Summer is a time where all drivers need to be aware of other drivers on the road. This is especially true because of the increase in motorcycles on the roads during the summer months. Many motorcycle accidents happen when inattentive drivers collide with motorcyclists. These accidents can cause serious injuries or even death.
A pickup collided with a motorcyclist on July 4th and the crash has reportedly claimed the life of the motorcyclist.
According to Nevada Highway Patrol, a man was struck riding his motorcycle on Tyler Way at the intersection of Pyramid Way. A 1998 Ford pickup reportedly turned left from Pyramid Way and into the path of the motorcyclist, which sent him to the hospital with serious injuries that caused his death.
Originally, the driver of the pickup stopped at the accident sight, but later fled the scene. The pickup driver's cell phone was left behind however, and the police were able to track down the driver. He has been arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run.
Felony hit-and-run is a serious charge. The charge was made before the passing of the motorcyclist and according to Nevada state law, the charge does not change in light of the motorcyclist's death. It is possible that other charges could follow now that the motorcycle crash is fatal. It's feasible to think that the driver of the pickup could face potential involuntary manslaughter charges due to the death of the motorcyclist.
This story is a harrowing reminder of how dangerous the roads can be. In the blink of an eye, a motorcyclist could be struck and thrown from his bike. Safety should be the number one priority for all drivers, motorcyclists and other drivers alike. The negligent driver will face the pending charge and possibly others for the death of the motorcyclist. In addition, the family of the deceased motorcyclist may pursue civil claims against the driver.
Source: Reno Gazette-Journal, "Motorcyclist injured in July 4 Sparks crash dies," Steve Timko, July 16, 2014