A biker killed on Dead Man’s Corner South of Belle Terre
Jeffery Coffman, age 59, was killed while riding his bike on U.S 1’s Triple-A Curve, also known as Dead Man’s Corner, South of Belle Terre.
If it weren’t for a passerby noticing debris on the deadly stretch road, then Jeffery Lynn Coffman might not have been found until several hours after the crash.
“Coffman would have probably been found the next day in the daylight but there was a lot of debris on the road but people stopped and found him in the ditch,” stated the FHP homicide investigator, Pete Young. The passerby stopped and investigated the scene, finding Coffman in the brush.
The estimation of the crash is set at Saturday night at 9:30 p.m. by Pete Young. Coffman crashed in the same way that many others have crashed on that road over the years. He did not negotiate the turn. He was driving his brand new black Harley Davidson when he overturned several times and got ejected without having a helmet on.
Coffman had served as a U.S Marine.
The spot has had so many accidents that investigation Young found himself having to trace exactly where Coffman’s motorcycle exited the road. Pete Young stated: “There are so many marks there where so many people left the road and scraped the road”.
The crash was reported to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office a little past 9:45 p.m. They were the first ones at the scene, while investigators and paramedics stayed past midnight pronouncing Coffman dead at the scene.
A 380 Smith and Wesson firearm in the pocket of Coffman’s body and was handed over to the sheriff’s office. “Apparently, he was by himself but they were searching Tennessee and all over for next of kin,” Young said
This road is almost half a mile south of the U.S 1 intersection with Belle Terre Boulevard. It is a scene that has had many fatal crashes and continues to be. The name that the road has “Triple-A Curve” is due to an AAA service station that was there three years ago. The road was named after that station that was operated by Charles Mellford “Chick” Miller and Mildred Close Nyland.
Traffic was diverted onto Belle Terre after the U.S. 1 south road was closed by the Palm Coast Fire Police. One lane was later opened to traffic being resume after midnight.
“Just finished, washing and waxing the big 107c.i. slightly raked, 100 hrspwr, brand new Harley Davidson Road Guild that we tried selling to ole slim here. Anybody remember that movie ‘Poker Run’ with Ray and Billie” was mentioned in Coffman’s Facebook post on November 30th.
“Always try to be aware of your surroundings!” was a caption posted by Coffman a few days later, about a motorcycle safety site where a video shows a terrible accident where a car violated the right-of-way.
Coffman was this year’s first death to be associated with Bike Week in Daytona Beach, which runs from Friday to next Sunday. There was a 30-year old motorcycle rider who was severely injured on Thursday while riding on Palm Coast’s Rymfire Drive