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23-year-old Motorcyclist Killed after Crash with Truck in Phoenix


motorcycle parked on side of highway

According to the Arizona Republic, a man died after crashing his motorcycle into a pickup truck at an intersection in Phoenix, Arizona, on Tuesday evening.

Details of the Fatal Motorcycle Wreck

Devante B. Holmes, 23, drove his motorcycle at around 5:30 p.m. near the intersection of 29th Avenue and Greenway Road. The accident occurred at the intersection when Holmes failed to stop at the light and rear-ended the truck, which ejected Holmes from his motorcycle.

The Arizona Republic reports that Holmes crashed through the truck’s window and sustained massive trauma. Holmes received treatment at a local hospital but died from his injuries.

Holmes wore a helmet at the time of the crash, according to the Arizona republic. Police do not believe impairment to be a factor in the fatal crash. The investigation is ongoing.

Motorcycle Crash Statistics

The following information is provided by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS):

  • 4,295 motorcyclists died in crashes in 2014.
    • Ninety-two percent of motorcyclists killed in 2014 were males.
  • Helmets are about 37 percent effective in preventing motorcycle deaths and about 67 percent effective in preventing brain injuries.
    • Only 19 states and the District of Columbia mandate helmet use by all riders.
  • Per mile traveled in 2014, the number of deaths on motorcycles was over 27 times the number in cars.

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