Motorcycle Accident News
Two motorcycles collided with a van on Saturday afternoon in the southeast Valley between the cities of Mesa and Apache Junction. The accident occurred near Signal Butte Road and Apache Trail as the van crossed Main Street.
Steven Slager was killed early Saturday evening in a motorcycle accident near the intersection of Power and Guadalupe in Gilbert. According to investigators with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, the crash occured when a vehicle turned left in front of Mr. Slager's motorcycle.
Daniel Cox and Pearle Perl died Wednesday when their motorcycle was struck by a truck as they passed through the intersection at Golf Links Road and Wilmot in Tucson.
Cornelius Wouters was killed when his motorcycle collided with a car near Cave Creek Road and Union Hills Drive on Saturday afternoon. Debris from the accident caused a second motorcycle to crash, injuring an as-yet unidentified woman. She was transported to the hospital in critical condition.
Joseph Martorelli was killed Friday night when a pickup truck turned left in front of his motorcycle at Union Hills and 51st Avenue in Phoenix.
Brandon Wilson of Skull Valley was killed in a motorcycle accident early Friday afternoon near Iron Springs and Dosie Pit Roads outside Prescott.
People celebrating the annual La Raza motorcycle rally at Chicano Park in San Diego’s Barrio Logan neighborhood were terrified when a pickup truck sailed off an elevated freeway and landed on top of a vendor’s booth, killing four people and injuring eight or nine others.
Paul Russell Seebeck of Bullhead City and Dale Martin Smith of Topock were killed in a motorcycle accident last Friday afternoon. Bullhead City police accident investigators determined that Mr. Seebeck was driving the motorcycle while Mr. Smith was his passenger.
Christopher Campbell was killed Saturday night when his motorcycle collided with a 2006 Saturn. Accident investigators determined that Mr. Campbell was eastbound on Pima in the inside lane between North Wilmot and North Craycroft roads. His motorcycle struck the passenger side of the Saturn as it turned left onto Sahuaro Road.
A violent domestic dispute turned deadly when a wife in a SUV pursued her husband at high speeds until he crashed his motorcycle into a lamp post, killing him instantly. Jennie Jones-Hurdlow and her husband, Brian E. Hurdlow, were embroiled in a domestic dispute that began Saturday evening. The argument continued through late Sunday morning as Brian left their house for a trip to the nearby convenience store. Jones-Hurdlow followed him in her SUV.
An accident claimed the life of a motorcyclist during the Thursday afternoon rush hour on U.S. 60 near the Mill Avenue exit. Phillip Grant of Chandler was riding his motorcycle in the HOV lane when he collided with another vehicle. This first impact sent Mr. Grant into a second vehicle in the adjacent lane. A Tempe Fire Department spokesman said Mr. Grant laid his bike down before being thrown into traffic where he was struck.
John Whiteside of Cibola, Arizona died when his motorcycle collided with an SUV in Palm Desert on Thursday afternoon. Mr. Whiteside was southbound on Cook Street when his motorcycle collided with a Mercedes SUV that was turning left onto Frank Sinatra Drive.
A 60-year-old man suffered serious injuries in a motorcycle accident this afternoon near Willow Creek Road and College Heights in Prescott.
Manuel Alvarez was killed when he collided with another agent as they patrolled Arizona’s southern border last Friday morning. According to Border Patrol Chief Paul A. Beeson, Mr. Alvarez was a 13-year veteran of the Casa Grande Station of the Tucson Sector.
Kevin Douglas Terry was killed over the weekend when the motorcycle he was riding was struck by a pickup truck. The incident occurred at the intersection of 45th Avenue and Camelback Road in Glendale.
Glendale Police Department accident investigators report that Mr. Terry apparently was heading east on Camelback when his motorcycle was struck by the pickup truck traveling north on 45th Avenue, causing the truck to flip and come to rest on its side.
Rodrigo Ortega Saldate died of injuries he received in a crash Wednesday morning around 6:00 a.m. Mr. Ortega Saldate was riding his three-wheeled Can-Am Spyder motorcycle westbound on Speedway Boulevard when an eastbound Ford Transit van turned left onto Main Avenue in front of him.
Michael Robert was killed Tuesday night just outside Marana when his motorcycle was struck by a truck towing a trailer. Mr. Robert was traveling southbound on Trico Road when a westbound truck driven by David Huntley ran through an intersection stop sign.
A motorcyclist and his passenger were both critically injured Saturday when their bike struck a vehicle head-on. Neither rider on the bike has, as yet, been identified by law enforcement accident investigators.
Tyler Woelfersheim was killed Thursday evening in Green Valley when his motorcycle was struck by a car making a left-hand turn. Pima County Sheriff’s Department accident investigators report that Mr. Woelfersheim was westbound on Continental at about 7:40 p.m. The driver of an eastbound car turned north onto Abrego Drive, into the path of Mr. Woelfersheim’s motorcycle.
Michael Freeman was killed Friday evening when a vehicle exiting a private drive pulled directly into the path of his motorcycle. The driver fled the scene, which was captured on surveillance video. Accident investigators with the Glendale Police Department say that Mr. Freeman reportedly was traveling west on Northern Avenue at 51st Avenue when the tragic incident occurred. Mr. Freeman attempted to lay down his motorcycle, but was unable to avoid the fatal collision.
Juan Manuel Mosqueira died Tuesday morning when his motorcycle collided with a Peterbilt garbage truck. The accident occurred around 8:00 a.m. near Valencia and Country Club Roads. Bystanders rendered first aid until Tucson Fire Department paramedics arrived. In spite of their efforts, Mr. Mosqueira succumbed to his injuries.
