Family, friends of motorcyclist killed in wrong-way crash call for safety measures


Motorcyclists begin their engines Saturday at Hatch Park in North Salt Lake in reminiscence of Greg Workman, who died final week after he was hit and killed by a wrong-way driver on the I-15 freeway. (Mengshin Lin, Deseret Information)

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NORTH SALT LAKE — Katie Workman mentioned she desires to make it clear that the collision that killed her brother was not attributable to him being a younger, reckless motorcyclist. She mentioned he was “extremely security aware” and was carrying hundreds of {dollars} of security gear on the time and was expert at biking.

However he did not stand an opportunity when a motorist driving the flawed manner on the I-15 freeway all of a sudden appeared, hitting and killing him on Feb. 20.

Troopers say such wrong-way crashes have gotten extra widespread in Utah. Family and friends of Greg Workman on Saturday referred to as for extra prevention measures throughout a vigil for him at Hatch Park, not removed from the freeway the place he died.

“I am unable to do something, and none of us can, to carry my brother again. However we are able to possibly do one thing to make a distinction about this sooner or later as a result of there’s a number of fundamental coverage that Utah hasn’t applied,” Katie Workman mentioned.

Stephan Burgin was using with Greg Workman and was proper behind him when he was hit. They had been laughing over Bluetooth headsets, with Burgin speaking about how chilly it was and the way Workman was all equipped whereas Burgin was solely carrying a sweatshirt and tennis footwear. Burgin mentioned he put his head down for only a second, laughing at one thing Workman mentioned.

“And it was once I seemed up, I noticed the headlights,” Burgin recalled. “And I simply, my prompt response was to twitch and swerve over and I ended up simply barely moving into that No. 1 lane. And as quickly as I straightened out, I seemed in my mirror and I simply noticed an enormous cloud. After which I noticed his physique flying within the air.”

The motive force hit Workman’s bike and two different vehicles, troopers mentioned, after getting onto I-15 going the flawed manner.

Katie Workman, the sister of Greg Workman, who died in a wrong-way accident on Feb. 20, speaks at the vigil for Greg at Hatch Park in North Salt Lake on Saturday.
Katie Workman, the sister of Greg Workman, who died in a wrong-way accident on Feb. 20, speaks on the vigil for Greg at Hatch Park in North Salt Lake on Saturday. (Photograph: Mengshin Lin, Deseret Information)

“I am by no means going to know if what occurred to Greg was preventable, however we are able to … be certain that that is preventable to another person, so they do not must undergo this,” Katie Workman mentioned.

Among the many security measures she want to see applied are reducing sure signage, as a result of drunk drivers usually tend to be trying down, and placing flashing lights on wrong-way indicators. She additionally mentioned that there are alternatives for sensors on off-ramps that may alert legislation enforcement if somebody drives the flawed manner and indicators that mild as much as alert folks on the street when there’s a wrong-way driver on the street.

She inspired everybody on the vigil to achieve out to legislators and allow them to know that this is a matter that’s necessary to them. She mentioned that there must be a “Greg Workman invoice.”

Utah Freeway Patrol Cpl. Andrew Battenfield mentioned wrong-way crashes have been rising, however he would not know why.

In 2022 to date there have been 28 deadly crashes, three of these, together with the one which killed Workman, had been wrong-way deadly crashes, Battenfield mentioned. Two of the three had been on a freeway and had been dealt with by UHP. In 2021 there have been 297 deadly crashes in Utah, 15 of which had somebody touring the flawed manner, and in 2020 there have been 340 deadly crashes, 17 of which had been flawed manner.

He mentioned particularly on a freeway, a wrong-way crash might be very tragic, as a result of it results in a head-on crash with the drive from the velocity of each automobiles.

“You do not at all times see lengthy distances on I-15. … You might be actually shocked by what is correct on prime of you with a wrong-way driver,”

Tasha Clark cries during the vigil to in memory Greg Workman, who died in a wrong-way accident on Feb. 20, at Hatch Park in North Salt Lake on Saturday.
Tasha Clark cries through the vigil to in reminiscence Greg Workman, who died in a wrong-way accident on Feb. 20, at Hatch Park in North Salt Lake on Saturday. (Photograph: Mengshin Lin, Deseret Information)

Battenfield mentioned that in case you see a automobile going the flawed manner towards you, you need to decelerate and get to the alternative aspect of the street. He urged drivers to concentrate on the street, and to name 911 in the event that they see anybody shifting the flawed manner on both aspect of the street, and be as detailed as attainable concerning the location so troopers can reply as shortly as attainable.

“These valuable seconds could make the distinction between you having the ability to react shortly to a wrong-way automobile,” he mentioned.

Battenfield mentioned that they’re nonetheless trying into whether or not the driving force who was going the flawed manner on this collision was impaired. The motive force was taken to the hospital after the crash and has not but been charged with any crimes because the case remains to be being investigated.

He mentioned that UHP is not going to chase a automobile going the flawed manner, however there are procedures troopers can use to aim to decelerate such automobiles, forcing them off the street or getting the automobile to crash to a cease when the roads are empty. He mentioned the maneuver is harmful, however it might probably save lives. Such a maneuver was only recently utilized in a separate wrong-way driver incident.

Daniel and Tasha Clark, each riders in Workman’s bike group, additionally referred to as for extra prevention measures to cease wrong-way driving. Daniel Clark mentioned he desires to see legislation enforcement do extra to forestall rushing, distracted driving and drunk driving. He mentioned motorcyclists perceive that using a bike is extra harmful, and {that a} crash with a automobile goes to be detrimental, which is why they drive cautiously.

Together with wrong-way driving, rushing and distracted driving might be very harmful as nicely, particularly when driving round bikes.

“Drivers have to pay extra consideration to us on bikes,” Tasha Clark mentioned.

Katie Workman mentioned that in a dialog together with her brother a number of months in the past, he advised her that if something occurred to him, he can be OK. She mentioned that she is aware of he’s OK now.

“It is necessary to me that you simply all know that he was gentle and candy, even when he was a rascal. And Greg had much more to provide all of us, and it sucks that we’re not going to have that, however I do know that we’re all going to be OK,” she mentioned.

Dozens of people gather at a vigil to in memory Greg Workman, who died in a wrong-way accident on Sunday, at Hatch Park in North Salt Lake on Saturday.
Dozens of individuals collect at a vigil to in reminiscence Greg Workman, who died in a wrong-way accident on Sunday, at Hatch Park in North Salt Lake on Saturday. (Photograph: Mengshin Lin, Deseret Information)

Dallas Ray Workman talked about how his son was security aware and advised tales the place he went above and past what others would do to make it possible for they had been protected on the roads with a trailer or whereas driving in snow. He mentioned his son knew rather a lot about security and about bikes.

“I do imagine Greg is completely satisfied, and I do imagine Greg is being taken care of wherever he’s,” he mentioned.

Tasha Clark mentioned that the motorcycling group is tight knit, they usually take into account others within the group to be household, which makes the lack of Workman exhausting on the group.

“Greg will at all times be remembered,” she mentioned. “He is at all times going to be with us. He is using up there with all people.”

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