JACKSONVILLE, Florida – Tracy Norris suffered fatal injuries when she was involved in a motorcycle accident that claimed the life of her boyfriend, Billy Kinser.
“I’ve broken so much – so many bones, but that doesn’t compare to a broken heart,” Norris said.
Florida Highway Patrol said the motorcycle crossed the side of the Acosta Freeway slip road in April.
Norris has spent the past 36 days in a hospital recovering from the crash. The worst part, she said, was not having the chance to say goodbye to her boyfriend.
“I will cherish him always and no one will ever take his place in my heart. Nobody, ”she said. “They could never replace him.”
Norris says the accident that killed her generous and loving boyfriend is unclear.
“I have no recollection of the accident. I don’t really have a memory of before the accident, ”she said.
Norris and Kinser were riding his blue Yamaha motorcycle on Interstate 95. Soldiers said Kinser failed to make a curve, hitting a wall and causing the motorcycle to fall off the side of the Acosta Freeway ramp.
“I was told we knocked the bridge down, 32 feet, onto concrete,” Norris said.
Ten days after the accident, Kinser died of his injuries.
The soldiers said neither Norris nor Kinser wore helmets.
“I want people to wear your helmets,” Norris said. “Don’t be stupid like me and Billy and don’t wear a helmet. It was so insane of us.
Norris has several fractures, bleeds to his brain, is in a wheelchair and will live with chronic pain for the rest of his life.
She and Kinser moved to Jacksonville from Indiana in February, hoping to start a new life together.
“I want him to know that I’m sorry,” Norris said. “If I could switch places with him, I would do it in the blink of an eye, and love him.” And I’m sorry I had to leave Florida without him.
Norris said she will be discharged from hospital on Friday and will return to Indiana with her family. She said Kinser leaves behind an 11-year-old daughter and a 20-year-old son.
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