MEMPHIS, TN (AP) - A 28-year-old biker is in extremely critical condition, and not expected to survive, according to a family member. Police say a 19-year-old driver made an illegal left turn in front of Richard Deaton of Millington Sunday on Highway 51.
According to a police report, the impact of the two vehicles was so great that the 1989 Chevy Beretta that Deaton slammed into, flipped over onto its top. Jamie Fore Jr., 19, is charged with failure to yield right of way resulting in injury or death.
Deaton was riding a 2012 Harley Davidson Street Glide. The family member tells me he loved to ride, but had recently stopped riding to work because he felt the traffic during drive times was too dangerous. He had the day off on Sunday and decided to enjoy the beautiful Mid-South weather by riding with a group of friends. After a day of riding, he was heading home, but he didn't make it.
The crash happened just after 10 o'clock Sunday night at Thomas (Highway 51) and North Watkins. Deaton was going northbound on 51, the car southbound. Both had a green light, but the car was attempting to make a left turn. According to the police report the driver says he just didn't see the bike and "didn't know where it came from."
We've already had a lot of bad crashes in the Mid-South and the riding season has just begun. Please watch out for motorcycles and bikers, ride safe.
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Chris Best is the Assistant News Director for WMC Action News 5. He's a husband and father of four, He's also a motorcycle enthusiast.