Longtime Keys resident and biking enthusiast, Marlin Joyce Gunter, died on Saturday near mile marker 29 while driving her motorcycle. At the time of the incident, Marlin Joyce Gunter was aboard a 2004 Harley driven by Thomas Bateman. They were allegedly rear ended by a 1993 Chevrolet car which pushed the motorcycle into a 1990 Jeep vehicle. Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) reported that the impact caused the motorcycle riders to be thrown onto the highway. Marlin Joyce Gunter was confirmed dead at Fishermen’s Community Hospital as a result of the car vs. motorcycle accident. Bateman remains in critical condition in an induced coma at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Gunter’s death was reportedly the 17th traffic related death south of Florida City this year.
Ironically, for the past year, Joyce Gunter fought and won her battle against cancer. At the time of the car accident, Joyce Gunter was working hard to regain her strength and in fact, she had recently begun riding motorcycles again after her fight with cancer.