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Motorcycle Passenger Killed in Michigan Accident

Tina Robinson3 years ago

A motorcycle-car collision left one woman dead Wednesday morning in Jackson, Michigan. According to NBC WILX 10, a woman was knocked off the back of a motorcycle she was a passenger on when it was rear-ended by a car. The victim was then run over by an oncoming vehicle.

Details of the Motorcycle-Car Accident

Preliminary reports say the accident happened around 12:15 a.m. Wednesday morning on MI-50 near Benton Rd. in Jackson, MI. The victim fell off of a 1987 blue Harley Davidson, of which she was a passenger, when it was rear-ended by a 1998 Oldsmobile 88. The victim was then struck by a Ford Focus in the oncoming lane.

Witnesses say the driver of the motorcycle as well as the two occupants of the Oldsmobile fled the scene. Police are still investigating the deadly accident.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,612 motorcyclists were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2011 and an additional 81,000 motorcyclists were injured. Data shows that motorcyclists are 30 times more likely to die in traffic crashes than passenger car occupants.

Roughly half of all motorcycles involved in fatal crashes collided with another type of motor vehicle. 75% of motorcycles involved in two-vehicle crashes collided with vehicles in front of the motorcycle. Only 6% of motorcycle collisions with another vehicle were struck in the rear.

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