Michael Murrell, 52, was traveling northbound on Indianola Avenue in Des Moines at around 4:30 p.m. on Monday, September 12th when he struck a car driven by Sergio Ancona III, 18. Ancona claimed that he did not see the motorcycle coming when he turned into its path. He was cited for failure to yield the right of way in the incident. Murrell was transported to Methodist Hospital where he died from his injuries. He was not wearing a helmet.

I see reporters including whether or not the motorcycle rider was wearing a helmet, but readers should be careful with this one fact. The cause of death may have nothing to do with not wearing a helmet. Without reviewing the autopsy report there is no way to really know if there was any relationship. In other words, a helmet may not have saved his life. There is no law in Iowa requiring the motorcycle rider to wear a helmet.

Steve Lombardi
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