August 24, 2015
A man described as a “longtime community advocate” from Burien, Washington was killed when a tire on his motorcycle blew-out on the highway west of Needles, California.
56-year-old Irish McKinnley was riding his 2007 Harley Davidson around 2 pm on August 17 when the incident occurred. According to the California Highway Patrol, both him and his wife, who was riding with him, were ejected from the motorcycle.
Irish was pronounced dead on-scene. His wife Marjorie was transported by air to University Medical in Las Vegas in critical condition. Her most recent condition, according to a GoFundMe page setup to help pay for medical bills, is “Intermediate”.
Irish was renowned in his community for raising thousands of dollars in assistance of the White Center Food Bank ($15,000 last year alone).
The GoFundMe page has seen nearly 100 contributions and 750 social media shares, but has of yet fallen short of a $10,000 goal.
So much stability resides on the tires of a motorcycle that a blow-out at speed on the highway is a cringe-worthy hypothetical situations. What Irish and Marjorie went through is feared by just about everyone who gets on two wheels for any amount of time. The San Bernardino motorcycle lawyers here at RiderzLaw offer our deepest, most sincere condolences to Marjorie and all the friends/family of the couple who have been affected by this tragedy.
We beg all our readers to please, look out for yourselves out on the roadways.