Accident Kills Motorist in Arizona

Accident Kills Motorist in ArizonaAn Arizona roadway accident has left one man dead in a motorcycle crash.

According to the Tucson Citizen, a motorcycle crash has claimed the life of one man and closed West Thomas Road in Phoenix in both directions.

Authorities told the news provider the accident occurred at 4:47 p.m. on Wednesday, December 28, when a motorcycle allegedly collided with a vehicle on the roadway between 79th and 83rd Avenues. Fire officials stated one witness rushed to the aid of the motorcycle rider and performed chest compressions on the injured motorcyclist until emergency responders arrived at the scene. However, medical officials pronounced the rider dead upon their arrival.

Officials stated the rider was not wearing a helmet when the paramedics arrived at the crash site. The investigation is still ongoing, however no further information has been made available at this time.

CBS affiliate KPHO later determined the crash victim’s name was Robert Jerome Koreen II, 34, and that the crash occurred when an 18-year-old man allegedly failed to yield, causing the two vehicles to collide in the intersection, said Sergeant Tommy Thompson of the Phoenix Police Department.

The 18-year-old suffered only minor injuries in the crash, and further investigation has led police to believe that the man was not impaired at the time of the accident.

ABC affiliate News 15 stated it expects more information on the crash to become available at some point on Thursday, December 29.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, there were a total of 2,735 motorcycle crashes across the state in 2010, comprising 2.58 percent of the 106,177 total accidents that year. Motorcycle accidents led to the death of 86 riders, and injured another 2,390.