Three car accidents over the Thanksgiving weekend have left three people dead.
3 Car Accidents
According to a Phoenix police spokesman, a trio of car wrecks in northern Phoenix occurred during the time between Sunday morning through Sunday night. The accidents left three people dead.
First Car Accident
The first accident occurred when, according to police, 29-year-old motorcyclist Michael Eugene Thomsen was struck by a truck turning. The accident occurred on Bell Road near Seventh Avenue at about 8:30 a.m. Thomsen, said Officer James Holmes, a Phoenix police spokesman, was not wearing a motorcycle helmet. He suffered serious injuries and was taken to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
Second Car Accident
The second car accident happened at 7 p.m. when two elderly people, heading eastbound, attempted to make a left turn and were hit by a car traveling westbound. Sarah Denano, 71, was killed.
Third Car Accident
The third accident also involved a motorcyclist not wearing a helmet. At 7:30 p.m. paramedics and police responded to the accident that killed Jeffrey Alan Baker, 34. An eastbound car turned in front of Baker’s westbound motorcycle.
Importance of Motorcycle Safety
There are a number of precautions that both motorcyclists and fellow motorists can take to ensure the safety of motorcycle riders. Wearing a helmet is the number one thing a motorcyclist can do to ensure their safety. You should never ride without a helmet. Additionally, motorists sharing the road with motorcyclists need to practice awareness. Motorcycles are smaller than cars, and can thus be hard to see. Practicing full awareness (no distracted driving!) is crucial to ensure the safety of those driving or cycling around you. Both motorcyclists and drivers need to pay attention, follow speed limits, use turn signals, and practice safe driving skills.