Tyler Dean Smith, an 18 year old from Princeton, North Carolina (NC) died Saturday from injuries he sustained in a motorcycle accident.
North Carolina (NC) highway patrol trooper D.T. Sharte told reporters on Saturday that Tyler Dean Smith took his stepfather’s motorcycle out for a ride after having an argument with a friend in Princeton.
According to witness accounts, Smith was on Rains Mill Road at the time of the motorcycle accident. Highway patrol trooper D.T. Sharte has been able to determine that Smith was traveling 45 miles an hour when he went in to the oncoming lane and hit a minivan. No one in the minivan was injured but Smith died on the scene from the injuries he sustained in the motorcycle accident.
Tyler Dean Smith did not have a motorcycle license at the time of the accident and had not completed any motorcycle training courses required by the state of North Carolina (NC).
Sadly, motorcycle accidents have been on the rise in recent years, and accidents like the tragic one on Saturday that claimed a young life happen more then they should. A few drivers, especially teen drivers, take motorcycles out on the road without the proper state approved training. Unfortunately, this can end in disaster for the driver or other drivers on the road.
If you are thinking of purchasing a motorcycle, or currently own a motorcycle with a new driver in the house, it is extremely important that you get the required operating license through state training, even if you already know how to operate a motorcycle. Not only will the state training help you be better on the road and reduce your chance of accidents, but a motorcycle license is required by law. If you get stopped, you could be risking large fines and loss of vehicle.