On Tuesday night, two people were injured in a crash involving a motorcycle in Transylvania County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at Crab Creek Road and Cascade Lake road, near the Little River Baptist Church, at about 9:00 p.m. Very few details about this wreck have been released, but we do know that there was a car and a motorcycle involved.
On Saturday afternoon, there was a crash involving a motorcycle and a car near Soco Gap. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at milepost 455 sometime around 3:00 p.m. For currently unknown reasons, a motorcycle and a car collided on the roadway. Very few details have been released about this crash, but we do know that at least one person was airlifted to Mission Hospital and another person was transported to Haywood Regional Hospital.
Last Wednesday, there was a fatal motorcycle crash in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at about 1:00 p.m., just west of Sinks, on Little River Road. At this time, very few details have been released, but we do know that the wreck involved a Toyota Tundra truck and a motorcycle. The motorcycle rider, 68-year-old Thomas B. Bailey of Meadows of Dan, Virginia, was killed in the crash.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is spreading the word about motorcycle safety this month. May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and officials with the NHTSA are calling on drivers and motorcyclists to share the responsibility for roadway safety. Motorcycle riders are one of the most vulnerable groups of roadway users. They don't have seat belts or protective steel cages to rely on in the event of a crash. At best, they have helmets, jackets, gloves, boots and vests, but that gear can only do so much in a severe or catastrophic accident. While they can certainly improve personal safety through the use of the above-mentioned protective gear, motorcycle riders are truly at the mercy of other drivers and motorists on the roadways. The NHTSA is calling on drivers and other roadway users to "Share the Road" with motorcyclists this month and all yearlong.
On Saturday night, a hit-and-run driver struck a motorcyclist and his passenger in Buncombe County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Hendersonville Road. Chris and Andrea Gomiller, from Arden, were riding their motorcycle when they when a car drove onto their bike without warning. As Andrea was injured beside the motorcycle, Chris jumped onto the fleeing vehicle in attempts to stop the hit-and-run driver. He fell off the car, but thankfully the driver was later apprehended.
In the early morning hours on Saturday, a motorcyclist from Ashville was killed in a crash on Taft Avenue. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened just before 2:00 a.m. The rider, 41-year-old Charles Thomas Miller, was on a 2014 Kawasaki Ninja at the time of the wreck.