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Fatal motorcycle accidents up in Tucson

TUCSON – Recent statistics from the Tucson Police Department show both fatal pedestrian and vehicle accidents are down so far, compared to this time last year, but motorcyclist deaths are up.

So far in 2019, there have been five fatal motorcycle accidents. This time last year, there was one.

The latest fatal crash happened Saturday near West Valencia Road and South Missiondale Road. Authorities say the rider, who was wearing a helmet, was going through the intersection when a car made a left turn in front of him. Speed and impairment are not considered to be factors.

“It’s a sport that’s just super dangerous,” said Missy Blair, Program Manager for Pima Community College’s motorcycle rider training program. “We’ve actually had members of our team killed. So it does affect us.”

While every accident is different, Blair said training could mean the difference between life and death in dangerous situation.

“[The] message for the car drivers has been really well stated already, but doesn’t seem to be helping. So let’s change it to what we can do as riders,” she said. “There are times when I still hear those coaches and things that I’ve said that have helped me when I’m out there.”

For more information on PCC’s training program, click here.

For more information on potential scholarships for the program, click here.


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