Motorcycle accident claims life of 21-year-old man

Motorcycle accident claims life of 21-year-old man (Image 1)

A 21-year-old man was killed in a motorcycle accident in Bellevue early Thursday evening.  

The incident was reported just after 5:30 p.m. in the 400 block of Old Hickory Boulevard.

According to police, Ryan Loomis collided with a pickup truck that was in the center lane of the roadway preparing to turn into an apartment complex.

Authorities believe the motorcyclist was in the center turn lane in an attempt to pass traffic.

Loomis was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the pickup truck was not injured.

Thursday's fatal crash marks the forth deadly motorcycle accident since Sunday night.

Earlier on Thursday, Mini Zaki was killed while traveling on Briley Parkway.

Authorities said the 20-year-old lost control and was ejected from the motorcycle. Police believe speed played a factor in the fatal crash.

On Wednesday morning, 35-year-old Bradley Collier was killed after he collided with the rear end of a box truck on Woodlawn Drive at Compton Road.

Motorcyclist Mary Johnson, 39, was killed on Sunday night when she collided with a Jeep Cherokee on Lickton Pike.

“Anytime we lose lives, it's a grave concern to the police department. The only thing we can do is
continue to urge motorists and riders to be as cautious as possible because it really makes a difference,” said Capt. Gary Goodwin with the Metro Police Department.

Nashville's News 2 spoke with Ray Ashworth of Bost Harley in West Nashville who in addition to selling bikes,  teaches motorcycle safety.

“Some people buy motorcycles and they think they're buying a toy and it's not a toy,” said Ashworth. “We've got to do something to let people get their head around just how powerful and what a risk riding and especially riding foolishly can be.”

As more drivers are on the street with the warmer weather, drivers are urged to take precautions.

“Motorcycling is definitely a skill of the eyes and the mind more than it is of the hands and feet,” Ashworth told Nashville's News 2.

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation also reminds all motorcyclists to be visible on the roadways, as well as dress for safety by wearing a helmet and bright colored clothing.

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