MEDIA ADVISORY: Crash victim and trauma surgeon urge motorcycle riders to gear up for safety

Crash victim and trauma surgeon urge motorcycle riders to gear up for safety

WHAT: 
Zero Fatalities, Intermountain Medical Center’s Level I Trauma Program and Harrison Eurosports are encouraging motorcycle riders to increase safety by wearing proper safety gear. An Intermountain Medical Center Trauma surgeon will show X-ray images of motorcycle crash victims’ injuries to demonstrate the lifesaving difference safety gear can make in preventing fatal injuries. A motorcyle crash survivor will also share his experience.
To date in Utah, there have been 18 motorcyclist deaths this year. In 2016, motorcyclist deaths accounted for 15 percent of the total state’s traffic fatalities, despite the fact that motorcycles represent only three percent of all registered vehicles (42 motorcyclists were killed in traffic crashes that year).
WHEN: 
Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at 9:30 a.m.
WHO:
Dr. Dave Morris, Intermountain Medical Center trauma surgeon
Nathan Christensen, motorcyclist hit when driver made a U-turn in front of him at 45 mph
Marques Varela, motorcycle safety program manager at the Utah Department of Public Safety
WHERE: 
Intermountain Medical Center Helipad
5121 Cottonwood Street in Murray
***Parking directions: Take State Street and turn west on Intermountain Drive. Park in lot directly parallel to State Street to the east of the helipad.***
VISUALS:
X-ray images provided by IMC of motorcycle crash patients
Christensen’s crashed helmet and gear, as well as photos
Safety gear including helmets, jackets, boots, gloves
MEDIA CONTACTS:
Allyse Christensen
Zero Fatalities
Jess Gomez
IMC, Director of Media Relations

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