Teenage Motorcyclist Dies After Melbourne Accident

Motorcyclist dies in Melbourne, Florida.
Motorcyclist dies in Melbourne, Florida.

MELBOURNE, Florida – Brandon Thurber, 18, of Melbourne was riding his motorcycle on Saturday just after 6 p.m. when he was involved in an accident with a vehicle.

When police arrived at the scene of the accident, at the intersection of Eau Gallie Boulevard and Mosswood Drive, they found Thurber with life-threatening injuries. He was transported to Holmes Regional Medical Center where he later passed.

According to authorities, the driver of the vehicle, Girish Shah, 67 was on Eau Gallie Boulevard heading east in the left turn lane and turned into the young man’s path.

Thurber was traveling west on Eau Gallie Boulevard at a “high rate of speed” at the time of the crash, according to crash reports.

The Melbourne Police Department is still investigating this tragic accident. However, they do not believe that alcohol or drugs were involved.


SN Brandon Thurber, USN, was a former Petty Officer Third Class of the David McCampbell Battalion and later, the Courageous Division.

His family will be having a celebration of life for Brandon on Saturday, December 1, 2018, 12 PM – 3 PM at the American Legion Post 117, located at 189 Veterans Dr. SE, Palm Bay, Florida 32909.

In lieu of flowers, the Family asks that donations be made to Sons of the American Legion Squadron 117 to be donated to the Bikers Down Fund.

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Scott Lee travels between Brevard County and Indian River County and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Lee also writes for Sebastian Daily covering Vero Beach and Florida news. Currently, he covers Palm Bay, West Melbourne, and the Melbourne area.
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