Man Dies When Motorcycle Collides with Pickup

A motorcycle and a pickup truck collided on U166 on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 leaving one man dead. The accident occurred about four miles east of South Haven, in Summer County.

Curtis Wayne Proffitt, 55, of Wellington was driving his 2006 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle westbound U166 on at approximately 8:16 p.m. Connie Ray Herman, 52, of Fronia, TX, was driving a 2005 Chevy Pickup pulling a 1994 U-Haul trailer.

The vehicles collided when Herman turned left into Proffitt’s vehicle.

Motorcycle accidents are common at intersections because drivers attempt to turn into the intersection, not realizing the motorcycle is there.

Proffitt was pronounced dead at the scene. It is not clear if he was wearing a helmet. Herman, was wearing a seatbelt and sustained no injuries in the collision.

Mr. Proffitt was a member of the American Bikers Association, Kansas Motorcycle Bikers Association, and the American Legion El Dorado Chapter. He is survived by his wife Sandra, six sons and five daughters as well as 68 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Vickie Davis.

If you or someone you know has been involved in a motorcycle accident, either as a driver or passenger, a motorcycle accident injury attorney can offer guidance.

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