Belle Glade Sun

Motorcyclist died in Belle Glade traffic crash

BELLE GLADE — A 62-year-old Coral Springs man died in a traffic crash on Tuesday, April 3.

A Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) press release stated that at approximately 11:51 a.m. a 1999 Freightliner operated by George Terry Jr., 66, of Belle Glade, was traveling northbound on Highway 27 in the 1400 block in Belle Glade.

A 2008 Kia Sportage operated by Donna Bower-Knaack, 77, of Cumming, Georgia, and a 2005 Harley Davidson Electra motorcycle operated by Steven Patierno, 62, of Coral Springs, were stopped in the construction zone on Highway 27. Traffic was stopped by a flagman working in the construction zone, so construction equipment could be moved.

The Freightliner approached from the rear and for unknown reasons, was unable to stop. The Freightliner collided with the Sportage, which caused the Sportage to launch forward and into the rear of the motorcycle.

The driver of the motorcycle, Mr. Patierno, was ejected from the motorcycle and onto the ground.

The Sportage and motorcycle were redirected in a northeast direction which left Mr. Patierno exposed in the roadway.

The Freightliner continued northbound and ran over Mr. Patierno.

It was reported that Mr. Patierno was pronounced dead on scene.

Mr. Terry and Ms. Bower-Knaack were not injured in the accident.

Mr. Terry and Ms. Bower-Knaack were wearing their seatbelts.

PBSO Deputy Loudermilk was the investigator.