Motorcyclist Dies from Injuries Sustained in Tucson I-19 Crash

Motorcyclist Dies from Injuries Sustained in Tucson I-19 CrashA motorcyclist involved in a high speed crash on Interstate 19 in Tucson, just nort of Ajo, has passed away from the injuries he suffered in the accident, KVOA News reports.

According to the media outlet, the accident occurred at about 2 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8, when the motorcyclist traveling in the northbound lanes of the highway allegedly collided with the back of another vehicle driving in front of it.

In the crash, the motorcyclist was thrown from the bike and landed in the middle lanes of the road, where the rider was allegedly then struck by another car traveling in the same lane, Arizona Department of Public Safety officials told the news provider.

The injured victim had to be transported to a local hospital by medical helicopter, but was later pronounced dead by medical officials. Traffic along I-19 where the accident took place was delayed for more than 45 minutes as cleanup crews worked to rid the site of debris and police units investigated the scene.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, there were 2,735 motorcycle crashes across the state in 2010, comprising 1.39 percent of all traffic accidents.

The risks associated with motorcycle riding are evident as crashes remain prevalent across southwest America.

On the same day as the fatal Arizona accident, a 37-year-old man from Vista, California was critically injured after allegedly crashing into the back of a pickup truck, the California Highway Patrol told the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The accident occurred at about 3:40 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8, in North County, California, in the eastbound lanes of Monte Vista Drive, just easy of Sunkist Drive. The area was an unincorporated part of the town, according to CHP officer Chris Parent.

The news source states Benito Ramirez was riding his 1997 Suzuki motorcycle when he approached the backside of a 2000 Dodge Ram pickup truck. The truck, driven by 32-year-old Armando Gomez, allegedly stopped quickly on the roadway in response to a vehicle that had slowed to make a left turn onto a private driveway.

Ramirez then allegedly struck the the back of the truck at about 40 miles per hour and was thrown from the bike.

Ramirez was rushed to Palomar Medical Center, where he remains in critical condition, the news provider stated.