Left Turn Led to the Death of a Teen Motorcycle Passenger in Chesapeake
It’s a depressingly familiar scenario in Hampton Roads. A driver makes a left-hand turn in front of a motorcycle. The motorcyclist pays for the apparent mistake with his life. This scenario led to the death of a teen motorcycle passenger in Chesapeake.
Thousands of people are expected to gather on Sunday to remember the 15-year-old passenger killed in an accident on Mount Pleasant Road in Chesapeake.
The teen died on July 1, a day after a motorcycle wreck on June 30. Police officers said the teen was a passenger on a motorcycle that was involved in an accident on the 1700 block of Mount Pleasant Rd. in Chesapeake on June 30 just before 6:15 p.m.
According to Chesapeake police reports, the driver of a car that was heading in the other direction made a left-hand turn in front of the motorcycle. The car and the bike collided. The motorcyclist and the teen passenger were thrown off the bike. The man sustained serious injuries but survived. The teen later died at the hospital.
We are saddened and shocked by this accident and our thoughts are with the family of the teen who died. Far too many motorcyclists are killed and injured by drivers who fail to look for riders before making a turn.
A memorial service for the teen will be held at Harvest Assembly at 525 Kempsville Road in Chesapeake at 5 p.m. on Sunday, according to a Facebook event page.
A gofundme page was set up to help the teen’s family with medical and burial costs. The page said that his parents “donated his organs to provide the gift of life to others.”
News reports stated the woman who was driving the car that hit the motorcycle was not hurt.
Senior Police Officer Leo Kosinski of Chesapeake Police Department said charges may be pending against the driver depending on the outcome of the Chesapeake Police Department’s investigation.
The death of a teen motorcycle passenger in Chesapeake is always tragic. Every year, riders and passengers on motorcycles are killed in Hampton Roads by drivers making a left-turn. This is a needless loss of life that could be avoided if more care was taken.
Left turn accidents occur when a driver cuts across oncoming traffic without having a clear right of way. The at-fault driver may turn on a green light but only has right of way on a green arrow. The driver who is turning across the traffic must yield right of way in this situation.
Increasing numbers of motorcyclists are losing their lives in Virginia. Last year 107 motorcyclists died on the roads of the Commonwealth. The reason for the massive increase in Virginia rider deaths is unclear but motorists are to blame for many of fatal these crashes. It’s difficult to comprehend the scale of the problem. However, the death of a teen motorcycle passenger in Chesapeake is particularly tragic because he had his whole life ahead of him.
If you have been injured in a Virginia motorcycle accident or lost a loved one, please call our experienced Chesapeake motorcycle injury lawyers for a free consultation today at (757) 333-3333.