Motorcyclist Killed in Panama City Beach Crash

By: News Email
By: News Email

Florida Highway Patrol troopers have released the details of a traffic crash that killed a motorcyclist in Panama City Beach Tuesday night.

The accident happened at about 10:45 Saturday night on Panama City Beach Parkway near East Lakeshore Drive, west of Highway 79.

FHP reports Matthew Noss, 25, of Panama City Beach was approaching the stop sign on East Lakeshore Drive and U.S. 98 in a white Cadillac.

Michael Griffin, 34, of Panama City Beach was eastbound on U.S. 98 on a blue Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Noss pulled onto U.S. 98 as Griffin approached East Lakeshore Drive and Griffin bike collided with the left side Noss' Cadillac.

Griffin flew off the bike and came to rest in the grassy median. First responders tried to give Griffin CPR but pronounced him dead on scene a few minutes after.

Charges are pending as authorities continue to investigate the crash.


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  • by rhonda Location: bunker on Feb 4, 2012 at 12:12 PM
    Sadie said it the best. Out of the mouth of babes. We cannot change what has happened. Please stop the rumors. It does not matter what happened horrid night. Pray for both families, Let the rumors stop. Unless you were there you do not know what happened or what was or what was not said. Just Let It Be.- Thank you again for speaking up for the families--Aunt Rhonda(mikey's stepmom)
  • by Hollywood Location: Ohio on Jan 30, 2012 at 10:29 AM
    Let me say that Mikes family has my sympathy. There are a lot of car verses bike crashes, mainly because people in cars just don't take the time to look for motorcycles. I have 5 Lights On The FRONT of my Harley, that are lit at all times,yet cars still pull out in front of me. It's like this, You have to Look, in order to see a Motorcycle. NO ONE is in so much of a Hurry, that they can't take time to LOOK.
  • by Sadies on Jan 27, 2012 at 07:52 AM
    Okay it dont matter whether or not he saw Uncle Mikey or not. He is gone now he is doing better. Stop blaming people. It isn't going to bring him back and it is making it harder on Sammy(his Daughter) and Aunt Jaime and Howard(his Father). Maybe yall should think twice before commenting on the blaming game. He is cremated now and gone to a better place so no need in keeping the stuff up. I am under 21 years old and acting more mature than the people blaming. Matthew Noss will have to deal with this the rest of his life and it is sad. The family does not blame him. R.I.P. Uncle Mikey or Tank show God your "Ice Ice Baby" song and dance give him a good laugh. I love you and you will be missed. I will help with Sammy Uncle Howard and Aunt Jaime. <3 Stay in your better place with roads of gold. Ride Fast Live Free :)
  • by Deborah Location: PCB on Jan 25, 2012 at 07:24 PM
    Tank, you will be missed. Too young to die...May God be with your family during their hour of need.
  • by Leigh Location: PCB on Jan 24, 2012 at 01:57 PM
    From what I understand, "TanK" as we all know him by, was arguing with his girlfriend and had left out on his bike in a rage, don't know at this point whether alchohol was involved or not... God rest his soul, and be with both of the families involved in this tragic accident, as well as his girlfriends.
  • by matt Location: pcb on Jan 24, 2012 at 08:42 AM
    to anonymous... the headlights of a motorcycle are always on you cannot turn them off its a safety feature built in. i get pulled out in front of on a weekly basis, drivers need to be more cautious to prevent this type of tragedy
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      by anonymous on Jan 26, 2012 at 04:54 PM in reply to matt
      I did not know they stayed on but it does not change the fact that he honestly did not see him , He did not set out that night to wreck his car and worse kill someone . He is a mess and will be for a while and he will never forget . And like I said We need to be praying for his family and quit judging since none of us were there to see what happened . Just because we have a bunch of idiots who do not keep an extra eye out for Motorcycles does not mean everyone is like that , I will continue praying for "Tank"s (as I see people calling him) Family
  • by Tom Location: PCB on Jan 24, 2012 at 05:57 AM
    DOT should limit access to 98 from bridge to bridge. Make people route themselves to lights. Too many people "shoot the gap" at 98 & sidestreet intersections that don't have lights. I'm not for more lights, I'm for limiting access to lighted streets. To the comment about drivers needing classes...learn to spell first, then go to Panama City and see how bad traffic really is.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 23, 2012 at 08:56 PM
    I know Matt Noss and no , he did not see him . You need to think that maybe the Motorcyclist may not have had his headlights on , I see that almost Nightly . It was an accident , a sad tragic accident and Matt will live with this the rest of his life and he is very distraught over it . We need to Pray for the Motorcyclists Family not play the blame game .
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      by Hollywood on Jan 30, 2012 at 10:36 AM in reply to
      To Anonymous- There has been a Federal law that prohibits Motorcycle Manufacturers from selling motorcycles without a continuous lighting system since the 70s. This means that headlights on bikes cannot be turned off, just so you know what you're talking about.
  • by red dog Location: PCB on Jan 23, 2012 at 05:20 AM
    I'll bet the driver will say" Ididnot see him", more like he didn't stop and look...
  • by David Location: Panama city beach on Jan 22, 2012 at 09:15 PM
    Most of the People on this beach needs Some Driver Education class's Maybe then theses people can drive..
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      by Leigh on Jan 24, 2012 at 02:08 PM in reply to David
      As well, I was passing headed westbound and saw a group of people standing in the median to my left, then I saw the first patrol car coming towards backbeach rd. from Toledo, and saw the policemans bluelights come on, I didnt realize until I came back eastbound that there had been a probable fatality. If it matters, there was barely any traffic at that time. I did not know until today that it he was someone I know that had been killed. RIP Tank, I'll always remember him for his version of " Ice Ice Baby" Karoeke at Beachhouse, Prayers of peace for his family, as well as the driver of the Cadi...
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