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On Friday night, a motorcycle crash in Woodfin sent two people to the hospital. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened sometime around 9:00 p.m. at the intersection of Old Marshall and Weaverville Highways. Reportedly, a driver was turning left from Weaverville Highway and pulled out in front of the motorcycle. The impact of the crash ejected the motorcycle’s driver and passenger. The couple, Jeremy Chad Hollifield and Kaitlyn Brown, both suffered from extensive injuries.

Three Motorcycle Crashes in Three Days

The incident in Woodfin was the third motorcycle crash reported in just three days. Only a few short hours before the Woodfin motorcycle crash, there was a motorcycle wreck on Holly Springs Road in Etowah. The rider involved had to be airlifted to Mission Hospital for treatment of injuries. On Wednesday night, a motorcycle wreck in Asheville sent a 56-year-old rider to the hospital as well.

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On Monday afternoon, a motorcyclist was severely injured in a McDowell County crash. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened at about 4:00 p.m. on NC-226 near Dairy Road. Very few details about this crash have been released, but we do know that Traviss Kendall Waldrop of Nebo was headed north on 226 when his motorcycle left the roadway. The bike overturned and struck a tree.

Motorcyclist Airlifted to Mission Hospital

First responders rushed to the scene, and Waldrop was airlifted to Mission Hospital in critical condition for the treatment of a head injury and possibly other injuries. This was an apparent one-vehicle wreck, but the cause of the crash is still under investigation with the North Carolina Highway Patrol. A portion of the roadway was closed until after 6:00 p.m. as first responders and crews worked the scene.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently imposed a $2.9 million civil penalty against Triumph Motorcycles Ltd and Triumph Motorcycles (America) Ltd. for violating the Safety Act. In addition to their failure to respond to the NHTSA on numerous occasions, they also violated critical reporting requirements involving defective motorcycle parts.

Defective Steering Capabilities in Triumph Motorcycles

This penalty is associated with Triumph’s 2014 recall of more than 1,300 motorcycles due to a defect that could impact steering capabilities and increase the risk of a crash. In addition to a variety of other violations, they failed to report the defect in a timely manner. After a record-setting year for automobile recalls, it’s no surprise that the NHTSA is cracking down on motorcycle manufacturers too.

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On Monday night, two people were killed in a motorcycle crash in Cherokee County, South Carolina. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened on SC Highway 221. For currently unknown reasons, the motorcycle apparently crossed the centerline and collided with a Ford truck, head on. Both the driver and the passenger on the motorcycle were thrown from the vehicle. Heather Lane Guffey and Mark Jonathan Petty, both 26 years old, died as a result of their injuries.

Truck Passenger Also Injured in Crash

The passenger in the front seat of the pickup truck was transported to the hospital in Spartanburg for treatment of injuries. No other injuries were reported, although there were two other people in the truck. There’s no word on the extent of injuries involved or that person’s current condition. Very few details about the crash have been released, as it may still be under investigation with local law enforcement authorities.

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Over the weekend, a motorcycle crash in Maggie Valley took the lives of two people. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, Joey and Michelle Dunlap, parents of two teenage daughters, were headed to join a Shriner’s parade on their motorcycle just before the crash. Sadly, they never made it to the parade. The wreck happened on Saturday at about 10:50 a.m., on US 19. A BMW SUV pulled onto the roadway in front of them and the Cherryville couple was unable to stop in time. The vehicles collided. Both riders died as a result of their injuries.

Deadly Motorcycle Wreck on US 19

WLOS ABC News Channel 13 also reports that the SUV was pulling out of the Dollar General parking lot at the time of the wreck. Local residents said this isn’t the first time a fatal crash has happened on this stretch of road. This part of US 19 is notorious for speeding too, and even though the speed limit was recently reduced from 55 miles per hour to 45 miles per hour, some community members report that drivers are still speeding. There’s no word on whether or not any charges have been filed, but the driver of the SUV, who reportedly did not see the motorcycle, could be facing a failure to yield citation.

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Last Thursday night, a hit-and-run driver fatally struck a 36-year-old moped rider. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened near the Good News Baptist Church on Smokey Park Highway. An Asheville woman, 21-year-old Delilah Wilson, struck the moped from behind and then left the scene.

Hit-and-Run Driver Fled Crash Scene

The moped rider, Robert Jason Miller, died as a result of his injuries in the crash, and Wilson was picked up a few miles from the scene. Although very few details about the wreck were released, we do know that Wilson was charged with felony hit and run.

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On Monday evening, a 22-year-old Mauldin police officer was killed in a motorcycle crash. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at the intersection of West Butler Road and Cary Street.

For currently unknown reasons, Austin Gotowka lost control of his bike and slid through the intersection. There was another vehicle involved, but there’s no word on what happened with that vehicle. As of Tuesday, the driver had not been cited, but very few details have been released about the investigation. Gotowka was wearing a helmet at the time of the wreck.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Austin Gotowka.

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On Wednesday afternoon, a high-speed motorcycle chase ended in a wreck in Buncombe County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident began on New Liecester Highway, when an 18-year-old motorcycle rider failed to stop for authorities.

Very few details have been released, but officials did report that the chase ended in a crash on Monte Vista Road. Law enforcement officers and first responders were on the scene, but there’s no word on whether or not the rider or anybody else was injured in the crash, or if other vehicles were involved. WLOS ABC News Channel 13 did report that there were charges pending against the motorcyclist.

High-speed chases can endanger and injure other roadway users and innocent bystanders. If you or a loved one has been injured due to somebody else’s reckless, careless or willfully dangerous behavior, you need to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

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On Friday night, well-known motorcyclist Don Tilley died in a crash on the Blue Ridge Parkway, near Mile Post 394. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened sometime around 8:00 p.m. His passenger and wife, Robinette, was critically injured and rushed to Mission Hospital. For currently unknown reasons, their motorcycle left the roadway and crashed into an embankment.

Community Members and Friends Mourn

The loss of Don Tilley, of Tilley Harley-Davidson in Statesville and Salisbury, has hit the local, racing and motorcycle communities hard. Described as an icon in the industry, his loss is being mourned by friends and admirers in the community. NASCAR driver Kyle Petty even expressed his condolences on this Twitter account.

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On Monday night, a crash involving an SUV took the life of a motorcycle rider in Black Mountain. According to WLOS ABC Channel 13 News, the wreck happened at about 8:45 p.m. An SUV turned directly in front of a motorcycle. The SUV was attempting to get on I-40 East from Dunsmore Avenue. Later that night, the motorcycle rider, 28-year-old William Fox, died at Mission Hospital. WLOS News did report that charges were pending against the SUV driver.

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Since 2000, motorcycle-related deaths have increased by 55 percent. Sadly, this tragic crash happened during the first week of National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is hoping to raise awareness about the safety issues that motorcycle riders face on U.S. roadways. They are reminding motorists to “Share the Road” with motorcyclists and to be extra alert to help keep riders safe. Unfortunately, some drivers just fail to pay attention or check their blind spots before switching lanes or entering roadways.