motorcyle drivers hurt in the crash are:

  • Sven Desouza, 36, of Clearwater, operating a Red 2008 Ducati motorcycle.  He laid his motorcycle down and slid approximately 250 feet.  He was transported to a hospital and was released with a concussion and road rash.
  • Pablo Quintana, 20, Tarpon Springs, operating a Black Honda 2006 motorcycle. He struck the rear of the 2001 Lincoln and was ejected from his motorcycle. He was found some 200 feet north of the point of impact.   He suffered serious injuries and was admitted to a local hospital.  He is expected to recover. 
  • Mikhail Lochan, 19, Hudson, operating a silver 2004 Kawasaki Motorcycle .  He was also ejected from his motorcycle and suffered serious injuries.  He was admitted to a local hospital and is expected to recover. 

Larhonda  Robinson, 17, of  Pinellas Park, was operating a Beige 2001 Lincoln.  She was transported to a local hospital and was released a few hours later with minor injuries.

Crash investigators are continuing their efforts to interview all parties and witnesses and complete their investigation before determining what charges could be made in this incident.

The Florida Highway Patrol was working a second, minor a crash northbound on US 19 in the 12500 block.  While emergency crews were working on that scene, another group of motorcyclists slowed near an emergency scene along the 12500 block of US 19.

Three motorcyclists were in the left lane moving at less then 20 miles per hour.  Witnesses say that Pedro Manuel Perez, 50, of Palm Harbor, was looking to his right at the initial crash scene.

As he accelerated, he ran into the rear of a 2006 Harley-Davidson motorcycle being driven by Randall Dean Shoudt, 44, of Clearwater. 

Perez was driving a 2005 Harley motorcycle.  The impact knocked both motorcycles down and the drivers onto the road

As Perez tumbled, a third motorcycle, a 2000 Honda Valkarie being driven by Anthony Francese, 67, of Shrewsbury, Mass., attempted to stop, but his motorcycle slid into Perez.  Francese was also thrown from his motorcycle.

Perez suffered life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital.  Shoudt and Francese suffered non-life threatening injuries and were treated by paramedics at the scene.  Perez and Shoudt were not wearing helmets.

Officers from the traffic homicide unit are continuing their investigation and will decide if any charges will be made when the investigation is complete.

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