Man Killed in Mesa, Arizona Motorcycle Collision

Man Killed in Mesa, Arizona Motorcycle CollisionA 31-year-old man was killed while riding his motorcycle in Mesa, Arizona, on Tuesday, December 6, in a crash that left one other driver injured, ABC affiliate News 15 reports.

According to the media outlet, the victim in the fatal motorcycle accident has been identified as Jeremiah Begay. The crash occurred as the rider was traveling in the westbound lanes of 8th street near the curb on his 2009 custom motorcycle when he was allegedly struck by another vehicle turning onto the roadway.

Reports indicate 83-year-old Ida Jo Bufford was driving a 1999 Honda Civic when she turned off eastbound 8th Street onto northbound Date Street and allegedly crossed paths with Begay, colliding with him in the intersection.

Begay was then allegedly thrown from the motorcycle about 40 feet and suffered serious injuries including head trauma upon landing. The Tucson Citizen reports medical personnel found Begay non-responsive at the scene, and noted that he was not wearing a helmet.

Begay was then transported by first responders to Scottsdale Memorial Hospital, where medical officials stated his conditioned continued to deteriorate, later pronouncing him dead from his injuries.

Bufford reportedly received minor injuries in the accident, and was taken to Arizona Regional Hospital for treatment. Police crash units investigating the scene have determined that neither driver impairment nor excessive speed are thought to be contributing factors in the accident.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, there were a total of 106,177 roadway accidents across the state in 2009. Of this total, 2.58 percent, or 2,735, involved motorcycles.

Motorcycle crashes led to 86 roadway fatalities, and injured another 2,390 people. When operating a motorcycle, failure to wear a helmet was linked to 39 rider fatalities.