Mom upset after son buys motorcycle without a license
CREATED Jul. 26, 2012 - UPDATED: Jul. 26, 2012
FORT MYERS, Fla. - A Southwest Florida man is injured after falling from a motorcycle and his mother wants to know why he was sold one without having a license.
"He signed all the paperwork and purchased the vehicle," said Linda Andre.
According to Andre’s version of event, which Fox 4 was unable to confirm, her son, Will, was injured when he tried to ride the motorcycle off Sun Sports Cycle lot without even knowing how to operate the machine.
The 22 year old crashed the vehicle on the lot of the dealership and suffered a sprained ankle in the process.
In Your Corner went to Sun Sports to confirm the story and get their version of events.
We were told that the best person to speak with was the general manager, who was out of town until next week Tuesday.
The question now is whether a dealer can let someone buy and leave with a motorcycle without a license?
"The answer is yes... you can go buy and airplane (but it) doesn't mean you can fly it," said attorney Sean King.
He says it is only illegal to operate a vehicle without a license.
Despite the interpretation of the law, Andre does not believe what happened to her son was right.
"Why are they given the key when they don't have a license and they don't have proper training to drive the motorcycle?"
Andre said Sun Sports did offer to tow the bike for an additional $140 dollars, but her son turned it down.
Other motorcycle dealerships in Ft. Myers take a similar approach to drivers who want to buy a motorcycle, but haven’t yet received a license.
“If somebody is going to buy a bike before they're endorsed, we would deliver the motorcycle for them,” said Ralph Galietti, General Sales Manager at Harley Davidson Ft. Myers.