Motorcycle-Truck Crash Leaves One Dead In Tucson

Motorcycle-Truck Crash Leaves One Dead In TucsonThe victim of a fatal motorcycle and truck collision in Tucson, Arizona, was recently identified.

On the morning of Tuesday, October 25, Jeffrey Bistline, who was 32 years old, was reportedly killed at the intersection of East Golf Links Road and South Pantano Road, according to KVOA Channel 4. Bistline was killed when he collided with a truck being driven by Larry R. Langdon, a 47-year-old, a Tucson Police Department news release stated.

In 2010, there were 86 motorcycle riders and passengers who were killed in traffic fatalities in Arizona, while 762 people in total died in the Grand Canyon State due to such incidents that year. The motorcycle fatality number represents a significant decrease of 29.51 percent from 2009 when 122 such persons were killed while on a motorcycle, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

The news source reports that there have been 10 motorcycle fatalities in 2011 in Tucson, an increase of three over the previous year.

According to the release from the authorities, Bistline was traveling south on Pantano Road, while Langdon was traveling north. Bistline reportedly attempted to make a left turn onto Golf Links as Langdon was taking a right when the motorcycle struck the front portion of the truck.

Bistline was reportedly not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision, according to the news source.

According to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA) of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), helmets are 37 percent effective in preventing fatalities among motorcycle operators.

According to the news source, Langdon was arrested and cited for one count of Failure to Yield – Making A Left Turn at an Intersection/Causing Death by a Moving Violation.