Traffic on North Union Boulevard slowed to a crawl following a motorcycle accident that had police searching for the man who left his female passenger behind. Around 4 am on Friday, June 23, a white Harley Davidson hit the center median, crossed southbound traffic lanes and collided with a guardrail.
Reports differ on what happened next. The Colorado Springs Police Department blotter says that the rider fled the scene of the accident and witnesses took his injured passenger to the hospital for her injuries. KRDO.com reports that both riders were taken to the hospital and the rider fled from there.
In either case, police eventually caught up with Richard Eddie Applegate, 47, and charged him with a felony count of an accident involving death or injury, and failing to report an accident.
At the time of the accident, police suspected that the bike may not have been suitable for more than one driver because it did not have any foot pegs. According to Colorado law, motorcycles must have seats and footrests to accommodate an extra rider.
We can learn two valuable lessons from this motorcycle accident.
- Make sure your bike is properly outfitted to carry passengers with an extra seat and footrests
- Never leave the scene of the accident early. Whether Applegate left at the accident scene or later at the hospital, it added an extra charge to his record.
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