Man Dead After Motorcycle Crash

MONTOUR TOWNSHIP — Authorities confirm a motorcyclist heading east on Route 11 near Bloomsburg died after an SUV pulled out into the path of the bike Tuesday evening.

The Columbia County coroner told Newswatch 16 the biker died at the scene.

The coroner identified the victim as Kirk Williams, 55, of Millville.

Police said the driver of the SUV had to be taken to the hospital.

Emergency crews had to shut down Route 11 near Bloomsburg for more than four hours.

It re-opened to traffic just before 10 p.m. Tuesday.

29 comments

  • Sterling Archer

    The woman was in her late 70′s pulled out of a parking lot without looking. He didn’t have enough time to react. There was nothing he could have done to prevent it.

    • deez nutz

      If you would follow the posts, you would know that the biker had a helmet on and was not at fault. I’d like to know if the SUV driver was using her phone at the time. All cell phone usage by drivers should be banned in the USA.

    • David Critzer

      What does helmet have to do with it?????????? A cager was prolly textin or talkin on phone…… an famous words of cagers… “I DIDNT SEE HIM” !!!!!!!

  • jr

    my dad drove a motorcycle when I was younger he always wore a helmant it protects your head but not the rest of your body and one day a drive backed up into him and left him for dead it was his helmant that protected him but he was burned on his leg I was 7 at the time the police came and called my mom to pick him up from the hospital …. please when your out driving look out for the other guy not all drivers drive poorly and as for that elderly woman she made a mistake she is not perfect we all make mistakes age is not always the problem and most families today are too wrapped up in their busy lives to help out their elderly it so sad but true I was a nurses aide for 10 years and you would be surprised as to how many loved ones don’t get a visit from their family so most of them try to be independent for as long as they can be … I pray for both families involved that they can heal their hurt through all of this

  • mdog

    Jen i said:
    Always leave yourself an out, if everyone did the speed limit
    we would have 75% less accidents.
    i merely have given advice and i accuse no one of any thing.
    Drivers need to read the road and expect the foreseen
    is possible. On wyo. Ave once i did just that and saved a kid
    on a bike who shot out right in front of me.5 mph more and he would
    badly hurt or killed. i LOCKED UP MY TIRES and had about 3” left.
    Elderly are out there on the road as much as texting teens are, ALWAYS be prepared And leave yourself an out.
    Animals also get killed by people who drive over the speed limit.
    30+ years of driving iv’e never killed a cat or a dog and actually
    saved a few due to my safe driving. Buy the way i dont ride bike any more
    but most of my buddies do.This is a terrible thing happened here God Bless all Affected.

  • JAC

    First of all, I have a lot of friends that ride motorcycles, but the signs that say “watch for motorcycles” irks me, shouldn’t we watch out for each other ALL THE TIME?!?! Secondly, I have seen a lot of irresponsible motorcycle riders that give others a bad name…weaving in and out of traffic, driving at high speeds, driving between two lanes of traffic, driving on the berm of the road when traffic is backed up, parking in non-parking spaces, etc. We all should have mutual respect for each other on the road, it doesn’t matter if you drive a semi, SUV, smart car, motor home, scooter, motorcycle, or bicycle.

    • Bsv

      Agree 100%. I see just as many bikers at wrong as car drivers and both sides could afford to tone it down and that’s not saying either one is worse than the other.

    • For real

      The reason why you see those signs is because that’s the first thing people say out of their mouths, “I didn’t see it because it was a motorcycle”. When the truth is, they were never looking or paying attention to begin with and probably cause an accident anyways. You are right, you should be paying attention all the time no matter what you are driving. I clipped motorcycle myself when I was driving a SUV. Was at a stop sign and pulling out, but because there was a blind curve, I could not see what was coming. Using common sense, I pulled out slowly, and the next thing you know, there was a motorcycle in front of me. Even though I clipped him, he did not loose control and was able to keep the bike up. Had I taken for granted the roadway was clear and pulled out at a normal pace, the biker would have been seriously injured. People need to be aware of danger spots on the roads and use a little common sense. This goes for all drivers of all vehicles.

