Accident kills two area motorcyclists

Twenty-four people died on Florida's roads over the holiday.

Published: Tuesday, January 4, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 3, 2005 at 11:38 p.m.
Two Melrose women died Sunday evening after a vehicle struck their motorcycle on State Road 100 in Putnam County.
Cherie A. McArthur, 49, and Cathleen Carter were killed in the two-vehicle accident west of Bardin Road shortly after 6 p.m., the Florida Highway Patrol reported. McArthur was an acupuncturist and owner of Take Me Places Cafe in Melrose. Carter ran a billing service called Motivated Biller.
Twenty-four people died on Florida's roads during the New Year's holiday, according to a preliminary report released Monday by troopers. In 2003, 25 people were killed in traffic accidents over the holiday.
The women were riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle west on the road when a Volvo heading east crashed into a concrete wall on a bridge, blocking their path, according to troopers. McArthur and Carter were thrown from the motorcycle after it hit the car.
The car's driver, Randy L. Morin, 33, of Satsuma, was not injured.
Morin is facing charges of driving under the influence, DUI manslaughter, habitually driving with a suspended or revoked license and careless driving, troopers reported.
Five people killed during the three-day holiday were motorcyclists. The other accidents involving motorcycles occurred in Hillsborough and Pasco counties.
FHP spokesman Lt. Mike Burroughs blamed the number of motorcycle accidents on good weather conditions that led to more motorcyclists on the roads.
Lise Fisher can be reached at 374-5092 or fisherl@

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