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Columbia Motorcycle Shop Promotes Safety After Fatal Crash

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COLUMBIA, Missouri (KMIZ)

A Columbia motorcycle store is reminding people of the importance of safety after one of its employees was killed in a crash Tuesday.

Skylar Maddox, 25, was riding his motorbike on Providence Road when police said Susan Hanel, 72, did not give in, causing Maddox to crash into her vehicle in Sexton Road, police said. Hanel reportedly told the police that she was taking methadone and Valium.

Maddox was thrown from his motorcycle and pronounced dead in a hospital. Prosecutors charged Hanel with several crimes, including causing death while driving while impaired. According to the probable cause statement, a witness said Hanel did not turn on any lights when she was driving.

Gilbane Motorsports put a green cross with a motorcycle sprocket and a bright yellow sign on Providence Road where the Maddox crash occurred, reminding riders to watch out for motorcycles while riding. Friends of Maddox at Gilbane Motorsports have said Kawasaki green is Maddox’s favorite color.

Ray Pierce is the Program Manager for the Missouri Motorcycle Safety Program and has been riding motorcycles for 31 years. Pierce said drivers should always be aware of it.

“In cases where I have seen a car turn left or exit in front of a motorcycle. There is often no time for a motorcyclist to do much. So it is hypercritical for the driver to expect see a motorcycle, ”Pierce said.

Pierce added that one way for motorcyclists to stay safe is to wear bright colors. “The other thing motorcyclists can do is wear bright clothing and ride brighter motorcycles,” Pierce said.

According to Drivingtest.org, motorists can take steps to help themselves and motorcyclists stay safe while sharing the road. The number one tip for motorists is to check blind spots.

Drivingtest.org recommends taking the time to scan all blind spots while driving. Motorcycles are smaller than cars and trucks. It can be difficult to spot a motorcyclist during the merger. Motorists should be sure to signal and take a second look before turning left.

Drivingtest.org says taking an extra look at an approaching motorcycle can help prevent fatal injuries. Crashes involving the collision of a left-turning car and an oncoming motorcycle – like the one that killed Maddox – can be very serious, often because the motorcycle stings the car while it is halfway down. left turn path.

Missouri Highway Patrol reports that there were 116 fatal accidents in 2020 involving a motorcycle.