This past Sunday, two individuals were killed on eastern Missouri roads in two separate accidents. While motorcyclists are aware of the dangers of riding on the open road, these instances remind us to take extra care while driving these vehicles. In 2009 there were 4,595 fatal crashes involving motorcycles in the United States. Those crashes also involved more than 84,000 injured. Any accident involving injury or death is tragic no matter what the circumstances.
A 14 year old boy, Bradley Harris from Washington, Missouri, was tragically killed while riding as a passenger on a 2009 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by Craig Harris, 46, also from Washington and believed to be the victim’s father. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, Mr. Harris was traveling in lane three of Interstate 70 west of Highway 94 when he lost control of his vehicle and slid on the pavement into the second traffic lane where it was struck by a Ford Bronco. Craig Harris was ejected and the motorcycle and the deceased continued into the first driving lane and were struck by another vehicle.
In an unrelated crash, a man from Imperial, Missouri was killed in a motorcycle accident in Jefferson County. Jimmie Brown, 59, was killed when the 2011 Harley Davidson he was driving traveled off the east side of Route E near Belleville Lane and struck a tree and a barded wire fence. His passenger, a 44 year old woman from Pevely, Missouri was in serious condition and taken by air ambulance to St. John’s Medical Center.
Our prayers are with the friends and family impacted by these tragic events.