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Two Bikers Collide, One Dies, One Is Later Charged With Murder

Motorcycles and murder are an unusual mix. This case led to homicide charges against a biker.

A 20-year-old man was recently charged by police with homicide by vehicle (his motorcycle) by driving while inebriated, and operating a vehicle without the consent of the owner. These are, respectively, a Class B felony and an aggravated misdemeanor in the state of Iowa. Other states would lay their own applicable charges.

According to the police report, biker number one was heading southbound about 10:00 p.m. He came up behind another biker, a 19-year-old young man, and slammed into him. The force of the impact ejected both from their rides. The 19-year-old was killed. The 20-year-old survived, was taken to hospital for treatment and released.

The 20-year-old waived a preliminary hearing and will wait until another court appearance is booked for him. In the meantime, police are attempting to determine if the man was also under the influence of drugs, in addition to alcohol. They also want to determine, through an accident reconstruction, if the man was speeding at the time he rammed into the first biker.

The family of the 19-year-old biker will likely seek the legal counsel of an experienced personal injury lawyer with a demonstrated track record in handling wrongful death lawsuits. There is clear negligence here in that the second biker was allegedly driving while drunk. Additionally, the man was driving the motorcycle without the owner’s permission. There aren’t a whole lot of excuses that would cut it in a case like this one, either with the police or the courts.

Have you been in a motorcycle wreck and have been injured? If you want fair and equitable compensation, and justice to be done, make contact with an Atlanta personal injury attorney. Find one that specializes in motorcycle accidents.

Tim Anderson writes for Atlanta Personal Injury attorney, Stephen M. Ozcomert. The firm specializes in personal injury, malpractice, motorcycle accidents, and wrongful death. To learn more about Atlanta personal injury lawyer, Stephen M. Ozcomert, visit

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