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Opelika Man Dies in Tragic, Two-Vehicle Accident on Interstate 85 in Auburn

July 31, 2019

OPELIKA, AL – According to an online news report at, a two-vehicle accident occurred over the weekend that tragically caused the death of a man from Opelika.*

A man from Opelika died in two-vehicle accident that occurred over the weekend.  The 39-year-old man died when the motorcycle he was riding was hit by an automobile on Interstate 85 located southbound of Auburn.

The accident is still under investigation in order to determine the cause.  It is believed that the motorcyclist died upon impact and that a number of vehicles struck the man prior to when traffic stopped as a result of the accident.

The Lee County coroner pronounced the motorcyclist dead at the scene of the accident over the weekend.  He passed away from numerous blunt force impact injuries. The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.   There were no other injuries reported in the accident.  

Troopers from the Alabama State Police are currently conducting an investigation of the accident.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 80% of all motorcycle accidents involve injuries and sometimes death. 

There are several ways in which a motorcyclist can stay safe and avoid accidents.  These are as follows:

  • Wear protective gear.  Wear long pants and sleeves made of leather or another thick fabric.  In addition, it is important that you wear gloves, eye protection and boots that cover your ankles.  
  • Be as visible as possible.  Wear bright colors and add reflective elements to your motorcycle and your clothing. Regardless of whether it is day or night, use your headlight.  Also be sure to ride in a lane where you are most visible to other drivers.  
  • Wear a helmet. Wear a full-faced Department of Transportation-approved helmet when biking.  Pick a helmet that is bright colored for maximum visibility.  If you fail to wear a helmet, you are more likely to sustain a traumatic brain injury following a crash.
  • Do not drink and speed.  Over 40% of motorcyclists who perish in single-vehicle accidents are impaired by alcohol or drugs.  Speed is also a factor in these types of accident.  So, drive sober and do not speed so you can arrive safely at your destination.

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