Visalia Area CHP Report Fatal Motorcycle Collision

On May 30, 2019, at approximately 0715 hours, the Fresno CHP Communication Center received a call traffic collision with medical personnel responding involving a 2014 Kawasaki motorcycle versus a 2016 Dodge Ram pickup, at the intersection of State Route 216 and Avenue 309. Officers from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Visalia Area Office responded to the scene and investigated the collision.

During the course of the investigation it was determined Mrs. Mary M. Taylor was stopped in the Dodge pickup, traveling southbound on Avenue 309, at the posted stop sign for the intersection with State Route 216. The rider of a motorcycle was traveling westbound on State Route 216, at an undetermined speed, approaching the intersection with Avenue 309. Mrs. Taylor failed to see the rider of the motorcycle approaching her location and pulled into the intersection. Mrs. Taylor violated the motorcycle rider’s right of way as she turned eastbound onto State Route 216. The motorcycle rider veered left, but was unable to avoid the Dodge pickup. The Kawasaki motorcycle struck the Dodge pickup and careened in a southwesterly direction until it came to rest on the south edge of the roadway.

The motorcycle rider was ejected from the motorcycle and suffered major injuries. The motorcycle rider was talking to paramedics at the scene and was transported by ambulance to the Kaweah Delta Medical Center emergency room. While in transit, the motorcycle rider’s injuries degraded, and he succumbed in the ambulance. Mrs. Taylor was uninjured in the crash. The motorcycle rider was wearing a helmet, but was unlicensed and did not have a motorcycle endorsement.

Alcohol and/or drugs are not considered a factor at this point.

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