Two separate motorcycle accidents in the Upper Keys last weekend sent three people to the hospital with serious injuries.
Key Largo resident Joshua P. Gallo, 38, underwent multiple surgeries at Kendall Regional Medical Center following a 5:25 p.m. Friday crash on Plantation Key. Friends posting on Facebook reported Gallo's injuries are serious but he is expected to recover.
Gallo was riding a Kawasaki north near mile marker 90.3 around 5:25 p.m. when traffic slowed in front of him. Gallo told Florida Highway Patrol investigators that he "attempted to slow down but lost control" and struck the back of a pickup truck.
The pickup truck continued to head north without stopping, the FHP said. "It is unknown if the [truck driver] was aware of the collision."
Gallo was wearing a helmet. He was flown by air ambulance to Kendall.
Traffic slowed but was routed onto the Old Highway to keep moving around the accident scene.
Two Homestead residents were seriously injured Sunday afternoon when a car pulled out in front of them on Key Largo, the FHP reported.
The accident occurred near mile marker 104, just north of the Rowell's Marina field that was hosting the Key Largo Stone Crab and Seafood Festival.
Alexander Alvarez, 44, and Magaly Barrio, 43, were riding a 2015 Harley Davidson north on U.S. 1 around 2:25 p.m., the FHP reported.
A 1997 Ford Mustang, driven by Homestead resident Somboon Allen, 74, pulled out of Taylor Drive on the oceanside and headed toward a median crossover to turn south. The Mustang "pulled into the path" of the motorcycle, which crashed into the car's left front side, the FHP said. Allen was not injured.
Charges were pending further investigation. Total damages to the Harley and the Mustang were estimated at $27,000. No condition report was available for Alvarez and Barrio.