On Sunday at around 2 PM, David Fenton was killed while riding his motorcycle. The former Tukwila City Councilperson was racing down West Marginal Way Southwest at the time. The car that Fenton was racing, a black vehicle with a rear spoiler, left the scene quickly after the motorcycle rider hit his head on a light pole. It is still unclear what the exact circumstances of the accident, if Fenton was driven off the road by the car or if it was a miscalculation on his part. The accident killed Fenton instantly. The investigation into the incident is ongoing, and the driver of the car involved has not yet been found.
This accident is tragic, even more so because it was completely avoidable. Speeding is dangerous in any case, but on a motorcycle, without the protection a standard vehicle provides, the threat to your personal safety goes even higher. Unfortunately, as a Seattle personal injury attorney, I see all too often how invincible some drivers think they are whether they are in a car or on a bike. The truth is, driving is unpredictable. You have to be able to react to other drivers and hazards that may appear on the road as they drive. When you speed you lose valuable seconds that may mean the difference between life and death for you or someone else. Taking risks may work for you most of the time, but it only takes on bad day to turn deadly.