Man Dies In Motorcycle Accident With Elderly Driver

Mesa, Arizona was the site this month of a deadly motorcycle accident between a 31-year-old man on his 2009 custom motorcycle and an 83-year-old woman in her automobile.

Jeremiah Begay was struck by a vehicle while travelling westbound on 8th Street in the curb lane. Ida Jo Bufford, driving her 1999 Honda Civic, turned off eastbound 8th Street onto northbound Date, which brought her directly into the path of Begay.

The collision threw Begay approximately 40 feet, causing extensive injuries and severe head trauma. Emergency crews transported him to Scottsdale Memorial Hospital, but his condition never improved. He was later pronounced dead.

The elderly Bufford’s injuries were minor, and emergency crews took her to Arizona Regional Hospital.

According to police, neither impairment nor speed was a factor in the accident.

The question over what rules should apply to elderly drivers continues to be raised, and it will be up to lawmakers to determine if mandatory testing should be done after a certain age to guarantee driving ability in the older population.

For any driver, it is vital to stay aware and double-check for motorcycle riders, and riders should never take for granted that motorists see them. It could be a deadly assumption.

The Metier Law Firm, LLC – Denver injury lawyers

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  1. Motorcycle Racer Valerie Thompson to Pilot North American Eagle™
    SPANAWAY, WA – The North American Eagle™ (NAE) team in Spanaway, WA is joining forces with 2X motorcycle land-speed record holder Valerie Thompson. “I feel truly blessed to be given this opportunity, it’s something I have dreamed about since competing at my first land speed racing event in Bonneville. Since the team is based in my home state of Washington, I feel like I’m going back to where it all started,” says Valerie Thompson.
    Thompson grew up in Tacoma, WA and now lives in Scottsdale, AZ. She’s set to pilot the North American Eagle™ and pursue another prestigious record. “We’re expecting Valerie to set a new record as the world’s fastest female racer when she eclipses Kitty O’Neal’s 1972 record of 512 mph,” says NAE Driver/Project Manager Ed Shadle. Test runs begin this summer.
    Thompson and the NAE will be a powerful force. The NAE is a 50,000 horsepower converted F-104 Lockheed Star Fighter jet, once flown by the most famous test pilots of the 50’s and 60’s. This jet-powered car is designed to travel over 800 mph. Thompson is a Team Owner/Pro Motorcycle driver who has competed in the All Harley Drag Racing Association (AHDRA) and the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), drag racing’s largest and most elite series. Shadle adds, “Valerie has demonstrated her skill as a land-speed racer by setting records at the Bonneville Salt Flats and campaigned her own Pro Stock motorcycle in NHRA events.” Thompson replaces motorcycle racer Leslie Porterfield who stepped down due to health issues.
    The NAE team also strives to eventually beat the world land speed record, which the U.K. has held for 15 years, after successfully running a jet-powered car at 763 mph. The NAE team, which includes American and Canadian engineers and former military personnel, says it’s time to bring the record back to North America.
    To request an interview with Valerie Thompson, contact Eric Studer, 214-676-3860. Photos and video of Valerie Thompson are available at:
    To meet the North American Eagle™ team and tour the jet-car hangar, contact: Susan West, 206-818-6945. Photos and video available at:

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