71-year-old woman charged in fatal Craig motorcycle accident
The 71-year-old woman who hit a motorcyclist Monday night was charged with careless driving causing a death, making an improper left turn and failing to yield the right of way when proceeding from a stop sign, according to a news release from Craig Police Department.
At 6 p.m. on Monday, Michael Farnsworth, 69, was driving his Harley Davidson when Jane King, 71, struck him with her Subaru.
Farnsworth was not wearing a helmet.
The accident took place at Fourth Avenue West and West Victory Way.
“It was a car-motorcycle crash. The male rider on the motorcycle was killed,” Craig Police Cmdr. Bill Leonard said.
According to news release from Craig Police Department, Farnsworth was headed west on Victory Way when he collided with a 2007 Subaru Legacy turning left from Fourth Avenue West to head east on Victory Way.
Farnsworth hit the front corner of the Subaru, which was in westbound lanes on Victory Way.
“After impact, the driver of the motorcycle was ejected from the motorcycle and both the motorcycle and the rider slid westbound and came to rest in the center median of Victory Way,” the police department new release stated.
The Subaru was driven by Jane King, 71, of Craig. She was not injured in the accident.
Leonard said the accident is still under investigation but he did not believe alcohol or drugs were involved.
Isaiah Farnsworth, the victim’s son, called the Craig Daily Press on Tuesday and said his father was flown to St. Mary’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Grand Junction where he passed away three hours after he arrived at the hospital.
Local police are working with Colorado State Patrol to complete the investigation.
According to preliminary data from the Colorado Department of Transportation, Motorcyclist fatalities surpassed the triple digit mark for the first time ever in Colorado, tallying 106 deaths in 2015. This figure represents an 11.7 percent increase from 2014 and 20 percent increase from 2013.
Contact Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or Contact Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or pkelly@CraigDailyPress.com or follow him on Twitter @M_PKelly.Contact Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or pkelly@CraigDailyPress.com or follow him on Twitter @M_PKelly.
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