Biker convicted of leaving passenger who fell off


Published: Saturday, January 9, 2010 at 8:51 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 9, 2010 at 8:51 a.m.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A Minnesota man has been found guilty of leaving behind a passenger who fell off his motorcycle and died in Volusia County.

Prosecutors say 42-year-old Donald Floyd Deeble Jr. was convicted Friday of leaving the scene of crash involving death.

Authorities say Deeble was going about 70 mph through South Daytona in December 2008 when the bike veered left into a guardrail, throwing 36-year-old Joanna M. Ratzlaff into the oncoming lane. Witnesses say Deeble restarted the motorcycle and rode away.

Ratzlaff was pronounced dead and the scene, and Deeble was arrested later at a Port Orange home where he had been staying.

Deeble faces up to 30 years in prison.

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