Motorcycle Crashes Across the Southwest Leave Three Riders Dead

Motorcycle Crashes Across the Southwest Leave Three Riders DeadA string of recent fatal motorcycle accidents across Arizona and the southwestern United States has left three riders dead and others with serious injuries.

According to ABC affiliate 15 News, one deadly accident blocked several lanes of traffic on the Loop 101 in Phoenix, injuring one other and snarling traffic.

The Arizona Department of Transportation (AZDOT) stated the crash occurred at about 10 p.m. on Wednesday, January 4, in the eastbound lanes of Loop 101 Pima Freeway near the exit for Cave Creek Road, according to the news source.

Scott Walker of the Phoenix Fire Department told the media outlet that the motorcycle crash involved one man and one woman, and occurred when the pair allegedly crashed the bike into the center median.

One person was pronounced dead at the scene by first responders, while the second was transported to an area hospital, and is currently listed in serious condition.

Another motorcycle crash occurred in Glendale, and caused the death of one 54-year-old man, the Tucson Citizen reports.

According to the news provider, Pedro Heredia-Rodriguez allegedly collided with a car while riding his motorcycle on Tuesday, January 3. Glendale Police Department spokesman Tracey Breeden stated that woman driving the car was attempting to turn left at the intersection of 75th and Missouri Avenues when Heredia-Rodriguez allegedly smashed into the side of her vehicle.

Police say he was thrown from the bike, and was not wearing a helmet when emergency officials responded to the accident.

After an initial investigation, Breeden told the media outlet that neither impairment nor speed appeared to have been contributing factors in the fatal accident. However, police are still working to sort out the details, and the investigation is ongoing.

A third motorcycle crash claimed the life of a Nevada man, in a single-vehicle accident on U.S. 95 near Ann Road in Las Vegas.

According to ABC affiliate 13 Action News, the 62-year-old man was riding north at about 6:30 p.m. when he allegedly veered off the roadway and into the center median. Police say the victim’s bike then crashed, throwing him from the motorcycle.

Emergency officials transported the victim to University Medical Center, where he later died from his injuries.

According to AZDOT, there were 2,735 motorcycle crashes in Arizona in 2010, comprising 2.58 percent of all traffic accidents. In total, 86 people were killed in motorcycle accidents.