Riding a motorcycle can be a fun way to get around, but it is also one of the most dangerous forms of transportation. According to statistics based on vehicle miles traveled, motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to die in an accident than passenger vehicle occupants. Further statistics indicate that of the fatal motorcycle accidents that occurred in 2017, 29% were riding without valid motorcycle licenses. Helmet use is up to 70.1% of all motorcyclists in 2018, up from 55% in 2017. In 2016, the use of motorcycle helmets saved 1,859 lives. An additional 802 lives could have been saved if all motorcyclists had worn helmets.
The Marietta Daily Journal reports that a motorcyclist was killed and a woman injured after a crash in Austell.
The crash occurred on Tuesday night on Austell Road at the intersection of Seayes Rd.
26-year-old Lawrence Peters, an Austell resident, was riding a Suzuki motorcycle on Austell Road when a Nissan sedan driven by 41-year-old Melissa Youngblood struck him. Youngblood was attempting to turn left onto Seayes Road and turned into the path of Peters.
Peters was ejected from his motorcycle but remained in contact with the Nissan that hit him. Peters died from his injuries. Youngblood was transported to a nearby hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.
The impact of the motorcycle hitting the Nissan caused the vehicle to roll.
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