St. Pete Man Dies After Motorcycle Crash

Police said the driver was not wearing a helmet.

A 1999 Kawasaki motorcycle was being driven at a high rate of speed and in a reckless manner eastbound on 62nd Avenue North when the driver hit the curb and flipped down into the embankment. 

According to St. Petersburg Police, James Wagenman was treated by St. Petersburg Fire Rescue at the scene and transported to Bayfront Medical Center where he was pronounced dead as a result of his injuries. 

Police said in the 1400 block of 62nd Avenue Northeast, the road curves slightly left. Wagenman, a news release said, was driving straight, scraping along the curb and eventually leaving the south side of the roadway. The motorcycle initially went down on its right side, then flipped over and began tumbling down a slight embankment.  

Wagenman was ejected and came to rest east of the motorcycle. Police said he was not wearing a helmet. 

Judy Ellis October 28, 2012 at 11:35 AM
It is alittle known fact that the motorcycle death rate in this county is one per day. You have to wonder why no one minds.
Peter J Dunlay October 28, 2012 at 01:33 PM
As much as I like riding, I keep my bike outside of Florida. I may be crazy but I'm not stupid!
sandy October 28, 2012 at 02:32 PM
His problem was he was riding way to fast and not paying attention to the roadway.....no one else was involved. He chose his destiny on his own. I live and ride in Florida all of the time ..... this accident could have happened ANYwhere....even out of state.
CJ October 28, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Sandy, Your point is true...but don't underestimate how dnagerous it is to ride here compared to just about any other place you will ''ever'' ride at. I am a rider also, but I don't down play the danger here like you do. Every time you ride around here, it's a bit of a deathwish. That is a creed that us who love to ride live with. My love of riding, like yours obviously does too, keeps me going on....but please be more of an advocate of reminding fellow riders here just how extra careful we have to be here. If you don't agree with what I say, then you need to quit riding. You are an accident waiting to happen....and you are incrasing your odds it will happen simply by your attitude alone. Riding here , you need every possible positive edge you can have. It starts in your mind.
CJ October 28, 2012 at 05:17 PM
I think it is similarly dangerous to ride a bicycle and be a pedestrian here. Very few people seem to realize that ''nationally'', our area is easily in the top five of the most lethal places to ride ''any'' form of transportation such as motorcycle, bicycles, and walking.
bob October 28, 2012 at 06:15 PM
He was my teacher last year......The school is in complete shock, he was a good man a great science teacher and always funny. This is so unlike him...He had kids, their orphans now, god be with them. May you rest in peace Mr. Wagenman
CJ October 28, 2012 at 06:58 PM
..yes, Mr. Wagenman, may you rest in peace and may your family find a way to move on in peace as well..Thanks for sharing that, Bob.
S. Ripley October 29, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Apparently a nice guy… and certainly a tragedy for his friends and family. But let this be a lesson for those who ride on two wheels (motorcycle, scooter, bike, etc.): please wear a DOT approved, properly sized, and correctly fastened helmet. You can talk all you want about skill, judgment, location, and other drivers; but the single biggest factor in surviving an accident is to wear a damn helmet!
Steve October 29, 2012 at 05:24 PM
To learn who this man really was, read this story. http://www.sptimes.com/2002/02/10/Floridian/The_last_Valentine_s_.shtml He was my daughters science teacher at Thurgood Marshall. My daughter and I would sit in the van in the school parking lot for a few minutes and Mr. Jim would park his Motorcycle next to us nearly every morning. He always wore his helmet. We just can not understand ...................
Ms Mona October 29, 2012 at 09:27 PM
My heart goes out to the children and family of this wonderful father and teacher. May we be re-mindful of his children today. Regardless how he was driving it was an accident and a tragedy for those that knew him. May he Rest In Peace. From what I have read about him in the Tampa Bay Times he was an incredible teacher and human being. Let us keep that in mind. Thank you.
Adam Hergenreder October 30, 2012 at 04:33 AM
Mr.wagenman was my teacher sophomore year at Pinellas park high school he was strict but you could go to him for anything. He was cool laid back guy, I seen him Just couple weeks ago before this and it will be a unnamed place. But just a shock R.I.P. Mr.Wagenman
Keith and Elaine October 30, 2012 at 04:25 PM
You might think of his family and children who just lost their loved one when posting, "he chose hi destiny on his own." How do you think yours would feel???
CJ October 30, 2012 at 05:21 PM
People who ride all have a little bit of a fun loving rascal in them. Very few of us who ride have not ''got on it'' now and then out of the pure love of riding. The man accident was indeed tradgic, but those of us who ride know how and why he died. He died because of his desire and enjoyment of taking risks. Yes, sometimes it is the road conditions, a careless driver, etc...but we willfully ride anyway because we all know this same thing can happen to any of us...but going out of this world doing something you enjoy sure beats getting shot dead, dying simply of old age, etc, etc. I hope my words may help offer at least a small level of understanding of how this man died knowing he was doing something that not all people have the guts to do. Often, riders die doing something they knew very well they should not have been doing it. As a person who has had ''several'' bike accidents over 45 years of riding, I am positive this man died doing somehting he enjoyed. What a way to go out, is all I can easlily think of. Most of us will not be so lucky to say we died doing something we love. Vitually anyone who rides has adventure in their blood. When I hear of a brother who goes down like this, a piece of me goes with him. I mostly ride carefully now and then, but those darned wild hairs on the back of my neck sometimes have their way with me.
Ms Mona October 31, 2012 at 12:49 AM
I agree with you Bob. May Mr Wagenman rest in eternal peace. Very well said Bob.


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