“Always look twice,” caution emphasized after recent motorcycle accidents
Victims and their families talk about the importance of driving with caution after 3 serious motorcycle accidents in the last week.
Since July 30, the city has seen three serious motorcycle accidents, one of them ending fatally.
It seems like a common occurrence in recent weeks, but when taking a look at the numbers, they remain steady.
So far in 2020, there have been 49 motorcycle accidents, 25 of them resulting in injuries and two resulting in death. In 2019, there were 93 total crashes, 64 injuries, and 3 deaths.
One of the deaths this year was 21-year-old Blaine Hendersen. He was killed on March 4.
“My daughter called me back and she’s bawling hysterically and says ‘mom I just want you to be aware, they’re calling this a fatality,” says Brenda Uhing, Blaine’s mother.
She described the moment she saw Blaine in the hospital, where he was brain dead.
“It was a sight that I see every day in my mind, it’s not something any parent wants to see at all.”
Blaine was killed at the intersection of 10th and High streets. In early July, another motorcyclist was hit there too. Fortunately, that biker survived after being given CPR by a bystander.
Uhing says when she heard about the accident at that same location, her heart sank.
“I mean we all drive cars too, but something needs to be done in the sense where people need to be more cautious of their surroundings, they need to stay off their phones.”
This year’s second fatal accident happened on July 30, at Highway 2 and Pioneers. The victim was pronounced dead on the scene. Days later, on August 3, a crash at 33rd and Cornhusker resulted in a motorcyclist sent to a hospital with serious injuries.
“It’s hard to get on a motorcycle because I don’t know whos going to pay attention and who’s not. You don’t know when it’s going to be the last time you get on a motorcycle, that’s the problem,” says Skylar Boecker, an employee at Star City Motor Sports.
Beocker himself, an avid biker, says he too has been hit by a driver who wasn’t paying attention. Beocker has lost friends, including Blaine.
He says that drivers always need to low twice when going through intersections and changing lanes. But he recognizes that bikers, too, need to be cautious.
“Not just cars, bikers need to slow down, pay attention, because they’re not looking for us. That’s just how it is,” he says.
Uhing hopes that by speaking out and sharing her story about her son, others will