Update: Police ID man killed in Springville motorcycle accident

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SPRINGVILLE, Utah, March 24, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — Springville police have identified the victim of a fatal motorcycle accident that occurred late Friday night on a rain-slicked roadway.

The deceased is Ricky Giles, 21, who was pronounced dead at the scene, Springville Police officials said.

Lt. Warren Foster, Springville Police Department, told Gephardt Daily the accident took place at about 11 p.m. as a motorcyclist was heading north on Old South Main Street approaching the intersection at U.S. Highway 89.

A small compact car, southbound on Highway 89, was making a right-hand turn onto Old South Main.

“The driver of the car made a totally proper right-hand turn,” Foster said. “They saw the motorcycle coming at them.”

The motorcyclist laid down the bike on the road and slid into the car.

“He continued sliding after the impact with the vehicle, and the motorcycle kept going farther,” Foster said.

The victim was wearing a helmet, Foster said.

“He was wearing protective gear,” Foster said. “He was wearing a helmet and protective jacket, boots — but he died on scene.”

Foster said the speed the motorcycle was traveling isn’t yet known, and the accident could be “potentially weather-related.”

The female driver of the car and her female passenger were “very cooperative and helpful,” Foster said. He added that he was glad officers called the women’s family members to come pick them up because the women were so shaken by the incident.


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