Lake Helen, FL – A 20-year-old Sanford motorcyclist is in critical condition after he was struck by a car hauler while trying to pick up debris from Interstate 4.
Branden Ditterline was airlifted to Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford soon after the accident took place around 1:40 PM Monday on the eastbound side of Mile Marker 117. That’s near Orange Camp Road.
FHP Sergeant Kim Montes says Ditterline was riding his motorcycle with a group of other motorcyclists when he saw something fall from of one of the motorcycles in front of him and land on the road.
“He stopped on the side of I-4, got off of his motorcycle and ran into the center lane of eastbound I-4,” Montes added. “The front of [a car hauler] struck [Ditterline] while he was still wearing his motorcycle helmet.”
The driver of the car hauler – 41-year-old Todd Newhall of Palm Coast – wasn’t hurt, according to troopers at the scene. He was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash, per the accident report.
The wreck forced authorities to close that side of I-4 for around an hour as paramedics tended to Ditterline and cleaned up the road.
Charges are pending the completion of the investigation.
Photo above of the traffic delays is courtesy of FL511.com.
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