Motorcyclist Hit By Car, Killed On East Side
MILWAUKEE - A motorcyclist was killed on Milwaukee’s east side after he was hit by a car.
It happened Friday afternoon near Humboldt and North.
Police said a 61-year-old woman from Milwaukee was driving her car southbound on Humboldt when she tried to turn right to go west on North Avenue, but instead of turning right, she went across all the lanes of traffic.
Police say the woman hit the curb on the other side of the road, and tried to correct herself. That is when she struck the motorcyclist.
Police said 55-year-old Michael Fleming of Michigan was riding in a group of four motorcycles, but he was alone on the bike. Paramedics took him to the hospital, where he later died.
The driver of the car is under arrest because police believe she was driving under the influence.
Police say the motorcyclists were doing nothing wrong.
Tony Coffaro, a Harley rider from Milwaukee, nearly got hit himself just moments before seeing Fleming lose his life.
"I had to lock up both my brakes, put the bike down on the side rail, and hang on just to not go over the top of the car. And then I came through the intersection and saw what I saw," Coffaro said.
Many other riders want to use this tragedy to remind drivers what they need to do to keep bikers safe:
"Keep a nice distance between the car and the driver. If you're going to change lanes, make sure no one is in your blind spot," Milwaukee Harley rider Aquine Jackson said.
"People in cars just have to stay the distance," Green Bay rider Gerry Van De Hei said.
But the biggest request of all is this: "If you are going to be drinking and driving, do not get behind the wheel. Do not get behind the handlebars," Coffaro said.