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Motorcyclist Dies in Early Morning Crash

A Largo motorcyclist died of injuries sustained in an early morning collision in downtown Clearwater on Wednesday, according to Clearwater Police.

A Largo motorcyclist is dead after an early morning collision on Court Street Wednesday.

Torin G. Quiles, 22, was pronounced dead while being taken to for life-threatening injuries.

Virginia J. Graham, 60, of Clearwater, was driving a 2001 Mercury west on Court Street around 2 a.m., Clearwater Police report. She passed through the intersection at Highland Avenue, and shortly thereafter made an illegal U-turn pulling directly into the path of Quiles, who was driving a 1999 Yamaha motorcycle. Graham failed to yield the right of way, according to police.

Quiles was traveling at a high speed and struck the right rear of the Mercury, police report.

The road was closed until 7 a.m. Wednesday. 

*updated 10:29 July 5, 2012

Gerry Ashley July 05, 2012 at 11:33 AM
Once again, an illegal U-turn results in the death of a motorcyclist. However, a part of the responsibility is due to on the motorcyclist for speeding. If he had not been seeding, I might have been able to avoid the idiot moron auto driver. So one again, if a motorcycle had driven with more caution, he might have been able to avoid the fatal accident. ALWAYS ride with the assumption that drivers will do something dangerous to you. It would help if the courts would throw the book at drivers whose stupid driving results in KILLING others whether its motorcycle riders, pedestrians or anyone!
Chris July 05, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Well said Gerry. An old-timer on a motorcycle forum I used to visit had a signature that read "Remember all the others on the road are crazy & out to kill you." Wise words. He's been riding since 1946.
Dick Cheney July 05, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Wrong. The unsafe actions of this punk motorcyclist led to the actions that caused him his life. Tired of all the apologists for snot-nosed jerks on bikes blaming others for getting greased. Just mother nature thinning out the herd. Glad this creep only killed himself and no one else.
Belinda July 05, 2012 at 07:39 PM
DICK, perfect name for you!! That was my son,
samantha July 06, 2012 at 01:53 PM
FIRST of all im going to say i miss my borther. second you people have no clue what your talking about, so you ride i have to and i was always cautious and yet i got into an accident from an idiot driver. My brother may have been going fast but the road he was on declined and when he was riding up the road he would not have been able to see the other driver till he went up the hill. if he was going the speed limit this would have happened. this woman is the cause of this accident regardless of his speed. she made and illegal u turn on a very busy road when she shouldnt have and my brother had the right of way, point blank sir. your an a.. whole and need to be mindful of your words. we whom drive larger VEHICLE NEED TO REALIZE THAT WE CAUSE MORE DAMAGE TO THEM on bikes. NOW IF MY BROTHER WAS THE ONE TO CAUSE THIS HE HAD IT COMEING BUT SORRY HE WAS DOING WHAT WE ALL DO, SPEED! this woman should have been midful of her surrounding and how the road dips at highland and not made the turn. this is the reason for the no u turn sign because of speeder traveling east on 60. dont blame a young rider because of his speed to protect and older woman. he was a good man and a good father to his baby girl. like belinda said dick is a perfect name for you. i myself would call you far worse.
me July 07, 2012 at 12:43 AM
I think all need to relize both partys are at fault ,shame a life was lost but lets all remember nobody is perfect and have all made mistakes,at some point in time in your lives u have run a red light,stopped short,went faster then posted sign ,made a turm u shouldnt have all of u are looking to blame someone else.stop an look at yourselves
Marcy Yauchler July 07, 2012 at 11:57 PM
I live 1 block from this intersection and it's dangerous. There are no left turns or u turns allowed for good reason. They need to install lit up signs and hang them up by the red lights. Numerous times each day I hear the horns beeping because someone is clueless and blocking a lane trying to turn left. How many more people will need to die there before they make a change?
Melissa July 09, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Mr Cheney, 1st of all that "creep" was 22 with a child. Was he speeding...of course they can only guess. Let us all be mature and not name call. He has family and friends that could very possibly read all of this. As for the accident itself yes two were at fault but lets face it even at a normal rate of speed when a person pulls a illegal u-turn the results would have very well been the same...55 or 65 mph would NOT have been any different. I think the lady in the vehicle should be punished for breaking the law...Torin has already paid the ultimate price for his actions. She contributed to his death and should be held accountable.
Melissa July 09, 2012 at 05:06 PM
SomeONE is to blame for this accident and one person paid with his life and the other should be held accountable also...had I ran a red light in my past, those actions did NOT cause the life of another. This mistake did. Every action you take has a reaction...and should always think before you act. Had she taken the time to go down and turn around the right way...Torin would be here. He paid for his breaking the law......
Melissa July 09, 2012 at 05:08 PM
I am sorry for y'alls loss and that some people can be such "Dicks"
T Rex July 09, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Call Morgan & Morgan. Sounds like white trash looking for a big payday.
92635954 July 09, 2012 at 06:14 PM
A shame that another irresponsible motorcyclist has been killed because he acted immaturely and endangered the public with his unsafe stunts. RIP.
Belinda July 11, 2012 at 02:53 AM
