left turnAnother motorcyclist has lost his life in an all-too-common danger zone — the left turn.

A 51-year-old Bradford County motorcyclist struck by a motorist making a left turn on April 14 died three days later in a Philadelphia hospital.

The Towanda Daily Review newspaper reported that Ronald Max Sayman of Ulster was riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle north on Route 220 at about 12:15 p.m. on April 14 in Athens Township when a driver in a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck pulled out from Route 199 to make a left turn and struck Sayman.

The driver of the pickup truck, Charlett Youngs of Sayre, was not injured.

Sayman was transported to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, then airlifted to Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals in Philadelphia, where he died on April 17.

G-4 Watch For Motorcycles GRAPHICSayman, a 1981 graduate of Troy HIgh School, is survived by his wife, two children, a stepson and six grandchildren. He worked  for Weir Seaboard Oil and Gas in Ulster. You can read his obituary here.

The newspaper report did not say whether Youngs will face any charges. State police are likely still investigating the accident.

Motorcyclists from Steuben County to Waverly in Tioga County, N.Y., and from Wellsboro and Mansfield in Tioga County, Pa., to Towanda in Bradford County, need to always slow down and assume left turners do not see them.

Left-turn accidents are one of the most dangerous scenarioes we face every time we get on our bikes.

Every time you approach an intersection, be vigilant. Remember — we’ve been gone all winter and we have to retrain drivers to watch for us!

Thanks for reading, and ride safely this year.


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