Fatal Motorcycle Accidents Involving High Speeds

As seen in the Motorcycle Accident Statistics category of this blog, speeding and/or otherwise operating a motorcycle in a reckless manner is a primary cause of fatal motorcycle accidents in Illinois.  Many fatal motorcycle accidents featured in this blog involve such incidents.

Two recent fatal motorcycle accidents in other states illustrate motorcycle accident fatalities that involve high-speed riding.

The first is a fatal motorcycle accident in Indianapolis, Indiana on January 24.  It is featured in the Indianapolis Star article of January 25, 2012 titled “Motorcyclist killed in crash on Southside.”  As seen in that article, in which motorcyclist Brian Saylor, 31, was killed after his motorcyclist collided with a car:

Brian Saylor, Beech Grove, was driving at high speed east on Raymond Street at 1:13 a.m., according to an Indianapolis metropolitan police report, when his motorcycle crossed Shelby Street and collided with a 1988 Chevrolet.

The driver of the car said he heard the motorcycle accelerating seconds before it collided with his car, according to the police report.

Another fatal high-speed motorcycle accident happened in Maui, also on January 24.  In this fatal motorcycle accident, a motorcyclist, Wayne Decosta, died shortly after hitting a parked truck while riding on the Honoapiilani Highway.  As seen in the MauiNow.com story of January 25 titled “Maui Motorcyclist Killed in High Speed Crash in Kaanapali” :

The man, identified as Wayan Decosta, 21, of Honokowai, was operating a 2001 Yamaha motorcycle, and was traveling north on the Highway at around 3:35 p.m. when he collided with an unattended parked truck.

Witnesses tell police that the motorcyclist was traveling at a high rate of speed of between 80 and 100 miles per hour, and was weaving in and out of heavy traffic when the accident occurred.

According to police reports, Decosta was headed toward Napili when he elected to pass a van traveling in the outside (slow) lane about 1700 feet north of the Kaanapali Parkway intersection.  Police say he attempted to pass on the right, leaving the travel portion of the roadway and entered the bicycle lane.

Shortly thereafter, police say, he collided into the rear of an unattended parked truck (1991 Isuzu pickup).


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