North Carolina Motorcycle Accident on Charlotte Motor Speedway Kills 2, Injures 1

April 4, 2012, by Michael A. DeMayo

Police are still trying to determine what happened to cause a fatal North Carolina motorcycle accident to occur on the Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday. Over 60,000 people had gathered for the Veterans Homecoming Celebration when, about 30-minutes after the festivities ended, two bikes collided, killing 66-year-old Alan Mokus and 71-year-old Thomas Hollingworth. Both men were Vietnam veterans. Also injured in the collision was Mokus’s wife Deoborah, 56, who is still in the hospital recovering from a head injury and broken bones.

Concord, North Carolina police have said that the two motorcyclists were coming from opposite directions and going at about 50 mph when they were involved in a head-on crash. Alcohol may have been a factor in this Cabarrus County motorcycle accident but this has not yet been confirmed.

According to The Charlotte Observer, Speedway spokesperson Scott Cooper said that based on an initial review, it looks as if the proper safety procedures related to motorcycle procession exit and entry were implemented. Organizers are said to have worked hard to set up safety guidelines for riders, who were told to stay on the speedway’s apron and not go over 35mph. Over 2,000 motorcyclists are believed to have participated in the procession. Vendors that the speedway had contracted were selling beer at the event.

However, according to some witnesses, after the actual procession, a lot of riders went on the track and they were riding from both directions. One experienced motorcyclist, who didn’t see the Concord motorcycle accident but had participated in the event, is quoted in the Gainesvile Times as saying that there was dangerous activity going on throughout the day. He reported that some riders took unnecessary risks, including going along a steep, banked turn close to the speedway’s big high-definition television screen. He also said that there were times when it was hard to get through the two-way traffic along the speedway, which has unmarked lanes. Also, there were riders without helmets.

North Carolina Motorcycle Accidents

Our Charlotte, North Carolina motorcycle accident lawyers represent victims and their families injured in the state and in South Carolina. We are here to help our clients obtain financial compensation from the parties responsible for the harm that they suffered.

The liable party may be a negligent driver and/or another party. For instance, in this deadly collision, did the Charlotte Motor Speedway do enough to make sure that the riders would be safe? Was there adequate supervision? Were participants instructed on how to go through the speedway safely? Did supervision stop after the procession? Did anyone make sure that riders hadn’t been drinking especially as beer was being sold at the event? Also, were both motorcyclists at fault.

Alto Man Dies in NC Speedway Crash, Gainesville Times, April 3, 2012

Police: Motorcyclist had been drinking before speedway wreck, Charlotte Observer, April 4, 2012

Charlotte Motor Speedway

More Blog Posts:

Raleigh motorcyclist dies following North Carolina injury accident, North Carolina Injury Lawyer Blog, November 3, 2012

Charlotte, North Carolina Accident Claims the Life of Man who was Pushed into the Street During Bar Brawl, March 5, 2012

Charlotte, North Carolina Injury Attorney Michael A. DeMayo is a Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, North Carolina Injury Lawyer Blog, August 10, 2010

 

 

 
 

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