Tampa Motorcycle Accident Raises Driver Age Debate

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Erik Abrahamson, J.D. April 15, 2012

A Tampa motorcycle accident involving a 100-year-old driver has raised the question of how old is too old to operate a motor vehicle.

On Tuesday, April 3, Apollo Beach resident Howard Francis Demask hit 22-year-old Timothy Mohammed Soliman, who is also an Apollo Beach resident.

Deputies with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said the Tampa motorcycle accident occurred when Demask was attempting to make a left-hand turn onto Flamingo Drive from the left-turn lane of U.S. Highway 41. Deputies said Demask’s car struck Soliman, who was heading southbound on Highway 41, when Soliman entered Demask’s path on a 2008 Suzuki motorcycle.

Deputies said the strike threw Soliman, who was not wearing a helmet, from his motorcycle. Soliman was taken to Tampa General Hospital.

Demask received minor injuries and was not taken to a hospital. No charges have been filed involving the accident and an investigation is ongoing.

Demask said the last time he was involved in an accident was 60 years ago. In a television interview, Demask appeared alert and aware of his surroundings and the accident.

Experts on age said someone’s driving abilities, not age, should determine when they should stop driving. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Florida has more than 455 licensed drivers older than 100. Of that amount, 16 are registered in Hillsborough County and 39 in Pinellas County.