Motorcycle Crash Leaves 2 Critically Injured in Bullhead City

An unfortunate interaction between wildlife and humans resulted in two adults being critically injured near Bullhead City. The motorcycle accident, apparently related to numerous burros being in the road, occurred shortly after 7 p.m. on Monday, March 10. According to Bullhead City police, a 61-year-old man and a 52-year-old woman from Golden Valley are in critical condition after the accident. The police explained that the two, Kenneth Imthurn and Janna Imthurn, were taken to Las Vegas area hospitals for treatment following the accident.

According to the Bullhead City Police Department, a call came into the station at about 7 p.m. Monday, regarding the presence of multiple burros approaching a stretch of Highway 68 in Bullhead City. An officer from the department reported to the scene to clear the burros off of the road shortly after receiving the call, and the Imthurns approached soon after. According to accident witnesses, Kenneth was driving the motorcycle at the time of the collision, but he did slow in time to give the burros sufficient time to clear the roadway. However, when he slowed the motorcycle, a vehicle hit the motorcycle from behind and caused both Kenneth and Janna to be thrown from the bike.

The driver of the vehicle that struck the Imthurn’s motorcycle, who is 61 years old, was not impaired at the time of the collision, according to police.

Motorcycle collisions can be particularly dangerous for riders due to the difference in size between the bike and the vehicle that hits the bike. However, Arizona is not an especially dangerous state for motorcycle riders, with only about 3 percent of total crashes in the state involving motorcycles, according to the state Department of Transportation. Of those accidents, only about 4 percent involve fatalities, while 16 percent involve only property damage, and 80 percent involve non-fatal injuries. The Department of Transportation’s statistics indicate that most motorcycle accidents occur in the daylight as opposed to at night.

As a whole, vehicular collisions were slightly up in 2012 compared to 2011, following a significant drop of about 3,000 accidents after 2011.

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