Motorcyclist Killed in Semi-Truck Collision
Truck Driver Cited
Early on Wednesday morning, 39-year-old Johnny R. Williams was traveling southbound on Commons Drive. Driving his motorcycle at a high rate of speed, Williams crashed into an 18-wheeler as it was completing a left turn.
Williams struck the right rear tire on the semi-truck as it pulled into a U.S. Post Office facility, according to the Aurora Beacon-News.
Paramedics took Williams to a local hospital, but he was pronounced dead soon after. The Aurora Beacon-News reports that Williams was wearing a helmet.
The 18-wheeler driver, a 49-year-old Aurora man, was cited for failing to yield while turning left. The fatal collision occurred on Commons Drive near Gabrielle Lane in Aurora’s Far East side.
Trucking Accident Statistics
The following information regarding large truck traffic crashes is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
- In 2014, there were 3,903 people killed in crashes involving large trucks – a 2 percent decrease from 2013.
- Seventy-nine percent of people killed in large-truck crashes were occupants of the other vehicles.
- In addition, 74 percent of the people injured in large-truck crashes were occupants of the other vehicles.
- An estimated 111,000 people were injured in crashes involving large trucks in 2014.