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Motorcyclist dies after collision with van in North Las Vegas

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North Las Vegas Police say excessive speed and prescription drugs are possible factors in a Friday night crash that resulted in the death of a 24-year-old Las Vegas man who was ejected from his motorcycle.

Authorities said a preliminary investigation indicates that at about 10:30 p.m., the rider of a 2003 Suzuki motorcycle was northbound on Decatur Boulevard while a 2000 Nissan Quest van was southbound on Decatur. At the intersection of Casa Bonita Drive, police said the van made a left turn in front of the motorcycle.

As the van turned left, the motorcycle struck the right side of the van. The motorcyclist was ejected and thrown over the van, landing 41 feet away from the site of the collision, police said.

The driver of the van, a 21-year-old Las Vegas man, wasn’t injured.

The motorcyclist was taken to University Medical Center’s trauma unit in critical condition, where he later died from his injuries, police said.

Investigators said prescription drugs on the part of the van driver and excessive speed on the part of the motorcyclist might be factors in the collision. The driver of the van submitted to a blood test to determine the possible involvement of alcohol or drugs.

Charges are pending against the driver of the van, police said.

The Clark County Coroner's Office will release the name of the motorcyclist. Police on Saturday weren't releasing the name of the van's driver.

This is the first fatal crash of the year in North Las Vegas.

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  1. Most cyclists I see riding the highways do not display any sort of safety for themselves or the vehicles around them. When I road, it was with confidence not abandonment of common sense. Seems the only way to bring good riding skills to the cyclist is # 1, have a mandatory bi-annual class where real accidents are discussed about how they occurred and how they could have been prevented. Failure to attend these classes would mean the person's license would be revoked.
    # 2 Levy a special state motorcycle tax on every 2 and 3 wheel vehicle. $500.00 tax to start, then it would double after the first accident. The rider will become more cautious when money is involved.

  2. I live right by this street. That stupid driver should get charged for pulling out in front of the motorcyclist. Just a horrible accident in general. My prays go out to his family.

  3. Chunky says:

    His sympathies and condolences to the friends and family of the fallen rider. It's always tragic to hear about a fellow two wheeled rider in an accident.

    By turning in front of the motorcycle, the driver of the van caused this accident. If drugs are ultimately a factor the van driver should be charged accordingly. Regardless, it will never bring the rider back.

    We all know or should know as riders that the dreaded left turn is among our biggest hazards. Chunky has added additional HID lighting to his bike as well but he always covers the brake with two fingers and assumes the oncoming motorist is going to make the turn.

    Distracted and impaired drivers are a hazard for motorcyclists and other drivers as well.

    Chunky urges all riders to wear all the gear all the time and to dress for the crash not the ride. He also begs motorists to go handsfree on their cells and not to text while driving.

    That's what Chunky thinks!

  4. The old and infamous left turn hazard. Motorists always claim they did not see the biker. They assume a biker can stop on a dime to let them pass, but the truth is bikes are light, and they tend to slide in a panic stop. Auto drivers will never appreciate this situation, they will continue to drive without regard to the safety of two wheelers. I parked my bike years ago, because of hazards like this.