SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The warmer weather means more motorcyclists on Ozarks roads.
“It’s been a long winter, bikes have been put away, so drivers gotta get used to seeing motorcycles, seeing more motorcycles being out on the streets,” said Brian Stehle, the Operations Manager at Denny’s Harley Davidson in Springfield.
Stehle loves being a part of the motorcycle community. As a rider, he knows how dangerous The roads can be when warmer weather breaks through winter’s freezing temperatures, sending more bikers onto the streets.
Southwest Missouri has seen two accidents over the past two days that left bikers dead. On U.S. 65 near Saddlebrook Wednesday, troopers say a car crossed over the median into the opposite lanes, injuring two motorcyclists and killing 1.
Then, Thursday afternoon in Springfield, Investigators say a car pulled in front of a motorcyclist near Kansas and Division. Police say the motorcycle crashed into that car, catching on fire, and killing the man riding it, Justin Jensen, 30, of Springfield.
“Realize that motorcyclists are a much smaller profile than a regular car, said Springfield Police Department’s Lt. Robert Byrne. “Make sure you’re very attentive. Stay of your cell phone especially at busy intersections busy roadways. Pay extra attention to the roadway. Make sure that the roadway is truly clear before you travel or enter into it.”
“There’s a lot of variables when it comes to any certain situation,” Stehle said. “You try to be defensive, it’s really not even a split second you have to make that decision as to what you’re exit strategy is going to be. All we ask is that you take the time to look out for us.”