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Motorcyclist's Death Blamed on Drunk Driver

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On October 19, 2006, the night before the official start of Biketoberfest, Clifford L.R. Atkinson, 68, was killed when his motorcycle collided head-on with a car on State Road 100 in Flagler County west of Bunnell. After completing its investigation, the Florida Highway Patrol is blaming the driver of the oncoming car, Bunnell resident Michelle K. Bohn, 36.

Bohn was driving west when she crossed the center line of the two-lane road to pass a truck and trailer ahead of her. While she was passing the truck she hit Atkinson. Atkinson was traveling east, to his home in Bunnell at the time of the crash. He had moved to Bunnell from Holly Hill.

Bohn’s blood alcohol level after the accident was tested at 0.228, police said, nearly triple the 0.8 level that state law sets as impaired. Bohn has been charged with negligent homicide while driving under the influence of alcohol and driving under the influence of alcohol with property damage. The State Attorney’s Office filed the charges last month and Bohn was arrested April 10.