Saturday Motorcycle Accident Kills One, Injures Another

A man from Alpena was killed in a motorcycle accident that happened on Saturday in Presque Isle County.

Details about the Fatal Motorcycle Accident

Alpena News is reporting that one person was killed and another was injured in an accident involving two motorcycles on Saturday in Presque County, according to the Presque Isle County Sheriff Robert Paschke.

According to police, 46-year-old Paul David Aiken, of Alpena, was killed just after the accident. Another victim, who has not yet been identified, suffered minor injuries and was sent to the hospital to be treated for her injuries.

A press release from the police department stated that Aiken lost control of the motorcycle on Black mountain Highway near County Line Road on a sharp turn. Aiken crossed the center line of the roadway and stuck another motorcycle that was heading in the opposite direction. After the collision, Aiken continued out of control before coming to a rest in a wooded area.

Police have stated that Aiken was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident and was pronounced dead after he arrived at the hospital.

Important Information about Motorcycle Accidents

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there are thousands of wrongful deaths of people involved in motorcycle accidents every year in the United Sates:

  • Helmets have been proven to be about 37 percent effective in preventing fatalities in motorcycle accidents, as well as 67 percent effective in preventing brain injuries.
  • Considering the number of miles traveled, the number of deaths on motorcycles was over 26 times the number of deaths in cars in 2014.
  • A total of 4,295 people were killed in motorcycle accidents in 2014.

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