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Crash ties up traffic for hours, leaves motorcyclist with serious injuries

— A motorcycle driver who suffered head trauma in an accident with another vehicle on U.S. 27 on Tuesday was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers.

James Jonathan Giles, 49, 3803 Thunderbird Hill Circle, Sebring, was listed in serious condition on Wednesday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The accident occurred around 2:30 p.m. on U.S. 27 at the intersection of Grand Prix Drive. Southbound lanes of U.S. 27 in that area were closed for at least five hours.

Sebring police determined that Mercedes Martille Muniz, 23, 1256 Woodbury Ave., Sebring, the driver of the other vehicle, a Pontiac Grand Prix, was responsible for the accident, as the motorcycle had the right of way, a report said.

Although police determined that Giles wasn’t responsible for the accident, he will also be cited because his driver’s license was revoked and that he was designated a habitual traffic offender, the report said.

Muniz, who was not injured in the accident, reported that she was heading north on U.S. 27 to go to Wal-Mart. When she turned left at Grand Prix Drive, she did not see the motorcycle as she headed across the southbound lanes of U.S. 27, she told police, according to the report.


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