Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 8:23 pm
The Messenger, May 29, 2012
A motorcyclist was injured Saturday in Union City when his vehicle hit a minivan.
Timmy Clay Smith, 47, of 843 Robert Woods Road, Hornbeak, was transported to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City by ambulance for his injuries, which included road rash down the side of his left arm and his right arm and hand.
According to the report at the Union City Police Department, Smith was traveling eastbound on West Reelfoot Avenue near the 1700 block in the right lane and was going to change lanes into the left lane. He told police he looked for traffic in the left lane and did not see any and then turned on his turn signal and started changing lanes and the left side handlebar struck the right side rear of the minivan. Smith’s motorcycle was knocked over into the left side and he was knocked to the ground.
Daniel Ray Jaques, 37, of 709 North 15th Ave., Paragould, Ark., told police he was eastbound on West Reelfoot in the left lane when he felt something hit his vehicle. He said when he looked up, he saw the driver of the motorcycle “tumbling down the road.”
The report states it appears the motorcycle slid 65 feet after its initial impact on the roadway before coming to a rest. Smith was sitting on the roadway about 10 feet from the motorcycle when the officer arrived. The front of his helmet was scraped up and around the left side and there were scrape marks on the right side.
Smith was cited for improper lane change.