Article Courtesy of The Palm Beach Daily News
By Ian Cohen
Published May 7, 2018
Two days after a motorcyclist was airlifted to a hospital
following a crash involving a parked car carrier, the town reminded
residents that if car carriers block traffic, they are violating a town
In the release sent Thursday, the town
said car carriers are only allowed to load and unload
vehicles in three areas, including the south parking lot at
Phipps Ocean Park.. The other two locations are: the 300
block of North County Road, the west side of the street from
south of the fire house to north of Atlantic Avenue in areas
designated for on-street parking, and the 300 block on South
Lake Drive, between Brazilian and Australian avenues,
allowing both sides of traffic to flow.
The town said any car carriers found blocking lanes of
traffic can receive a code violation, traffic citation and
face a fine. Loading cars is only allowed between 8 a.m. and
8 p.m., and violators are subject to fines.
Despite the ordinances, witnesses to the accident this week
said they frequently see car carriers park illegally.
On Tuesday, a man in a gray Lexus was forced to stop while
waiting behind a car carrier that was blocking a portion of
the northbound lane at 2505 S. Ocean Blvd. After a few
southbound cars passed, the man, who declined to give his
name, said he drove around the carrier truck and pulled into
the entrance of The President of Palm Beach Condominium
across the street. But before his car pulled all the way
into the condominium parking lot, a red motorcycle driving
southbound clipped the car’s rear bumper, the man said.
A truck drives by the scene of Tuesday’s motorcycle
crash in Palm Beach, where a man was airlifted by Trauma Hawk to a
hospital. A car carrier, not pictured, was involved in the accident,
according to witnesses.
The motorcyclist hit the pavement and was unresponsive when officers
arrived, according to Palm Beach Fire-Rescue. He was airlifted off the
island by a Trauma Hawk. Palm Beach Fire-Rescue did not provide an update on
the injured man Friday.
The President of Palm Beach Condominium manager Monique Videla and resident
Stephanie Mannino, who saw the aftermath of Tuesday’s motorcycle crash, said
they routinely see car carriers illegally park on and block the road in the
2500 block of South Ocean Boulevard.
“The car carriers are constantly out here blocking the road way,” Videla
said. “I do think it was a big factor in this situation.”
Both said they thought the car carrier blocking the road on Tuesday likely
played a role in the crash.
“This is a hazard. They use these roads with those big trucks. I can’t tell
you how many of them are parking along here,” Mannino said. “If they don’t
start doing something, there’s gonna be more and more of these accidents.”