The Fort Walton Beach Police Department is investigating a traffic fatality early Friday morning in which both riders had been thrown from a motorcycle.
The passenger, Michelle Lynn Mackee-Kitahara of Fort Walton Beach, was dead at the scene. The motorcycle driver, Robert J. Lambert, age 68, of Chalmette, Louisiana, was transported to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, where he was treated and released. Neither was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
The motorcycle, a 2000 Suzuki, was northbound on Eglin Parkway just north of Walter Martin Road, and had apparently slowed to make a left turn when it was struck from behind by a 2000 Dodge Caravan, driven by Billy Joe Legune, age 22, of Fort Walton Beach.
Police were on scene 55 seconds after the first call was received at 12:47 this morning. The crash remains under investigation; charges are pending the results of the investigation.