SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– The shattered glass, the mangled bike, the whole scene, really, tells a story Abraham Clark doesn’t like to think about.
“I’m hoping to ride but things like this make me a little leery,” he says.
Lately, he can’t help but be reminded.
“This is the second bike incident we’ve had in the last day,” he says.
He’s right. The first was on Wednesday on Highway 65 between Branson and Springfield.
Highway patrol documents say a man driving in the southbound lane, a man who this time last year received a DWI charge, veered across the median, taking out three men on motorcycles.
All four motorists would end up in the hospital one of the motorcyclists would die.
Not 24 hours later, a second biker would die.
Police say 30-year-old Justin Jenson was unable to stop as a car pulled out in front of him on to Kansas Expressway.
Sgt. Jason Pace, with Missouri State Highway Patrol, says it’s a wave that crests this time each year.
In 2016, of more than 2100 motorcycle-involved crashes, 1933 of them resulted in an injury. 121 of them resulted in death.
“Crashes are unforgiving,” he says.
The numbers scary, but they’re not enough to keep people from riding.
“What gets you back on the bike,” we asked Clark.
“Oh, I don’t know. It’s just a cool breeze and clear view,” he says.
Clark hopes they’re at least enough to keep people vigilant this year, as bikes take to the streets.
“I don’t know, it’s scary. And people driving impaired so, I don’t know,” he says.