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Posted at 10:36 PM ET, 04/ 6/2010

Alexandria motorcyclist dies in crash

By Erica Johnston

A 22-year old Alexandria man was killed Tuesday night when his motorcycle collided with a SUV in the Alexandria area, Fairfax County said.

The crash occured when the SUV tried to turn from a parking lot onto westbound Route 236, just west of Beauregard Street, said Officer Don Gotthardt, a police spokesman. Police believe the motorcycle was speeding through the area.

The motorcyclist, whose name was not immediately released, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police closed Route 236 as they investigated.

-- Clarence Williams

By Erica Johnston  | April 6, 2010; 10:36 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  
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When the weather gets warm, I see these guys on the "pocket rockets" speeding all over the place. It's unfortunate that this guy lost his life. However, they don't call motorcyclists organ donors for no reason.

Posted by: jabreal00 | April 7, 2010 6:40 AM | Report abuse

An SUV and a motorcyclist. Hmmmmm...that would be a real contest. Most SUV drivers and most motorcyclists don't think traffic laws apply to them.

Posted by: checkered1 | April 7, 2010 6:53 AM | Report abuse

These goofballs give real bikers a bad name. Last week on the Beltway near Largo these idiots were actually doing wheelies and - I don't know the technical term for it - "hanging off the side of the bike" while going 65 mph in heavy traffic. I started to call them in but then they took an exit.

Of course, last year, a few miles further south from this spot on the Beltway, I saw one of these guys lying motionless in a lump in the middle of the highway while his cohorts stood on the side with the authorities. He wasn't receiving any medical attention, so I believe he had just completed his last ride.

Posted by: GreenMeansGo | April 7, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Of note:

6) In the multiple vehicle accidents, the driver of the other vehicle violated the motorcycle right-of-way and caused the accident in two-thirds of those accidents.

7) The failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic is the predominating cause of motorcycle accidents. The driver of the other vehicle involved in collision with the motorcycle did not see the motorcycle before the collision, or did not see the motorcycle until too late to avoid the collision.

9) The most frequent accident configuration is the motorcycle proceeding straight then the automobile makes a left turn in front of the oncoming motorcycle.

Posted by: gantbd | April 7, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

From what the article noted, the SUV driver probably didn't see the motorcycle, which would have had the right of way (it was on rte. 236 and the car was pulling onto the street from a parking lot).

MOST car drivers don't bother to look when pulling out of driveways and parking lots, and keep an eye out for motorcycles AT ALL. This is particularly true if the driver is turning left out of a driveway or the base of a "T" intersection.

Just one more reason to LOOK before taking a left turn and to turn your cel phone off while driving. Unlike people on bicycles, motorcyclists are insured, registered and licensed to ride on the roads. In other words, they have the right to be on the road but are also in a vehicle which offers significantly less protection than a car.

As for all the cynical commments by motorcycle haters, get a life. Someone died in a preventable accident because someone else was negligent. What does that have to do with crotch rocket riders and wanna-be stunt riders?

Posted by: nwrepresent1 | April 7, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

The SUV was coming out of a parking lot which means the Bike had the right of way. After reading the posts here.. seems some drivers think that bigger is better and always right mentality. I guess SUVs do own the road. This SUV driver will get a lawyer and pay $200 fine and insurance will buy the dead Biker's family a new Bike.

Posted by: jercha | April 7, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

why to the Police think the motorcycle was "speeding?" The SUV is guilty of negligent homocide imho.

Why not write, "An SUV reved up his engine and roared full speed out of a parking lot into on-coming traffic and rammed a law-abiding motorcyclist riding within the speed limit on a major thoroughfare killing him instantly and leaving his grief striken family to ask why, why?" !!!

Posted by: wjc1va | April 7, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Of course there are responsible bikers and maybe the biker had the right of way, but from what i see in this area is the crotch rocket bikers weaving in and out of traffic at high rates of speed and the SUV likely didnt see the biker until it was too late.

These bikes are so cheap and more and more idiots are riding them.... dangerously...

Try riding on MD RT 50 one afternoon.

I dread hitting one of them but if i do I will have a new car maybe a higher insurance bill but they will fare a different ending.

que cera cera

Posted by: joebananas1 | April 7, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

RIP my friend :(

Posted by: netcheta | April 7, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Que sera sera? Would you say the same had a motorist been similarly killed while driving a smaller, economical 4 wheeled vehicle that did not afford several thousand pounds of protection? If it were YOUR loved one? Are their lives that cheap as well?

I openly encourage ANY driver to take a MSF course on motorcycle riding, regardless of intent to own / operate one, if for no other reason than to round out their own driving skills and gain a bit of valuable perspective and awareness that can save lives.

Driving habits carry over to motorcycles, and the "crotch rocket bikers" you lament are very likely the same drivers you lament. Don't blame the vehicle for the operator's issues.

Posted by: gantbd | April 7, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

How dare you talk like that about a person who just passed away? Do you actually realize that there are friends, relatives, coworkers and a lot of people who love and miss this young guy. I am one of them. He was only 22 years old, he was a sweet guy. You can't say that all motorcyclists are the same. You should be ashamed talking like that about somebody who just passed away. Serejka, ti navsegda v nashih serdcah!

Posted by: barkovael | April 9, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

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