A man from Truckee was arrested for a hit-and-run Reno motorcycle accident. The accident happened on Interstate 80 in the vicinity of the Pyramid Hwy on Saturday, October 31. The crash happened when a honda motorcycle was being driven by Jonathan Navarro. Investigators determined that Mr. Navarra was speeding at the time of the Sparks motorbike crash. The accident happened when Mr. Navarro’s motorcycle crashed into a Subaru Impreza. Truckee resident Jose Arellano,19, was driving the Subaru at the time of the crash. After hitting the Subaru, Mr. Navarro was thrown from his motorcycle and the Honda motorcycle crashed. Just after being thrown from his bike, Mr. Navarro was run over by a pickup truck hauling a trailer. Mr. Arellano then fled the scene of the accident. Mr. Navarro was declared deceased at the accident scene.
The Coroner’s Office of Washoe County is working testing Mr. Navarro for alcohol and drug intoxication. Mr. Arellano was later arrested by the Truckee police in the accident. Mr. Arellano was cited for failure to stop at the scene of an accident where someone had died and failure to assist someone who was injured in a car crash.
Motorcycle accidents happen in Reno often. In early October, a motorcycle accident at S. Virginia St. and W. McCarran Ave. A Kia Sportage headed north on S. Virginia, the Sportage hit the motorcycle that was travelling on McCarran headed west. Two individuals were riding the motorcycle at the time of the crash. Another accident happened in the area after the motorcycle crash when two motorists failed to pay attention to the road when distracted by the crash. Police and the coroner’s office have not released as to whether the driver of the Kia or the people riding the motorcycle were injured.
Bike collisions in Northern Nevada, and across the nation, are significantly more deadly than automobile accidents. The driver and passenger on a motorcycle are not protected by the body of an automobile in a crash, in fact modern automobiles have airbags, collapsible steering wheels and even crumple zones that help to protect a car’s occupants. In addition, a rider on a motorcycle does not have a seat belt to prevent him or her from being thrown by the force of the accident. In fact, someone on a motorcycle is 35 times more probable to be be involved in an accident that a passenger vehicle. 88,000 people were hurt in motorcycle accidents in 2006