Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Motorcyclist Crashes, Dies during Competition

A motorcyclist who entered a competition at the Sonoma’s Infineon Raceway ended up dead after he crashed into two motorcycles.

Reports stated that Augustine Alves, 51, from Hanford, sustained fatal injuries while he was participating in the West Coast Motor Jam, which is a three-day event watched by around 2,500 people.

According to an Infineon spokesman, the motorcyclist was about to finish making the second turn of the opening lap in the event’s 500 Support race when he suddenly crashed into two other motorcycles that were moving along the dirt track.

The two motorcyclists survived the incident when they crashed into the hay bales, which greatly helped in breaking their fall. However, Alves who was struck by their motorcycles, suffered serious injuries.

Alves was rushed to a hospital, where he was announced dead after some time.

Speeding is likely the reason why Alves was killed in the incident. Driving in excessive speed may have prevented him from immediately seeing possible dangers and avoiding the two motorcyclists.