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Crash victim's family wants drivers to watch for motorcycles

LAS VEGAS -- A family is preparing to bury their loved one after he was killed on his motorcycle Monday near Russell Road and Annie Oakley Drive.

Accidents involving motorcycles are on the rise this year. Now, the family of John Thomas Strunk is issuing a plea to the public.

All over the valley roads are all marked up with bright spray paint from traffic investigators. A dark reminder that getting from point A to point B in a car or on a motorcycle can have fatal consequences:

John Thomas Strunk, better known as JT, loved riding motorcycles.

"On beautiful days, who could resist going out and riding and feeling that wind blowing in your face?" Strunk's aunt Cynthia McLaughlin said.

McLaughlin knew those benefits of loving life on two wheels could be a risky ride.

"You know there was always that hidden danger in the back of our minds that accidents are prone to happen on motorcycles, and I was just thinking the other night when I was talking to him that, one of these days, we're going to get a phone call, and it was just unfortunate that one of those days was yesterday," McLaughlin said.

Strunk was traveling eastbound on Russell Road Monday just after 2:30 p.m. Metro Police say an SUV driven by a 73-year-old man turned in front of him.

The driver told police he didn't see the oncoming motorcycle. Strunk died on the scene. McLaughlin is on a mission urging drivers to pay better attention to motorcycles.

"For someone to blatantly say 'I didn't see you,' it doesn't cut it," McLaughlin said.

"i just know it takes some energy to do what it did to that motorcycle," Sgt. Richard Strader with Metro's Traffic Division said.

Sgt. Strader believes speed may have been a factor on part of the motorcycle. He also has a message.

"I can't stress enough how important it is for our motorcycle operators to pay attention to the speed on the road," Strader said.

Strunk leaves behind a wife and two kids, ages 3 and 5. McLaughlin hopes our roads can be safer, if we all take time to be extra cautious. So Strunk's death won't be in vain.

Metro says the investigation is ongoing and they still haven't determined precisely how fast the motorcycle was traveling.

At this point, the driver will not be facing any charges. Meantime, Strunk's family is asking for help for those two young children. To donate, go to U.S. Bank it is under the John Thomas Strunk Memorial Fund. 

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