Motorcyclist stable after crash in Holmes Beach

A motorcyclist tumbled and crashed into a utility box in the 5800 block of Marina Drive at about 9:30 p.m. Dec. 13.

Jason Gifford, 39, of Holmes Beach, was returning from a bar, “where he was having a few drinks,” before he ran off the road and into the Frontier Communications utility box near a trolley stop on the east side of the street, according to Holmes Beach Police Detective Sgt. Brian Hall, who responded to the scene.

Gifford was in stable condition Dec. 14 at Blake Medical Center in Bradenton, Hall said.

A witness reported observing Gifford tumbling with the motorcycle numerous times in the crash, landing in front of West Manatee Fire Rescue Station 3 at 6001 Marina Drive.

EMS at WMFR responded, pulling the ambulance out of the station onto the driveway.

Gifford was traveling north at about 45 mph on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, Hall said, adding that his Facebook profile photo shows him sitting on the motorcycle he crashed.

The detective also said Gifford’s alcohol consumption was a factor in the crash and the HBPD would ask the state to charge Gifford with driving under the influence with property damage.

In addition to the HBPD, Manatee County EMS responded and transported Gifford to the hospital.

            — Kathy Prucnell

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