Tragedy struck Torrey Smith, wide receiver for the Baltimore Ravens, and his family late Saturday night when his brother Tevin Chris Jones, 19, died in a Westmoreland County, Virginia motorcycle accident.
Tevin Chris Jones was on Route 672 when his motorcycle ran off the right side of the roadway, hitting a utility pole, according to Virginia State Police. Alcohol was not a factor and Tevin was wearing a helmet.
Torrey Smith was told very early Sunday morning and rushed to be with his family. He then returned to face off against New England determined to honor his brother with a winning game. Baltimore won the game 31-30.
“I can’t believe my little brother is gone… be thankful for your loved ones and tell them you love them… this is the hardest thing ever.” Smith posted to Twitter.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Smith family in this very sad time.
It’s always tragic hearing about motorcycle accident fatalities. Minnesota is reporting an increase in rider fatalities this past year including five in the last seven days. Due to a huge upswing in the number of people turning to motorcycles for transportation, 230,000 registered motorcycles and nearly 400,000 licensed operators in Minnesota alone. New Hampshire is reporting an increase, so is Wisconsin, Illinois, Pennsylvania, California and others. Nationally the trend seems to be ticking up – not just for motorcycles but for all auto accidents.
We can’t control what others do while they are on the road but we can take steps to avoid a tragic accident. Always be aware of potential hazards – this can be as simple as noticing the person in the car next to you is texting and may not see you. Keep your headlamps on (even during the day), wear bright clothes, always make sure you signal your driving intentions. Use your horn, stay out of other driver’s blind spots and drive defensively. Ask experienced riders for tips, take a class, know there is always room to improve.
Be Safe!