Ohio Motorcyclist Killed in Accident
Ohio State Highway Patrol has reported that a motorcyclist was killed in an accident with a car in Burton Township, OH on Wednesday. Gino A. Igoe, 23, was pronounced dead on the scene, according to WKYC 3 News.
Details of the Motorcycle Crash
Reports say that Igoe was riding his 2001 Suzuki GSX-R600 on State Highway 700 when he lost control of his motorcycle going around a curve. Igoe crossed the center line and was struck by a 1997 Buick Skylark. Igoe died on the scene from injuries sustained in the collision.
The driver of the Buick was identified as Allen W. Waldman, 55. He was not reported as injured.
Authorities suspect that speed was a factor in the crash. Alcohol is not suspected.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns, “With more people in the United States riding motorcycles today than ever before, motorcyclist deaths and injuries are an important public health concern.” The CDC estimates motorcycle deaths reached an all-time high when it more than doubled between 1999 and 2008.
- 34,000 motorcyclists were killed between 2001 and 2008 representing a 55% death rate increase.
- 1,222,000 persons were seen in emergency rooms for non-fatal motorcycle-related injuries between 2001 and 2008.
The Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS) also provides the following state-specific statistics on motorcycle accidents:
- 74.2% of motorcyclists injured and 52.9% killed were not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident (2012).
- The age group at highest risk for injury or death was those aged 46-55, making up 28.8% of fatalities and 24.6% of deaths.