Police in Missouri were pursuing a 2008 yellow Suzuki 600 motorcycle driven by a motorcyclist who was evading the police recklessly. The bike was going in a westerly direction when a 1994 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup Truck was turning left. The trucker unknowingly pulled into the path of the offending motorcyclist. Sadly, the biker paid for his transgressions with his life as he was killed in the motor vehicle wreck. The truck sustained heavy damage and the motorcycle was also destroyed.
Witnesses to the motorcycle crash reported “flying debris”, sirens and a confusing situation.
There was some information in a yet to be confirmed report that the motorcycle operator attempted to ram a police cruiser prior to the law enforcement pursuit. The report did not indicate why the cyclist was evading the cops or whether the motorcycle operator had an extensive criminal record or was under the influence of any drugs or alcohol.
According to the Semissourian.com, “At the crash scene, a helmet and a pair of shoes were scattered; pieces of a yellow motorcycle shell could be seen nearby as emergency personnel investigated. A green truck was extensively damaged, with a tire lying a few feet away, apparently knocked loose by the impact.” http://www.semissourian.com/story/2084919.html
Thankfully, no innocent pedestrians, bicyclists or motorists were killed in this fatal motorcycle collision.
The issue of whether police should chase criminals is a significant issue in Rhode Island, Massachusetts (MA) and across the United States. These reckless and high speed pursuits often unreasonably put pedestrians, car drivers, truckers and cyclists at risk for serious injury or even wrongful death.
In a staggeringly shocking report “real police, Law enforcement Resource” reported that “In this 9 year period, the data showed that there were 2654 fatal crashes involving 3965 vehicles of which there were 3146 fatalities. Of these, 1088 were to people not in the fleeing vehicle. This means, 1088 innocent people, or 3rd parties died as a result of these pursuits.” http://www.realpolice.net/articles/police-pursuits/police-pursuits-and-the-risks.html
Over 30 percent of people who died as a result of police pursuits were innocent civilians “(30.1%) were occupants of vehicles uninvolved in the police pursuit, “http://www.realpolice.net/articles/police-pursuits/police-pursuits-and-the-risks.html
According to an important report by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), “Between 2001 and 2008, more than 34,000 motorcyclists were killed and an estimated 1,222,000 persons were treated in a U.S. emergency department (ED) for a non-fatal motorcycle-related injury.” http://www.cdc.gov/features/dsmotorcyclesafety/index.html
In an unrelated incident in Massachusetts “In 2011, 23-year-old Matthew Denice was dragged to death by a drunk-driving illegal alien from Ecuador. Nicolas Guaman, with a blood alcohol level at 3x the legal limit, ran a stop sign, crashed into Denice’s motorcycle and dragged the young man for a quarter mile as bystanders banged on Guaman’s truck to make him stop.” http://www.vdare.com/posts/drunk-driving-illegal-alien-guilty-of-manslaughter-in-massachusetts-dragging-death-of-matthew-denice
If you were injured in a pedestrian accident, truck accident, car crash or motorcycle accident in Rhode Island (RI) or Mass. please contact a Rhode Island Personal Injury attorney or a RI Wrongful Death Lawyer. www.ricaraccidentlawyers.com
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