SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB)– A rider and his motorcycle was pinned underneath a parked car this morning after police say a high rate of speed contributed to his crash.
Dennis Leger with the Springfield fire department described the scene.
“The driver of the motorcycle went under the car and the car came back down on him and was pinned by the rear tire of the car underneath him.”
The rider, David Garcia, is currently in the hospital with massive internal injuries. He was ticketed for having a revoked license.
This latest incident is just one of a handful of motorcycle crashes that have happened in the past month around the area, some involving speed.
Leger said, “Speeding and passing on the right are the two biggest factors involving accidents.”
Ron Guertin, president of Quaboag Riders Motorcycle Club, teaches safety classes and said you have to be careful.
“There’s places to have fun and ride fast and there’s places where you have to really be on top of your game.”
And riding in high traffic areas like a city, a biker has to be even more careful.
Ron explained, “You can’t slow down as fast. When you’re going 60 or 80 miles an hour. It’s hard to slow down. You really need to be cautious in the city. You really need to be cautious out there, at all times but especially in the city.”
Cars and trucks are called “cages” by bikers when they’re out riding on the road next to them. Why? The bigger vehicles protect their drivers whereas the motorcycle rider isn’t protected.
“The biggest advice I can give is pay attention. Pay attention to what you’re doing, pay attention to your surroundings. You have to ride defensively as well because people don’t see you. They don’t look out for you and you wind up becoming an accident, a statistic,” says Ron.
Wearing a helmet isn’t the only way to stay safe either. It’s also important to stay alert to stay alive.
“What’s a shame about it is, the families that have to suffer and get along after they lose a loved one.”
And that’s a lesson bikers don’t want to learn.