Motorcyclist Struck, Killed by Suspected Drunk Driver in Las Vegas
About the Deadly Motorcycle Crash
The fatal motorcycle wreck occurred on Las Vegas Boulevard near Barbara Lane at around noon. A 47-year-old motorcyclist was riding north on his Harley-Davidson when a woman in a BMW attempted to turn left in front of him.
Officials say the motorcyclist was ejected after striking the side of the car. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the motorcyclist was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. He would later succumb to his injuries at the hospital.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the driver of the BMW, 21-year-old Kaelyn Elan Swain, was arrested and booked on a DUI resulting in death charge. The fatal motorcycle crash marks the 14th traffic-related fatality in the metro area in 2017.
Information on Motorcycle Accidents
The following information is provided by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS):
- 4,295 motorcyclists died in crashes in 2014.
- 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.