The motorcyclist who died on Friday, July 3rd, in Reno, Nevada, has been identified as 40-year-old Sparks resident Cody McDowell. The Washoe County Regional Medical Examiner’s Office revealed the victim’s identity on Monday, July 6th.
According to the accident report released by the Reno Police Department, the victim was riding a motorcycle when he collided with a GMC Yukon on N. Virginia Street at McCarran Boulevard. The medical examiner said that McDowell passed away from his injuries at the scene.
The driver of the GMC remained at the crash site and cooperated with the police. The RPD does not believe that impairment played a role in the accident, and there’s currently no additional information.
In Nevada, an auto-motorcycle accident is not uncommon, and the motorcyclist is more likely to suffer severe or fatal wounds than the driver of a car. The open design of the two-wheeled drive leaves its rider exposed; thus, motorcyclists must ensure they prioritize their safety and that of their passengers.
Under Nevada laws, a motorcyclist and his or her passenger must wear a helmet that meets the standard set by the United States Department of Transportation. Before a person can ride a motorcycle, they must complete a riders course under the Department of Motor Vehicles and obtain a license.
Those below 18 years applying for a license can request an instruction permit for a minimum of 6 months while undergoing the training. Those who successfully get the license will have it for one year and renew it once it expires.
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