Man Injured In Motorcycle Crash As He Attempts To “Split Lanes” at 70-75 mph

On Wednesday, August 3, a man was injured in an Oceanside, California motorcycle accident as he attempted to “split lanes.”

The man, Justin Beyerl, 22, a Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton, was hospitalized with a compound fracture to his right leg after the motorcycle he was driving hit a stopped car.

According to the California Highway Patrol Officer Chris Parent, Beyerl, on his 2005 Honda Shadow, was cruising westbound at 7:20 a.m. on state Route 78 when he encountered stopped traffic just west of Jefferson Street.  Beyerl then began to “split lanes” at 70-75 mph, and clipped the rear of a Ford Taurus.

Parent said Beyerl was ejected during the impact; however, the motorcycle continued to “split the lanes” for another 500 feet without touching another vehicle.  The motorcycle finally fell over and hit two cars.

Additional details can be seen in the August 3 Camp Pendleton Patch story titled “Marine Injured in Oceanside Motorcycle Crash.”

2 Motorcycles Collide, One Person Dead In Montgomery County Illinois

Amber Dawn Beck, 21, of Pana, died Monday after injuries she sustained in a motorcycle crash Sunday, August 1 in Montgomery County, Illinois.  She was the passenger on the motorcycle.

An excerpt from the story of August 3, titled “Amber Beck dies of injuries from Sunday cycle crash” :

21 year old Amber Dawn Beck of Pana was riding on a 2002 Yamaha with a male friend when their ‘cycle collided with a second motorcycle which was making a U-Turn on North 21st Street in Montgomery County Sunday afternoon.

The drivers of both of the motorcycles were also injured in the collision and transported to a hospital in Hillsboro, Illinois.

Beck was airlifted to the Springfield facility where she died late Monday.  The investigation into the accident continues and charges are still a possibility according to authorities with the Illinois State Police.


Fatal Motorcycle Accident In Springfield Illinois

Late Monday, a motorcyclist was killed in Springfield, Illinois when he was thrown off his bike and he hit a light pole on Veterans Parkway.

The motorcyclist has been identified as David W. Harris, 57, from Ashland.  According to Illinois State Police, he was riding south on Veterans at Browning Road when he lost control of the motorcycle and hit a curb.

He was pronounced dead at 12:48 a.m. Tuesday, Edwards said.

According to police, it was unclear why Harris lost control of the vehicle, although there is road construction in the area of the accident.

Officials are unsure as to whether Harris was wearing a helmet.

The coroners office and Illinois State Police are investigating the cause of the death.

Additional details can be seen in the August 3 State Journal-Register article titled “Ashland man dies in motorcycle crash on Veterans Parkway.”

Motorcyclist Killed In Peoria, Illinois

A motorcyclist was killed Sunday, July 31 in Peoria, Illinois.

The man killed was identified as Gerald Gimbel, 63, of Sparland.  He was pronounced dead at 6:30 p.m. at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.

According to an August 1 story titled “East Peoria man ticketed for fatal crash Sunday” :

Nathan Palmer, 32, of 501 Illini Drive was given tickets for reckless driving, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and improper lane usage after the crash at 3:30 p.m. in the 1700 block of War Memorial Drive.

He was westbound when he crossed into a lane of oncoming traffic and struck a motorcycle driven by Gerald Gimbel, 63, of 107 Sioux Drive in Sparland.

According to Peoria Country Coroner Johnna Ingersoll, an autopsy done Monday showed Gimbel died of multiple injuries to the head, spine and chest.  He was wearing a helmet.

2 People Killed In Collinsville Illinois Motorcycle Accident

According to various news stories, a fatal motorcycle accident in Collinsville, Illinois on Sunday, July 31 has left two people dead.

Details on the accident are sparse; however, it is being reported that their motorcycle hit a utility pole.  The accident happened at approximately 3:00 a.m. Sunday.

Both people were thrown from the motorcycle, and pronounced dead at the scene.

Those killed were identified as Brandon King, 25, of Collinsville, and Kimura Halbrook, 21, of Granite City.  Halbrook was said to be the passenger.

According to Madison County Coroner Steve Nonn,  King was driving a 2007 Harley-Davidson motorcycle when he lost control of bike.

Additional details can be seen in the July 31 ABC7 News story titled “Two dead in southwest Illinois motorcycle accident” as well as July 31 story titled “Man and woman died in southwestern Illinois motorcycle accident.”