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Crash Involving Motorcycle Serves as Safety Reminder


Lynchburg, VA – A crash involving a car and motorcycle highlights the importance of motorcycle safety for all drivers.

Richard Cooke, Jr., 62, and his wife Katherine Cooke, 59, of Lynchburg were both severely hurt when their motorcycle collided with a car Tuesday evening on Leesville Road in Lynchburg. The car's driver, Karen Bratcher, 44, of Forest, was not hurt. Police are still investigating and no charges had been filed as of Wednesday.

Dennis Phillips has taught the motorcycle rider training course at Central Virginia Community College for 26 years. Phillips tells his students to always be aware of their surroundings on the road and to constantly scan to see what's out there.

"Playing the what if game," said Dennis Phillips. "If you see a car, automatically start to slow down and cover your controls just in case that car does try to pull out in front of you."

Phillips says if you're driving a car, keep a constant look out for motorcycles around you and give them some room.

Phillips says we can expect to see more motorcycles on the road as the weather improves.

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