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Coroner IDs motorcyclist killed; police, experts offer safety tips

The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified Mark Brusewitz as the motorcyclist who died in a serious crash on Las Vegas Boulevard early Sunday morning.

The Nevada Highway Patrol said the 53-year-old was riding his Harley on Las Vegas Boulevard 13 miles north of the California border when he came up on a curve. Troopers said he was going too fast and failed to negotiate the curve.

Another driver reported the crash to police, but Brusewitz died at the scene. The latest crash has motorcycle riding experts speaking out about valley roads.

"Las Vegas is one of the worst places in the world for motorcycle riders,” said Mike Bullard, Those Guys Motorcycle Repair.

Bullard said Las Vegas is the worst because “drivers “don't care” about those on two wheels.

Bullard said things have gotten so bad on valley roads he refuses to sell a motorcycle to anyone who can't prove they're qualified to ride it.

"If you want to buy that motorcycle you can buy it, but it's not going anywhere until you get a motorcycle safety course under your belt, along with a motorcycle endorsement. And then you have to come down here, and you have to pass my qualifications," Bullard said.

Bullard feels it's important for new motorcycle riders to prove that they can handle the bike they're riding. He said one thing motorcycle riders should remember is to stay clear of the far right lane unless they're turning because it's easy for a car to creep up on you in that location.

Metro Police also chimed in with a warning for drivers. They say keep an eye out for motorcyclist because more of them will be hitting the roads as is the temps get hotter.

"We have increased our patrols, especially starting this month. We are focusing mostly on pedestrian safety during the beginning of the month. In the middle of the month, we're going to switch and shift our focus a little bit more to distracted drivers; that includes cell phones and other distractions in the vehicles,” said Sgt. Kisfalvi.

Sergeant Kisfalvi has been riding motorcycles on the job for years. He said it is very important for bikers to be aware of the possibility that a vehicle might pull out in front of them. If that happens, riders aren't as protected as someone who may be riding in a car.

"When you're riding a vehicle you're sitting inside of a steel cage. In a motorcycle you don't have that luxury,” said Sgt. Peter Kisfalvi, LVMPD.

Sergeant Kisfalvi said he hopes the efforts by Metro will help make the roads safer.


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