Two people died after a vehicle turned in front of a motorcycle on Sunday morning in Lubbock, according to police. The motorcycle wreck occurred around 8 a.m. on 82nd and Akron. Police said that Billy Dan Parker, 69-years-old, was taken to University Medical Center with life threatening injuries and was later pronounced dead at the hospital. Brenda Cox, 63-years-old, was also in the vehicle with Parker and also died from her injuries later in the day.
According to Lubbock Police, Parker was driving a motorcycle eastbound in the left lane of the 2600 block of 82nd Street when 34-year-old Leigh Anne Barnes, driving a 2010 Chevy Malibu, struck the motorcycle. Barnes was trying to pull into a parking lot. Barnes suffered minor injuries.
Information from The Department of Transportation shows that 4,612 motorcyclists died in 2011. This information, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is a two percent increase in rider fatality from 2010.
Information from that same report stated that injuries involving motorcyclists were down in 2011 with 81,000 recorded compared to 82,000 the previous year.
More than 42 percent of motorcyclists in 2011 were killed in two vehicle accidents and 38 percent of those were the result of another vehicle turning left in front of the motorcycle that was either going straight, passing, or overtaking another vehicle.