City's IT Chief dies in fiery Palm Coast crash

FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. -- The information technology security chief for the city of Jacksonville was killed in a fiery early morning crash Sunday after his vehicle collided with a motorcycle on Interstate 95.

Adam Christian Mathews, 34, was driving a Porsche north on I-95 around 3:30 a.m. when he collided a Harley Davidson motorcycle driving in the same direction, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The impact caused both vehicles to travel into the woods near Palm Coast Parkway.

The Porsche hit a tree and ejected the passenger, Gena Coursen, 38, also from Jacksonville. According to FHP, Coursen, also a former employee with the city, was wearing her seat belt.

The car then burst into flames with Mathews still inside, according to FHP.

The driver of the motorcycle, Allison Dawn Swisher of Greenville, SC, was tossed from her bike and sustained minor injuries. Swisher, 57, was wearing a helmet, according to FHP.

Coursen was taken to Shands Gainesville hospital in critical condition.

Mathews was pronounced dead at the scene. Alcohol results for Mathews are pending, according to FHP.

The office of Mayor Alvin Brown released a statement Monday:

From Mayor Brown across our city staff, our thoughts and prayers are with Adam's family, the other victims involved and their families.

His job as Security Officer with ITD entailed ensuring the security of the COJ applications, desktops and datacenter.

Adam was a very jovial and cheerful person, always with a smile on his face. He was well liked in ITD and across COJ. He will be missed very much professionally and personally.


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