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April 24, 2014

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Motorcyclist dies when he crashes into wires anchoring power pole

Motorcycle crash

A motorcyclist died Saturday night after he crashed into a set of wires anchoring a power pole in a vacant lot in downtown Las Vegas.

The 41-year-old Las Vegas man was traveling east on Bonanza Road near Seventh Street about 11:40 p.m. when he failed to account for a bend in the road, Metro Police said. The man drove off the road and into an undeveloped lot, where he struck the wires.

The crash knocked the man off the motorcycle, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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  1. How can you protect a fool from himself? You can't. Too many motorcyclists I see on the road simply do stupid & foolish things that endanger themselves and others. Weaving in and out of traffic is but one of them. Yesterday, as I & my wife were taking our daily constitutional on Decatur Boulevard, we heard this roar coming from behind us and as we turned to look, two crazies on motorcycles were racing each other down the boulevard. The speed limit is 45 - they must have been hitting 50 or 60 and accelerating. Should we have read about their demise in the paper we would not have been surprised, shocked or had any sympathy for those morons. The streets are not meant to be used for such purposes and motorcycles are not toys. Yet, far too many on those dangerous and vulnerable machines seem to think just the opposite and incidents such as this one reported are bound to occur.

  2. Wow! He failed to account for a bend in the road, huh? Perhaps he was texting, or some other action that caused him to fail to pay attention. I can't imagine speed or alcohol would be involved.

    I'm just thankful that no one else was injured by his failure to account for the bend in the road.

  3. City liability? I once was forced off the road (West Charleston/Buffalo, 20 years ago) to avoid a collision with someone failing to yield right of way. Ruined a tire falling into a chuck hole where the shoulder should have been. I filed a claim with the City. They eventually answered that it was not their fault that I had to drive on the edge or shoulder. Really? Unforeseable that a driver might have to edge over? Just a tire so I didn't fight it. But if I'd been injured, I sure would have.

  4. Roselenda:
    What a crock the City told you!! It wasn't the fact you had to drive on the shoulder, it was the fact that the shoulder was not in good condition in the event a driver HAD to go on the shoulder and THAT was the City's fault. Reminds of a story from years ago. I was going to renew my expired DL and my Mom was in the car with me. I was stopped at an intersection where there was road work. A car turning left hit the torn up street and careened into the front of our car causing extensive damage. I was freaked because I was driving with an expired license but when teh cops came, they could care less. We were told to get a repair estimate, file an insurance claim and send copies to IDOT, which we did. Couple of weeks later, a check came from the State of Illinois paying for all the damage and an apology!!