Fatal Motorcycle Crash

TITLE: Pinellas Park Police Investigate Fatal Crash Involving a Motorcycle

WHEN: Sunday, April 17, 2022, at approximately 2:45 PM

WHERE: 49th St N at 86th Ave N


DECEASED - Matthew Wade, 38 YOA, W/M from Georgia - NOK has been notified

DRIVER - Jose Jimenez, 53 YOA, H/M from Pinellas Park

WHAT:  The Pinellas Park Police Department responded to a crash involving a
motorcycle and an SUV at 49th St N and 86th Ave.  When officers arrived on the
scene, Pinellas Park Fire Department personnel were transporting the operator
of the motorcycle, Matthew Wade, to a local hospital for treatment.
Unfortunately, Matthew Wade died due to the crash while at the hospital.

Investigators determined Matthew Wade was operating a Suzuki motorcycle in the
southbound lanes of 49th St, approaching the intersection of 86th Ave.  At the
same time, Jose Jimenez was making a left turn from 86th Ave to travel north
on 49th St N.  The traffic control signal was green for Jose Jimenez, allowing
him to complete his left turn. However, Matthew Wade failed to stop for the
red light and the two motor vehicles collided within the intersection.

Alcohol and speed are factors that Matthew Wade contributed to the crash. 
Jose Jimenez remained on the scene and cooperated with investigators.  No
charges are expected to be filed.

No other information is expected to be released about the crash investigation.

Released by: Sergeant John Shea
For more information contact:
Pinellas Park Police Department
Public Information Office