Motorcycle Crash Victim Dies

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RENO, NV - A motorcyclist critically hurt in a crash on Interstate 80 has died.

The Nevada Highway Patrol says Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 59-year-old Kevin J. Ness of Oakland was thrown from his black Victory Vision motorcycle after his bike was struck by a vehicle on eastbound 80 near the Wells Avenue interchange.

According to the NHP, the chain of events happened around 12:20 pm when the driver of a silver-blue Toyota Camry swerved to avoid a collision with the vehicle ahead that allegedly had slowed for congested traffic. The driver didn't see the white PT Cruiser in the adjacent lane, causing the two vehicles to collide. One of the vehicles then hit the motorcycle ridden by Ness.

The crash resulted in the closure of several eastbound lanes of the freeway while troopers completed their on-scene portion of the investigation. Once the comprehensive fatality crash report is completed, any and all criminal charges will be recommended to the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office for review.

NHP says: "As a safety reminder, motorists should always focus on their driving at all times. By minimizing distractions, observing slower or congested traffic ahead, to making sure that all lane changes are completed safely and with proper signaling and notice will greatly reduce the chance of an unplanned event while driving."

Trooper Doug Farris is investigating this crash. Witnesses or anyone with additional information about this event are encouraged to contact him at (775) 689-4614 or regarding case number NHP-140702711.

Photo courtesy NHP
Photo courtesy NHP
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