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Driver who left crash likely not in trouble

Citizen Staff Writer



Sheriff’s deputies likely will not seek charges against a driver who left the scene of a fatal motorcycle crash Friday, a sheriff’s spokeswoman said.

The driver probably didn’t know the motorcyclist in front of him or her had gone down on the roadway, Deputy Dawn Barkman said.

The motorcycle did not make contact with the other vehicle, Barkman said.

Zachary J. Miller, 22, of Ohio was killed, Barkman said.

Miller was riding west on West Wetmore Road about 6 p.m. when an eastbound driver turned left in front of Miller to head north on North Schafer Street, near North Romero Road, Barkman said.

Miller and his motorcycle went down and he died when he hit the roadway, Barkman said.

Witnesses told deputies Miller was riding at high speed when the wreck happened, Barkman said.

She did not have an estimated speed for the motorcycle.

Miller apparently was wearing a helmet that may have come off in the wreck, she said.

Barkman said there was no way to tell if Miller intentionally laid the moving motorcycle down to avoid a collision or if he lost control.

There was evidence he locked the brakes before the motorcycle went over on its side, Barkman said.

She said the driver who left has not been found and that person “probably didn’t know the motorcycle went down; the motorcycle never made contact with (the vehicle),” Barkman said.

Charges unlikely against driver who left fatal crash

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