As the weather continues to warm, drivers in Springfield, Missouri and
the surrounding areas can expect to see more and more motorcycles on the
road. At this time of year, we would all do well to use extra caution:
not only are motorcycle riders considerably harder to see than passenger
vehicles, they're also considerably more vulnerable to serious injuries
when auto collisions occur.
Recent Motorcycle Accident Headlines
• Crash near Republic kills one, injures one
The Missouri Highway Patrol reports that 35 year-old Casey Jameson died
on Saturday night after a pickup truck collided with his motorcycle. According
to the crash report, Jameson ran a stop sign on Farm Road 156 near Republic
and his bike was broadsided by the oncoming truck.
Jameson was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger, 34 year-old Sheila
Olmstead, was seriously injured: Olmstead was taken by ambulance to Cox
South in Springfield. The pickup truck driver was not injured. As required
by state law, that driver was tested for alcohol, but police do not believe
that drinking played a role in the crash. Neither Jameson nor Olmstead
were wearing helmets.
Lowell Police Chief In Critical Condition
On Friday night, Arkansas Police Chief Joe Landers suffered critical injuries
in a motorcycle accident in Panama City, where he was attending a bike
rally. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a drunk driver pulled
out in front of Landers' Harley, and the Chief was unable to avoid
a collision. The Harley struck the vehicle, and Landers was ejected over
the bike's handlebars.
The at-fault driver left the scene, but was later located and arrested:
52 year-old Jimmy John Cristo is now facing multiple charges, including
fleeing the scene of a critical injury accident, possession of marijuana,
and possession of drug paraphernalia. Additional charges are pending.
"From speaking to the trooper, the gentleman pretty much confessed
to drinking, confessed to causing the accident, confessed to leaving the
scene," said Sergeant Paul Pillaro.
This evening, several motorcycle groups (including Florida law enforcement
representatives) have planned a ride to honor Landers, who was described
as an expert rider, and who regularly rode a motorcycle for the Lowell
Police Department. Landers was not wearing a helmet at the time of the
crash, although his colleagues say he wore a helmet without exception
when he was on the job. (In Florida, there is no
helmet law for riders over the age of 20.)