Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Neptune Beach Man Dies When Motorcycle Collides with SUV

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Neptune Beach Man Dies When Motorcycle Collides with SUV

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A motorcyclist died after a collision with a sport utility vehicle Saturday afternoon in Ponte Vedra Beach, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Neil Phelps, 44, of Neptune Beach died after being flown to UF Health Jacksonville following the crash, shortly before 4 p.m. in the 2400 block of South Ponte Vedra Boulevard, also known as Florida A1A.

Neither Kelly Saltman, 30, of Ponte Vedra Beach, who was driving a black GMC Terrain, nor her passengers, Sydney Saltman, 5, and Sam Saltman, 1, also of Ponte Vedra Beach, were injured, the Highway Patrol said.

The Highway Patrol said the SUV was southbound on Florida A1A and the motorcycle was northbound. The SUV made a left turn in front of the approaching motorcycle and the two vehicles collided in the northbound lane, according to the Highway Patrol.

It was unknown whether Phelps had been wearing a motorcycle helmet. The Saltmans had been restrained by seat belts or child safety seats, the Highway Patrol said.

Teresa Stepzinski


A Southeast Georgia woman died after falling out of a sport utility vehicle traveling on a Nassau County road Saturday night, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Brittanie Gail Evans, 24, of Douglas, was among three passengers in a Jeep Wrangler driven by John Benjamin Mills, 30, of Fitzgerald, Ga., traveling west on Pages Dairy Road west of Yulee Hills Road about 11:30 p.m. The Jeep didn't have any of the doors attached, the Highway Patrol said.

For an unknown reason, Evans, who had been in right passenger seat, was leaning out of the Jeep. She then fell out of the vehicle and hit the paved shoulder of Pages Dairy Road. Evans, who wasn't wearing a seat belt, died after being flown to UF Health Jacksonville, according to the Highway Patrol.

Mills and his two other passengers, Sarah Elizabeth Peacock, 27, of Tifton, Ga., and Alexandria Nicole Tomlinson, 22, of Dublin, Ga., were not injured.

All had been wearing their seat belts, the Highway Patrol said. …

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