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Attempt to evade authorities leads to fatal Mo. motorcycle crash

When motorists in Missouri see the flashing lights of an emergency vehicle, the best thing to do in the interest of everybody's safety, including that of the motorist, is to pull over to the side of the road. A motorcyclist in Springfield who allegedly attempted to evade authorities who tried to pull him over for speeding is now dead after a collision with a car. 

The collision happened at the intersection of Main Avenue and Chestnut Expressway in Springfield. The driver of the vehicle sustained no injuries in the crash when the motorcyclist allegedly sped into the intersection, running a red light, and struck the vehicle. Part of the motorcycle became pinned under the car as the motorcyclist died at the scene.

According to reports, a law enforcement officer attempted to pull over the motorcyclist upon observing him speeding. Instead of pulling over, the motorcyclist allegedly sped up in an apparent attempt to evade the authorities. Due to an inability of the law enforcement vehicle to follow the motorcycle, the officer abandoned the pursuit and turned off his lights. Further down the road, other officers near the intersection observed the motorcycle speeding.

It is unclear why the motorcyclist, a 36-year-old man from Battlefield, allegedly attempted to evade authorities, although law enforcement initially speculated that he may have stolen the motorcycle. It is also unknown whether alcohol or drugs were a factor in the accident. 

This accident illustrates once again the vulnerability of motorcyclists in a collision compared with the drivers of cars and other vehicles. In this case, the actions of the motorcyclist were questionable, but even motorcyclists in compliance with the law may face injury or death in an accident. Those affected by a motorcycle accident may find it helpful to consult an attorney.

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