  • deez nutz

    The witnesses said the biker was doing less than the speed limit and did not even have time to brake. I’m sure the 77 year old handicapped driver’s first words were “but I didn’t see him”. Well, she’ll be seeing him a lot in her nightmares.

  • dan

    i hate seeing things like this. Yes the old woman was wrong for pulling out in front of him but at the same time if you ride a motorcycle it is your responsibility to make sure you are more aware and pay more attention than drivers in cars. IMO if you ride a motorcycle you need to ride like everybody is out to kill you, even if that car shouldnt make a rolling stop through that stop sign there is a good chance they will because they didnt “see” you. The fact the motorcycle enthusiasts have to wear neon colors with reflective material have slow strobes in their head lights and tail lights just goes to show that the majority of drivers just dont pay attention.

    • Tom R

      The man WAS wearing a helmet,

      From Pressenterpriseonline-

      MONTOUR TWP. — Well-known auctioneer Kirk Williams died Tuesday when his brand-new motorcycle crashed into an SUV that pulled out in front of him, authorities say.

      Williams, 55, had traveled less than a mile from Vreeland’s Harley-Davidson, where Police Chief Terry Eckart said he had just picked up the 2014 Ultra Classic.

      “Witnesses traveling behind the motorcycle said his brake light barely had time to come on before impact,” Eckart said.

      Meanwhile, the driver of the Buick SUV, Catherine Miller, 77, Berwick, was listed in fair condition at Geisinger Medical Center late Tuesday, a nursing supervisor said.

      The accident left her pinned in her vehicle.

      Back road leads to tragedy

      Williams, who lived behind his auction house at 2267 Route 42, Millville, was riding east toward Bloomsburg about 5:30 p.m., said Eckart.

      Witnesses told the chief the motorcyclist was going about 50 mph, or 5 mph below the limit.

      The SUV, which had handicapped plates, was coming from Catawissa with Miller at the wheel and daughter Nancy Dohl, 48, in the passenger seat. They decided to avoid the main route, which would have taken them down the ramp from Route 42, instead opting for the back way to Cross Road, just west of the ramp, the chief said.

      Miller was trying to turn left when she pulled into the motorcycle’s path, said Eckart.

      The motorcycle smashed into the driver’s door, pinning Williams against the crumpled SUV.

      It happened so fast, neither vehicle left skid marks.

      A delicate extrication

      Township Fire Chief Brian Fosse said he arrived to find two nurses who came upon the accident trying to help the motorcyclist. They stayed with Williams until ambulances arrived.

      Dohl refused medical treatment, the police chief said.

      But her mother complained of pain in her legs and neck; the steering wheel was pressing down on her thighs, Fosse said.

      However, she didn’t appear badly hurt, and rescuers didn’t want to move the motorcycle or the motorcyclist until police, the coroner and accident reconstructionists could arrive.

      So firefighters used cribbing to hold the SUV in place, fitted Miller with a collar, and covered her with a blanket to protect her from glass as they cut through the windshield and rear window to reach her.

      They put a chain around the steering column to bend it off her, and removed the back seat so they could gently ease her out the hatchback on a backboard.

      She was freed by 6:18 p.m., then wheeled into an ambulance from Danville Ambulance Service, which whisked her to Geisinger Medical Center.

      Known trouble spot

      Firefighters raised blankets around the motorcycle to block the view of passers-by while Williams was taken away.

      He was wearing a helmet, and both women in the SUV were wearing seat belts, Eckart said.

      The intersection is a known trouble spot.

      “At that time of the afternoon, it’s a horrible place to pull out,” the chief said.

      At one time, the township passed an ordinance forbidding left turns at the intersection. But people who lived nearby objected, and the rule was rescinded, he said.

