Indy Dave Posted May 11, 2011 Share Posted May 11, 2011 This happened two weeks ago. It's difficult to tell exactly what happened, as the two reports (below) tell differing stories. I *think* this is something we've discussed in the past, but maybe something can be taken away from this tragedy. This is a State Highway that runs through his town. In this area, it's 3 lanes, one for each direction and a center turning lane 1) If, as the first report states, he passed a van(!) that was turning right into a parking lot, one can't help but wonder how he thought that maneuver was safe - even if in a car. 2) If the car pulling out of the parking lot turned left across his path AFTER the van turned in front of him, then likely he was traveling to close. Hard to tell his lane position. Either way, it seems like poor situational awareness and/or poor judgment. Both of these scenarios point to novice rider. I assume these situations are covered in mandatory MSF classes, yes? ( I got my license back when you just needed to pass a skills test in the early 80's. Authorities say an eastern Indiana city's fire chief died over the weekend after his motorcycle was hit by a car. Police say a car pulling out from a Walmart parking lot hit Portland Fire Chief Matt Aker's motorcycle as he drove past another vehicle. The car's driver told officers she didn't see the motorcycle. The 34-year-old Aker suffered head and internal injuries and was pronounced dead at a Fort Wayne hospital, where he was taken after Saturday's crash in the city about 30 miles northeast of Muncie. Aker had been a Portland firefighter since 1997 and chief since 2005. Area homeland security task force commander Shannon Henry tells The Star Press that Aker dedicated his life to serving the public. ------------------------------------------------------------------ According to the crash report, Aker was traveling westbound on Ind. 67 on his Harley Davidson Sportster Saturday afternoon when he was struck by a Chevrolet Impala being driven by Doris A. Muhlenkamp, 64, of Portland. Muhlenkamp told officers she was facing south looking to turn eastbound from the Portland Walmart parking lot onto Ind. 67 when she saw a white van headed westbound on 67 turning into the shopping center's parking lot. Muhlenkamp, according to the report, did not see Aker's motorcycle behind the van and collided with it, ejecting Aker from the bike. Aker suffered fatal head and internal injuries. Link to comment
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