A 65-year-old Steuben County motorcyclist was killed Sunday in the latest crash in the Twin Tiers involving a motorcyclist, a left-turning vehicle, and according to police, a motorist who is accused of driving while intoxicated.
State police said Terry Hill of Lindley was riding his 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle south on state Route 415 in the Town of Campbell at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday when a northbound 2003 Subaru station wagon driven by 42-year-old Robert Neally of Campbell turned left in front of Hill’s motorcycle, leading to the collision.
Hill was pronounced dead at the scene and Neally was charged with DWI and traffic offenses, and more charges are pending, state police said.
State police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash contact State Police Investigator Brian Kozemko at 607-962-3282.
What is unclear at this point is whether anyone is investigating where Neally was drinking before the collision occurred. Bars and restaurants can be held civilly and criminally liable for an illegal sale of alcohol that contributes to a crash like this. An illegal sale would include serving someone who is visibly intoxicated. While the focus of law enforcement and the public is often and rightfully on the drunk driver, law enforcement can also curb drunk driving by aggressively investigating and prosecuting bars who serve visibly intoxicated people; especially when the drunk driver then goes on to maim or kill someone.
Our thoughts are with the family of Terry Hill. May Terry rest in peace.
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Adam M. Gee, Esq.
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