1st off I want say I am the stepfather of the young man. I also want to point out that high rate of speed just means enough to do the damage that was done. Unless someone can give me a number on exactly how fast Torin was going, only then I will accept any amount of cause on Torin's part. 5 miles an hour the speed limit is speeding, technically. I dare anyone here that has all the negative attitudes ride a motorcycle into a wall at 5 miles an hour. See how you fare, I don't think you will take me up on my offer. I ride bikes and ride like everyone is out to kill you. The reason I ride like that is because of idiots. Just like the ones stating punk biker, white trash and irresponsible bikers. These are the ones that should be thinned out of the herd. Unfortunately we can't just do away with stupid. As for the facts someone not only turn into my son’s path and it was done illegally. This was the crime.
Dick Cheney July 11, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Your son caused his own death. Take responsibility and face the facts.
Michael D. July 11, 2012 at 02:01 PM
The problem a lot of people have are the many motorcyclists who openly break traffic laws on a regular basis. An example would be the two motorcyclist that pass everyone in traffic in the emergency lane daily on the Bayside Bridge during Rush Hour traffic. It's an emergency lane not a motorcycle lane. In this case as far as know the Rider was driving the legal limit and the lady did an illegal U-turn. It's is unfortunite this young man died due to this lady's illegal U-turn. If he was in a car would he have survived, possibly. But that is the risk the rider assumes by riding a motorcycle. If you hit something you have accepted that you will not have walls of metal to protect you. As far as Belinda's agrument of hitting something at 5 mph on a motorcycle. Your son assumed that risk, don't blame others for the risk he assumed. You assume that once you take the motorcycle on the road; you are not potected upon any impact regardless of who caused it. Don't get mad at others because the risk a grown adult assumed by riding. It is an invalid agrument in the discussion. It is what it is, a young man died because his motorcyclist struck a car due to the illegal u-turn being made by the car.
Belinda July 11, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Michael D, really assumed the risk? Are you just ignorant or willingly ignorant? That would be like saying everyone that drives on the road is at fault for their own death if involved in an accident. This is whether in a car, on a motorcycle or walking across the street. As per the report high rate of speed is a vague term, nothing based in fact. As it was stated the only fact of the case is an illegal U-turn was made and failed to yield right away. This is a fact and that was the crime. DICK you are a pretty big man on here. I doubt a person of your caliber would have the guts to say something like that to my face. I just hope all you people that automatically want to put all blame on the biker. I hope you meet up and cut off or not yield the right of way to a pack of my fellow bikers and get their just dues. Cagers like you do not deserve to be on the road or even be part of our civilized society.
Michael D. July 11, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Belinda, Obviously you didn't read my post with any logic thought involved. You do assume risk when you drive any motor vehicle and assume more risk when that vehicle doesn't have four walls of steel around it. You know if you hit any object that there is nothing surrounding you to protect you. That doesn't mean that you are at fault, but that there is a risk involved that could cause injury or death. That is called an assumed risk. And if you "READ" my post. You know that skill they teach in grade school, you would have read these two lines: " In this case as far as know the Rider was driving the legal limit and the lady did an illegal U-turn." "It is what it is, a young man died because his motorcyclist struck a car due to the illegal u-turn being made by the car." Now before you critize a response, Please "READ" and "THINK" before replying.
J Parsons July 11, 2012 at 05:18 PM
He was speeding. END OF STORY.
8218y4500 July 11, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Speed kills. The boy took a chance and he paid the price. Really getting old having bikers fail to man up for their actions. Speed kills. Deal with it.
JONATHAN July 13, 2012 at 08:22 PM
a high rate of speed does not mean he was speeding, it means that the speed on the road was high and he was doing what the law told him to do. the man that lost his life was my best friend and like a brother to me and to see these people talkin shit like that really pisses me off. you didnt know him so shut your mouths, it was cuz of the old lady breaking the law that an amazing person is gone now, she should be charged with murder. momma, its me jon, i love you guys and i love torin, i will pretect his good name with my life i promise, DICK, COME TO TX AND TALK TO ME, I GOT SOME WORDS FOR YOU.....THAT IS IF YOU ARE MAN ENOUGH
JONATHAN July 13, 2012 at 08:27 PM
he wasnt speeding, he was doing the speed limit
Melissa July 17, 2012 at 01:06 AM
NO, he was NOT speeding. NO where does the article say he WAS!! Had that been the case then the article would have said he was. I believe NO ONE is reading anything in these posts. IT says a HIGH RATE OF SPEED. the posted speed limit on that road is 60, which is a high rate of speed. Good grief people.
Diane Roberson@ September 07, 2012 at 11:24 PM
I am so sorry for your loss.
William M. June 08, 2013 at 07:57 PM
What you idiots fail to realize is the cause of the crash was her illegal u turn. End of story. His speed means nothing. Did his shouted cause the wreck or was it her illegal U turn? Put it this way, had she blown a red light and hit him would it be any different? Would you idiots then be saying it's his fault for her blowing the light? Virginia Graham is the only one who aid he was speeding. This means either she seen him speeding and still illegally turned in front of him or she never seen him and is lying about his speed to cover her sorry ass. By the way his daughter now has to grow up without a father because of some ignorant woman who can't figure out how to drive legally. I know the pain his little 2 year old goes through because she is my niece. RIP Torin. You will be missed. Don't worry about Dalylah, we'll keep her safe for you man.

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