WINNEMUCCA — The Nevada Highway Patrol has released the identity of the man killed Friday (Aug. 20) in a collision between a motorcycle and a commercial vehicle on US 95.
The victim was identified as Douglas Earl Bleiler, 61, of Winnemucca.
According to the accident report, at the time of the collision the commercial vehicle was northbound and either stopped or was slow moving while preparing to turn right off of US 95.
Evidence at the scene indicated Bleiler became aware of the vehicle in front of him, applied the brakes, and went into a locked-wheel skid before impacting the back of the commercial vehicle. The report indicated there was 135 feet of skid marks where Bleiler attempted to stop his motorcycle. While 135 feet may seem significant, in a 70 mph zone that’s just a matter of seconds.
Sgt. Greg Johnson, of the Nevada Highway Patrol, said the victim had a motorcycle learner's permit. He said inexperience and inattention may have been factors in the accident.