A St. George, Utah man died on Monday, June 6, 2011 after a motorcycle accident on Colorado Highway 141.
Patrick J. Mungari, 74, had been traveling north with 11 other riders when he veered to the right while trying to negotiate a downgrade curve to the left. Mungari’s motorcycle went airborne over a steep ravine and crashed into an embankment where Mungari was ejected from his vehicle.
None of the other riders in Mungari’s group went off the road or were injured at that time.
The crash occurred approximately six miles south of Whitewater at about 11:47 a.m. Mungari was wearing a helmet but died at the scene.
The accident is still under investigation but police suspect excessive speed as a factor.
Motorcycle fatalities are on the rise in Colorado. In 2010, nearly one in five traffic fatalities were motorcyclists. Of the 82 motorcycle fatalities that occurred in 2010, 70 percent occurred with individuals aged 40 and over. Nearly two-thirds of the riders killed were not wearing helmets or were wearing them incorrectly.
If you or someone you know has been in a motorcycle accident, or has sustained an injury, a motorcycle accident attorney can offer guidance.