Twenty-three year old Tray Walker, a Miami, Florida native, died last night due from injuries sustained by crashing into a Ford Escape SUV while riding a dirt bike through Carol City (Miami).
The accident occurred at night. Police have confirmed Walker’s dirt bike had no lights and he was wearing dark clothing. There have been no reports that the driver of the vehicle is being charged.
Baltimore Raven’s Coach John Harbaugh said it best, “consider your actions and choices,” “there are always consequences.”
Unfortunately, lessons are sometimes learned the hard way. Learn from this accident and how it could have been avoided.
For one, Walker was riding a dirt bike not a motorcycle, thus, his dirt bike never should have been on the road in the first place.
Two, the dirt bike did not have any lights on it. While our motorcycles have lighting, with today’s technology, upgrade to LED lights. Not only do they draw much less power when compared to regular lighting, it also makes you much more visible.
Three, clothing is important. While we all like to wear black, that is not the best choice for riding at night. This past Wednesday I had to ride to Boca Raton, which is about 70 miles from my house, to discuss motorcycle safety with a riding club. I wore a regular shirt, gray in color, on the way up since it was about 5 p.m. and the sun was out.
However, riding back home, I wore a long sleeve shirt since I knew it would be a little chilly, but it was also white and would make me more visible.
My condolences to all of Walker’s friends, family, and loved ones.