      Tracey Farr, 40, of 141 Cross Road, watched rescuers work.

      “There’s been many accidents here over the years,” said Farr, who has lived in the neighborhood 15 years.

      Eckart urged drivers to keep an eye out for motorcyclists.

      “Remember, the weather is warmer,” he said. “Motorcyclists are on the road now. The motoring public needs to be more vigilant.”

      Bloomsburg firefighters assisted at the scene.

    • deez nutz

      A helmet is not going to protect your body from blunt force trauma. And yes, the man was wearing a helmut. I always wear my helmut, but I know it’s not going to save me from stupid drivers.

      • Toni

        For the love of humanity, can we please remember that a long time community contributor and respected business man has died? Read the facts and understand he was with helmet, was under the speed limit and was a long time bike safety advocate killed at an intersection with a know history of events.. He was a father and grandfather, a son, an employer and a friend to many. Save your lectures on bike safety for a time when so many are not hurting so deeply.

  • Tom R

    What a shame, another life taken by the elderly. When are our lawmakers going to wise up and do something about this senseless slaughter on our highways? We need mandatory driver testing on all drivers over the age of 70, and we need it now! I am so tired of reading about the “blue hairs” taking another innocent life on our roadways. If you are over 70 and you fail your driver exam, you have your driving privileges revoked, simple as that!

    I am also directing this rant to the families of the elderly, if you know your loved one can longer drive safely, PLEASE help get them off the road. Save a life!

  • misty

    its ignorance like ur comment that brings so much hate into this world… yes most of it is a cager ( 4 wheels) fault.. i take it u never rode a bike b4.. if all u fools would pay attention look twice n save a life n it states she pulled out in front of him.. dont take a rocket scientist to figure it out whos fault it was

  • Belinda Boyd

    Look twice save a life, God Bless the bikers family, and stop and think what some of the rude comments say, please a human being was killed, we ride and are aware of what’s around us, I can not tell you the number of times cars pulled out in front of us.

  • Scott

    This if to inform those that are misguided.Motorcyclist depend on there protective equipment and you to save a life. If a van/SUV pulls out in front of a motorcyclist please do not expect the motorcyclist to stop on a dime. It takes them 12 seconds to stop with locked breaks going 25 mph. Secondly motorcyclist are more at fault than people think, but from my experience car drivers simply don’t see them or they’re too busy talking on the phone. Until ylu ‘he been behind the bars of a motorcycle and see how bad puplic driving really is then your statements are irrational. Now, I am a proud owner of a motorcycle and I have seen cars pull out in front of me or merge over almost crushing me. You also have those motorcyclist who think they own the street…this is not one of those cases

  • Kandy Caccia

    what difference who did what a person died and people don’t pay attention everyones always in a hurry. Were any of u there to see what happened????????????????????????????????????

    • misty

      makes a big difference when ur not payin attention a man died due to ignorance.. ever hear the saying look twice save a life…

    • Jen

      and just how do you know the bike wasn’t doing the speed limit? witnesses says he was…. like the guy that was behind him? but hey make uninformed comments just like Paul!

    • Jen

      Or wait… if people actually LOOKED before pulling out along with not pulling out right in front of another bike or car, etc….

  • paul

    Ummm…The biker hit the suv and they’re the killer?That’s a bit ironic isn’t it?I have cars pull out in front of me every day while i’m driving my car and i don’t hit them.Isn’t it time that bikers start taking responsibility for their driving?Why is it that every time a motorcycle is involved in an accident with a car it’s always the operator of the car that gets blamed for the accident?Isn’t that a bit of a double standard?

    • Jen

      Hey Paul maybe you should talk to the witnesses who said the BIKER never stood a chance! YES! IT IS THE PERSON IN THE SUV’S FAULT! How about learning your facts before making uneducated uniformed non-intelligent comments!

  • Alyssa

    I can’t stress this enough…. Please watch for motorcycles! This is why they ALWAYS have headlights on!

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