Fatal Motorcycle Accident In Naperville Involved Motorist Drug Use

In the September 11, 2017 post titled “Naperville SUV-Motorcycle Collision Leads To Death Of Rider” a September 9, 2017 motorcycle accident in Naperville was summarized.  The accident happened at 75th Street and Plainfield-Naperville Road.  As seen in that  post, the accident injuries led to the death of Calabria M. Taber, 21, of Maple Park.

As seen in many Illinois accidents, the accident involved a motorist attempting to make a left-hand turn immediately in front of an oncoming motorcycle.  The motorist was ticketed for failure to yield turning left.

Subsequent information has been made public with regard to the circumstances regarding the crash.

As discussed in various media sources, including the December 12, 2017 Naperville Sun article titled “Teen had meth in his system at time of fatal Naperville crash, prosecutors say” as well as the December 13 Naperville Patch article titled “Meth Was In Teen’s System During Fatal Crash:  Prosecutors,” the 17-year-old male driver of the SUV that struck the motorcycle allegedly had meth in his system.  He has been charged with two counts of aggravated DUI resulting in death.

Motorists who drive under the influence of drugs pose a large risk to motorcyclists for various reasons.  One of these reasons is that such drug-impaired motorists may have an even harder time “seeing” and properly driving around motorcycles.

The issue of impaired motorists and the hazard such drivers pose to other motorists and other road users – such as bicyclists and motorcyclists – is further discussed on the “Vehicle Accidents Involving Drivers Under The Influence Of Drugs” page.  Various aspects involving drivers who are impaired by drug use are discussed, and the hazards that such drivers pose both to themselves as well as others.  Statistics concerning the increasing number of such accidents, as well as the drugs that are typically used by impaired motorists, are discussed.  As well, it is noted that drivers who mix drugs, or use alcohol in combination with drugs, are likely to be even more impaired while driving.

Additional details concerning this drug-impaired driving issue as it concerns motorcyclists can be seen in the sources mentioned above.

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