A Pace man riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle is in critical condition following a motor vehicle crash Saturday.
Philip J. Melton, 47, was taken to Baptist Hospital from the scene of the accident at Lillian Hwy. and Cordova Rd., according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The accident happened around 2 p.m.
Melton was injured when a 1989 Ford Van driven by Stephen C. Quates, 50, Foley, Alabama violated his right of way and hit the Harley, says FHP reports. Melton was knocked to the ground and the van came to rest on top of the motorcycle.
The accident happened at the driveway of the Crazy Horse Cafe. Trooper C. Mitchell says in his report that Quates was driving the van eastbound on Lillian Hwy, while the Harley was traveling westbound. Quates attempted a left turn into the cafe driveway, resulting in the right front of the van striking the motorcycle on the left side, knocking Melton off the bike. The van came to rest on top of the bike.
Quates was arrested and charged with driving under the influence; violation of right-of-way; and no valid driver's license.
Reports indicate Melton was wearing a helmet and was not under the influence of alcohol.