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Fatal Motorcycle Accident in Colorado Springs, CO

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The Colorado State Patrol is currently investigating a fatal motorcycle accident in El Paso County. Fox 21’s Colorado Connection has a summation provided by the Colorado State Patrol:

Troopers say a 1998 BMW 528i sedan was traveling eastbound on Grinnell Street proceeding from a stop sign onto northbound Powers Boulevard when it turned into the path of a southbound 2009
Harley-Davidson Fat Boy motorcycle.

The Harley-Davidson rolled onto its right side before colliding with the left side of the BMW.

The Harley-Davidson’s driver, 36-year-old John Harlan of Colorado Springs, suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash.

The passenger on the motorcycle, Yovanne Medina of Colorado Springs, suffered serious injuries in the crash and was taken to Memorial Hospital for treatment. Jacqualine Brown, the driver of the BMW, sustained moderate injuries and was also taken to Memorial Hospital. Neither Harlan nor Medina were wearing motorcycle helmets at the time of the crash.

KKTV has more recent news, including this statement from the police about the cause of the motorcycle accident:

Investigators say Brown was at fault, but no charges have been filed yet. ‘That vehicle failed to observe the motorcycle going southbound and the two collided with each other,’ said Sgt. Rick Hoffmann with the Colorado State Patrol.

CSP says alcohol and drug use are not considered contributing factors in the crash at this time. Failure to yield right-of-way is being investigated as a contributing factor.

Evidently, this is a troubled corner. The intersection of Powers Blvd and Grinnell St in Colorado Springs has been the scene of multiple auto accidents, including another fatal one back in December of 2009. One resident, Joey Behrman, who lives within visibility of the intersection, told KKTV he has seen ten accidents there over the past decade. El Paso County Commissioner Dennis Hisey told KKTV that a stoplight would be installed by September or October.

Sadly, when a collision occurs between a motorcycle and a car it is usually the biker who is most in danger of losing his or her life. Motorists, please be aware of motorcycles around you!

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