Vincent Reid was killed Saturday morning when his motorcycle collided with a garbage truck near 40th Street and Baseline Road. A Phoenix Fire Department spokeswoman said Mr. Reid was pronounced dead at the scene. His four year old son was a passenger on the motorcycle when the accident occurred.
Ronald Luster Hicks was arrested in connection with a fatal crash that occurred on April 7th at Northern and 19th Avenue in Phoenix. One motorcycle rider was killed and another seriously injured in the tragic traffic incident. The injured rider required an amputation.
Derek Pyle, age 48 of Surprise, was killed Saturday afternoon when his motorcycle was rear-ended by a SUV driven by an unidentified 16-year-old unlicensed driver. The collision forced Mr. Pyle’s bike into another vehicle.
Karim Harrison died early Sunday morning as a result of injuries sustained in an accident on Interstate 17 in Phoenix. According to investigators with the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Mr. Harrison was riding his motorcycle southbound on Interstate 17 and transitioning to eastbound Interstate 10 when he went off the roadway. Mr. Harrison entered the desert area off the freeway and was thrown from his motorcycle.
On July 30, 2015, I wrote about a tragic motorcycle accident that claimed the life of Shawn Sather. David Falco was on the Loop 303 when he collided with the motorcycle driven by Mr. Sather. Mr. Falco has pled guilty to reckless manslaughter and endangerment in Maricopa County Superior Court earlier this month. He will be sentenced on April 22, 2016.
Michael G. Salinel died when his motorcycle became pinned between two cars involved in a multiple vehicle crash on Saturday night.
Craig Ammerman of Tucson died when his motorcycle collided with a van Friday on Interstate 10 outside Deming. The cause of the accident is unclear, as both the motorcycle and the van were headed in the same direction.
Kristopher Bell was killed Tuesday evening when his motorcycle collided head-on with a pickup truck. Mr. Bell was eastbound on Grand Avenue at Coggins Drive when a pickup truck driven by Kathy Rae Grant reportedly failed to yield the right of way and turned in front of Mr. Bell's motorcycle, causing it to burst into flames.
Michael Navarro was hospitalized Sunday after his motorcycle crashed on State Route 83 near Elgin-Canelo. Mr. Navarro was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
Susan Lingenfelter Collins was killed in the early evening hours on Saturday when the motorcycle on which she was a passenger drifted into the right lane of Andy Devine Avenue and collided with a Ford Explorer.
Robin Rawlings was killed Sunday evening when a car driven by 17 year old Alyssa Franks failed to yield from a private driveway and struck Ms. Rawlings’ motorcycle. The tragic incident occurred on Orange Grove Road near La Cañada.
Amy Hill died early Friday as a result of injuries she received on May 3rd when her motorcycle was struck from behind by Scott Woodington on Sahuarita Road. Ms. Hill was hospitalized at Northwest Medical Center where she had been treated for an array of serious injuries she received in the crash.
Destiny Smith of Glendale, Arizona was killed Tuesday afternoon when she was thrown from the back of a motorcycle driven by 44 year old Michael Weissman, also of Glendale.
Shawn Sather was killed Tuesday night when his motorcycle was struck from behind by a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. The tragic incident occurred on the Loop 303.
Meryl Austin was killed Sunday evening when a car driven by Stanley Bindell of Chino Valley turned in front of Mr. Austin’s bike on Highway 89 at the Watson Lake scenic overlook. Accident investigators report that the turn was unlawful, as a sign posted there forbids all turns.
Dr. Robert Arceci was killed Monday morning when the driver of a landscape truck turned in front of his motorcycle at Shea Boulevard and 69th Street. Dr. Arceci was on his way to work at Phoenix Children’s Hospital when the tragic accident occurred.
Robert Charles Looney was killed early this morning when his motorcycle struck a median and crashed near West Twin Peaks Road and Interstate 10. Mr. Looney’s wife, whose name has not yet been released by law enforcement accident investigators, was injured in the crash. She was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.
Gary Allen Fisher died Saturday night from injuries he received when his motorcycle was rear-ended while he was moving through the intersection of Thunderbird Road and 75th Avenue. The driver of the offending vehicle fled the scene of the collision, but was apprehended by Peoria Police accident investigators who reportedly followed a fluid trail left on Thunderbird Road as a result of the collision.
Mark Samsal and Aimee Hunter were killed Saturday night in a single-vehicle accident near Power Road and Queen Creek Road in Gilbert.
Richard Machado was killed Sunday afternoon when a truck pulled out in front of his motorcycle near the intersection of 1st Avenue and River Road.
Al Barela and Samantha Barela of Farmington, New Mexico, were killed on Saturday as they rode in a motorcycle charity event to benefit the Special Olympics. The couple was among an estimated 1,000 bikers who rode from Mesa to North Scottsdale for the event.
Michael Orticelli was struck Monday by a SUV that turned into the path of his motorcycle. The impact caused Mr. Orticelli to, then, collide with a second vehicle—a pickup truck. Unfortunately, Mr. Orticelli died of his injuries.
Colin Newman sustained a broken leg and other injuries when a Volkswagen sedan turned into the path of Mr. Newman’s motorcycle Monday afternoon. The accident occurred on Fry Boulevard near Third Street.
John Hyatt was killed Wednesday when a car driven by a 22 year old woman turned left into the path of Mr. Hyatt’s motorcycle, causing him to first collide with it and then strike a nearby pickup truck. The tragic incident occurred in the 10900 block of East Fort Lowell Road on the northeast side of the metro area.
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