Denver area motorcyclists have had a tough month so far, with at least eight motorcyclist deaths over a twelve-day period. Just this morning the ninth motorcycle death occurred when the bike he was driving collided with an RTD bus in Arvada. The accident occurred at Wadsworth Boulevard and 53rd Avenue around 5:30 a.m. The motorcyclist was driving north on Wadsworth Boulevard when he collided with an RTD bus which was heading east on 53rd Avenue.
The first motorcycle fatality of the month occurred on the night of August 7th when a minivan turned in front of a motorcyclist on East 16th Avenue at Boston Street, according to an Aurora Police Department media release. The motorcycle was westbound on East 16th, and the minivan was heading east, the driver of the minivan turned left into the path of the motorcycle, “failing to yield the right of way,” police said.
The next evening a motorcyclist was killed in a crash involving a semi-truck on Interstate 70 at Pecos Street. The motorcyclist hit a barrier on eastbound I-70, fell off the bike and was hit by a semi-truck.
Then a fatal motorcycle-pickup truck crash closed Colorado 119 in Gilpin County the afternoon of Aug 9th. The motorcycle rider, out of Oklahoma, was declared dead on the scene, but the driver of the truck was not injured. The preliminary investigation suggests the motorcycle rider was at fault, according to authorities.
Paramedic and second-year medical student Alex Rodríguez died Friday Aug 9th in a motorcycle crash, he was the first in his family to graduate from college, and he planned to become a trauma surgeon. He was 26.
The next morning a man was killed and a woman received life-threatening injuries early when the motorcycle they were riding crashed into the rear end of an SUV on eastbound Interstate 70 near Peoria Street. The woman, who was a passenger on the motorcycle, crashed through the back of the SUV and landed in the rear compartment of the SUV. Witnesses reported that the motorcycle was traveling at an excessive speed.
Early the same morning, a motorcycle rider was killed after slamming into the rear end of a stalled minivan at West 6th Avenue and Perry Street, according to Denver police. The motorcycle rider was going westbound at high speed on West 6th Avenue at 1:50 a.m. when he slammed into a minivan that was parked off to the side of the road with emergency lights on. The driver of the van had pulled over to help a stalled SUV, which also had hazard lights flashing.
On August 16th, a pick-up truck pulled out in front of a motorcyclist, causing a fatal collision, and then drove away. The motorcyclist was going south on South Sheridan Boulevard when a driver of a dark-colored pickup truck pulled out in front of him about 9:20 p.m., according to Lakewood police. Juan Carlos Hernandez-Lupercio has been arrested for investigation of failure to remain at the scene of an accident resulting in death and careless driving resulting in death, no proof of insurance and failure to notify police of an accident.
The accidents described were not all caused by the motorcylcist, nor all by the other driver. But regardless of fault in the individual crash, the message is the same – share the road, look for motorcycles!