Commercial ice makers cause motorcycle crash
By Gary Popp
Published in News on June 21, 2011 1:46 PM
A father and daughter from Maysville were injured late Monday morning while riding a motorcycle on U.S. 70 when they attempted a maneuver to avoid colliding with a commercial ice maker that had fallen from a trailer.
Henry Francis Richard III, 39, and Shayna Richard, 16, both of Azalea Plantation Drive, were transported to Wayne Memorial Drive and later released after being treated for non-life threatening injuries, said state Highway Patrol Trooper M.A. Kirby.
Daniel Clayton Atkins, 18, was driving a Chevrolet dually pickup truck that was pulling the trailer, which spilled two ice makers on the roadway.
Kirby said the motorcyclists did not make contact with the ice boxes.
Atkins, of Olivers Grove Road in Four Oaks, was charged by Highway Patrol with failure to secure load and expired registration.
Atkins and the Richards were traveling westbound, just east of Whitley Church Road, when the accident occurred around 11:30 a.m.
Kirby said Atkins did not immediately stop after losing his cargo.
Kirby said a motorist had to somehow gain Atkins' attention to the lost iceboxes, at which time he returned to the scene and reported the crash.