Nebraska Motorcycle Accident Claims Life of Teen
Posted on August 17, 2016
A teenager was about to start her senior year at Millard Public School in Waterloo, Nebraska, but her life was cut short by a crash involving a motorcycle and a semi-truck. The collision took place on Tuesday, August 9, the night before the first day of school, in the vicinity of 264th Street and West Center Road in western Douglas County.
The victim in the fatal motorcycle accident was 18-year-old Madeline Fitzpatrick, who was described by a friend as a nice person, outgoing, and someone who defended other people.
The motorcycle accident is currently under investigation by law enforcement. Police have revealed that Madeline was riding on the back of the motorcycle. The motorcyclist was 36-year-old Jason Matthews, whose condition was reported as critical at Nebraska Medicine. Meanwhile, the driver of the truck, 47-year-old Michael Green, did not suffer any injuries in the motorcycle crash.
According Matthews’ friends, he is involved in a relationship with Madeline’s mother. He and Madeline both reportedly had a passion for motorcycles. Madeline’s friend, Nick Harris, said she enjoyed riding dirt bikes and four-wheelers, as well as drag racing. Another friend, Molly Bower, said that she was constantly smiling and laughing and would always light up a room. She is being remembered as someone who was able to bring out the best qualities in others.
While the cause of the motorcycle accident is under investigation, it is possible that the truck driver did not see the motorcycle, as is often the case. Due to the narrow profiles of most motorcycles, motorists frequently do not notice them on the road.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident because of the negligence of another motorist, call the motorcycle accident attorneys at Proner and Proner. You may be able to recover such damages as medical expenses, lost earnings, and pain and suffering.