Earlier this year, Geoff Gilbert, 42, was riding his motorcycle on I-5 on a foggy February day when he collided into the back of a pickup truck. Gilbert, a Chehalis music teacher and the director of the W.F. West High School band, was returning home from a concert in Olympia.
Toxicology reports were just released that indicated the driver of the fatal Washington motorcycle accident was under the influence at the time of the crash. The reports showed that he not only had alcohol in his system, but also found traces of marijuana in his body.
Sadly, Gilbert did not survive the impact of the accident and we hope for the best for his family and friends in this difficult time.
Motorcycles already have the reputation of being dangerous vehicles. Even if this is true, when you pair them with not only alcohol consumption but also marijuana use, you are putting yourself and others in danger. The combination of these factors creates a high possibility for a motor vehicle accident to occur. According to the Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 11,773 people died in alcohol related auto accident in 2008. Please never, under any circumstance drink and drive.