Lexington, NC (April 7, 2021) – A 30-year-old man from Lexington died in a motorcycle accident involving an impaired driver on Wednesday morning. The crash took place on West Fifth Avenue near U.S. Highway 29/70.
The Lexington Police Department responded to the accident scene. Police say that 40-year-old Tony Lewis Smyre, of Spencer, was driving an SUV when he crashed into a motorcycle driven by 30-year-old Kyle Franklin Blackwell, of Lexington. Paramedics performed life-saving measures but Blackwell ultimately died at the scene. Smyre was not hurt in the collision. No details surrounding the cause of the accident have been released.
Following an investigation, the LPD charged Smyre with driving while impaired and driving while license revoked. Additional charges could be forthcoming pending the outcome of the investigation. Anyone with any information on the accident is asked to call the Lexington Police Department or Lexington CrimeStoppers.
No additional details are available at this time.
Our condolences go out to the family of Kyle Blackwell following this fatal motorcycle accident in Lexington.
North Carolina Motorcycle Crashes
Motorcyclists in North Carolina are at great risk of being seriously hurt or killed when they are involved in accidents on our roadways. According to statistics from the North Carolina Department of Transportation, there were a total of 3,566 motorcycle accidents in North Carolina in 2018. Of this number, 2,806 injuries were reported and 176 motorcyclists tragically lost their lives. Motorcycles offer little protection from the force and the impact of a traffic collision and motorcyclists often take the worst of the impact. Compared with traditional vehicles, motorcyclists are far more likely to suffer injuries in a crash.
The causes of motorcycle accidents in North Carolina vary, but there are several common reasons that these crashes occur. This includes negligence by other drivers, such as failing to see the motorcycle or failing to properly yield. Even a single instance of negligence can cause a crash that results in catastrophic injuries. If you find yourself in this unfortunate situation, it is important to consult a skilled North Carolina motorcycle accident attorney in order to get information regarding your rights as soon as possible.
At Burton Law Firm, we understand the difficulty that you are facing following a sudden tragedy. Certainly, there is nothing more devastating than the loss of a loved one in a traffic accident. While we cannot change the fact that the crash occurred, we will be there with you every step of the way as you seek justice. The compensation that you receive can help protect your future and ensure that you are not left financially responsible for the actions of a reckless driver. If your loved one was killed in the crash, we will obtain compensation to help your family move forward following a sudden tragedy.
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