CRESTVIEW — A 31-year-old motorcyclist was critically injured Thursday night on State Road 85 just north of 7th Special Forces Way, according to the Florida Highway Patrol press release.
Nicholas Posatiere of Mentor, Ohio, was driving southbound around 10 p.m. in the right hand lane going faster than the posted speed limit coming up behind another vehicle and was unable to slow down enough to avoid collision with a vehicle in front of him, the release stated.
When he struck the rear of the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse, Posatiere was thrown from his motorcycle.
Posatiere was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. He was taken to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola.
It is not known if alcohol was a factor, the release stated.
The driver of the Chevrolet, 45-year-old Fenton, Mich. resident Anthony Tata suffered minor injuries. His four passengers were not injured.
Charges are pending further investigation, the release stated.