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Three Dead in Miami Beach Crash

Three people were killed Tuesday morning as a result of a motorcycle crash on Miami Beach’s Julia Tuttle Causeway.

Motorcyclist, Scooter Rider, and Fisherman Were Killed in the Crash

According to ABC 10 News, the crash occurred when a motorcycle operated by a 32-year-old man from Miami Beach rear-ended a scooter driven by 24-year-old Erik Andrew Lau. The impact of the collision caused Lau to be thrown from his scooter.

The motorcyclist then veered out of the traffic lane and struck a man who was fishing off the bridge before being ejected from the motorcycle.

Both Lau and the motorcyclists were pronounced dead at the scene. The fisherman, identified as Daryl Jerome Williams, 30, was transported to Jackson Memorial Hopsital’s Ryder Trauma Center where he later died.

The motorcyclist’s identity has not been released, and the accident remains under investigation.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics

The following information regarding motorcycle accidents is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 4,976 motorcyclists were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2015 — an increase of eight percent from 2014.
  • Motorcyclists injured in crashes decreased in 2015, with an estimated 88,000 sustaining injuries in motor vehicle wrecks compared to 92,000 in 2014.
  • Although motorcycles accounted for a mere three percent of all registered vehicles in the United States in 2014, motorcyclist fatalities accounted for 14 percent of all traffic crash deaths.
  • In 2015, one-third of all motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes were speeding.
  • Florida lead the nation in motorcyclist fatalities (616) followed by California (462) and Texas (443).

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