Motorcycles are a popular mode of transportation, but they are inherently more dangerous than passenger vehicles. In 2017, nearly 5,000 people were killed on motorcycles, which has decreased from 2016. However, motorcycle fatalities occur 28 times more often than other passenger vehicles per mile traveled. They have the highest percentage of any other vehicle type (25%) of fatal accidents caused by drivers who are under the influence in 2016.
The Navy Times reports on a sailor who was killed in a motorcycle crash in Jacksonville.
24-year-old Aviation Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Dakota “Kody” Klinkton was riding a motorcycle southbound on US-17 in Jacksonville on February 25th. At about 11:15 p.m., a Jeep Compass headed northbound turned left and moved into Klinkton’s path.
The driver of the Jeep, identified as 31-year-old Daniel L. Crawford had a green light but did not have a green arrow for a left turn.
A week after the accident, Klinkton succumbed to the serious injuries sustained in the accident.
Crawford’s BAC was measured via a breathalyzer and discovered to be 0.117%, over the legal limit of 0.08%. Crawford was initially charged with driving under the influence and driving carelessly. Those charges will be updated now that Klinkton has died from his injuries.
According to the Naval Safety Center, Klinkton was the 12th sailor to die in a motorcycle accident since October 1st.