Jan 4

New Year’s Eve Motorcycle Accident Puts Newlyweds in Hospital


A motorcycle accident is no way to celebrate the New Year. The motorcycle caused by a hit and run driver just makes it worse.  Sadly, that is what happened to a newlywed couple on New Year’s Eve.

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According to the Tampa Bay Times, Kurt and Cheri Holzbacher wanted to make sure they were off the road and back home in Holiday before the ball dropped so they got on their motorcycle and left their friend’s barbecue at about 10 p.m. Monday. The couple were headed east on Ulmerton Road when Largo police said a SUV leaving the Bay Ranch Mobile Home Park pulled out in front of their 2004 Harley Davidson motorcycle at about 10:45 p.m. causing the motorcycle to crash into the SUV.  Does the driver of the SUV stop to check on the two people laying in the road?  No, the driver fled the scene.

Kurt Holzbacher suffered a collapsed lung, broken scapula
and pelvis and had broken fragments from his liver, spleen and kidney. His new
bride, Cheri Holzbacher, is being treated in the intensive care unit after
suffering a broken pelvis that took almost eight hours of surgery to repair.  She also has rib and neck fractures.

According to the article, the two were married at the beginning of December. They reconnected a few years ago after being friends in middle school in Phoenix, Ariz.

The driver who caused this motorcycle accident is still unidentified.
Largo police believe the SUV could be a green or dark-colored 1999 or 2000 Ford
Expedition that suffered serious damage to the passenger side. Anyone with
information about this incident is asked to call Largo police at

We wish Mr. & Mrs. Holzbacher a good recovery and hope
the person who caused this motorcycle accident is found and charged.

Drive safely and watch out for those who don’t!

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  1. Dan 4 Jan 2019 | reply

    Sounds like they were wearing helmets. How could the driver be so callous?

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