Motorcyclist Killed in Crash in Huntsville, Alabama on December 30, 2018
HUNTSVILLE, AL. – A motorcyclist was killed December 30 in an accident with a car in Huntsville, Alabama, according to an online news report from waff.com. Preliminary investigation indicates the driver of the car was at fault.*
On the morning of December 30, Jeffrey Daniel Stacey (age and city not reported), was riding a 2005 Yamaha V-Star motorcycle eastbound on University Drive in Huntsville. At the intersection with Meadow Drive, a car attempted to bypass a traffic light and cut through the Title Pawn parking lot. The driver of the car then failed to yield in entering University Drive. Stacey’s motorcycle crashed into the car in a T-Bone collision.
Stacey died at the scene. The driver of the car, who has not been identified, suffered minor injuries and was transported to Huntsville Hospital for treatment. She has since been released.
Authorities are performing a toxicology analysis on the driver and have reported that speed and alcohol are suspected factors in the crash. An investigation is ongoing.
In 2017, the rate of drunk driving fatalities in the United States was 3.3 per 100,000 population, according to a report from responsibility.org. This figure represents a 64 percent decline since 1982, when record-keeping first began. It also represents a 47 percent decrease since 1991, when The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility was founded.
While the decreases are indicative of progress in the fight against drunk driving, more work needs to be done. Drunk driving accidents still accounted for almost 30 percent of all traffic fatalities in the United States in 2017. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that more than 10,874 people died in 2017 in alcohol-related crashes. Sixty-seven percent of those crashes involved drivers with BACs of .15 or greater (nearly double the legal limit).
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