Family, friends of motorcyclist killed in wrong-way crash call for safety measures

Motorcyclists begin their engines Saturday at Hatch Park in North Salt Lake in reminiscence of Greg Workman, who died final week after he was hit and killed by a wrong-way driver on the I-15 freeway. (Mengshin Lin, Deseret Information)

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NORTH SALT LAKE — Katie Workman mentioned she desires to make it clear that the collision that killed her brother was not resulting from him being a younger, reckless motorcyclist. She mentioned he was “extremely security acutely aware” and was carrying 1000’s of {dollars} of security gear on the time and was expert at biking.

However he did not stand an opportunity when a motorist driving the mistaken manner on the I-15 freeway all of the sudden appeared, hitting and killing him on Feb. 20.

Troopers say such wrong-way crashes have gotten extra widespread in Utah. Family and friends of Greg Workman on Saturday referred to as for extra prevention measures throughout a vigil for him at Hatch Park, not removed from the freeway the place he died.

“I am unable to do something, and none of us can, to convey my brother again. However we are able to possibly do one thing to make a distinction about this sooner or later as a result of there’s a number of fundamental coverage that Utah hasn’t applied,” Katie Workman mentioned.

Stephan Burgin was driving with Greg Workman and was proper behind him when he was hit. They had been laughing over Bluetooth headsets, with Burgin speaking about how chilly it was and the way Workman was all equipped whereas Burgin was solely carrying a sweatshirt and tennis footwear. Burgin mentioned he put his head down for only a second, laughing at one thing Workman mentioned.

“And it was after I regarded up, I noticed the headlights,” Burgin recalled. “And I simply, my immediate response was to twitch and swerve over and I ended up simply barely entering into that No. 1 lane. And as quickly as I straightened out, I regarded in my mirror and I simply noticed an enormous cloud. After which I noticed his physique flying within the air.”

The driving force hit Workman’s bike and two different vehicles, troopers mentioned, after getting onto I-15 going the mistaken manner.

Katie Workman, the sister of Greg Workman, who died in a wrong-way accident on Feb. 20, speaks at the vigil for Greg at Hatch Park in North Salt Lake on Saturday.
Katie Workman, the sister of Greg Workman, who died in a wrong-way accident on Feb. 20, speaks on the vigil for Greg at Hatch Park in North Salt Lake on Saturday. (Photograph: Mengshin Lin, Deseret Information)

“I am by no means going to know if what occurred to Greg was preventable, however we are able to … make certain that is preventable to another person, so they do not must undergo this,” Katie Workman mentioned.

Among the many security measures she want to see applied are decreasing sure signage, as a result of drunk drivers usually tend to be wanting down, and placing flashing lights on wrong-way indicators. She additionally mentioned that there are alternatives for sensors on off-ramps that can alert legislation enforcement if somebody drives the mistaken manner and indicators that gentle as much as alert individuals on the highway when there’s a wrong-way driver on the highway.

She inspired everybody on the vigil to achieve out to legislators and allow them to know that this is a matter that’s vital to them. She mentioned that there must be a “Greg Workman invoice.”

Utah Freeway Patrol Cpl. Andrew Battenfield mentioned wrong-way crashes have been rising, however he would not know why.

In 2022 to date there have been 28 deadly crashes, three of these, together with the one which killed Workman, had been wrong-way deadly crashes, Battenfield mentioned. Two of the three had been on a freeway and had been dealt with by UHP. In 2021 there have been 297 deadly crashes in Utah, 15 of which had somebody touring the mistaken manner, and in 2020 there have been 340 deadly crashes, 17 of which had been mistaken manner.

He mentioned particularly on a freeway, a wrong-way crash will be very tragic, as a result of it results in a head-on crash with the drive from the velocity of each automobiles.

“You do not all the time see lengthy distances on I-15. … You will be actually shocked by what is true on high of you with a wrong-way driver,”

Tasha Clark cries during the vigil to in memory Greg Workman, who died in a wrong-way accident on Feb. 20, at Hatch Park in North Salt Lake on Saturday.
Tasha Clark cries in the course of the vigil to in reminiscence Greg Workman, who died in a wrong-way accident on Feb. 20, at Hatch Park in North Salt Lake on Saturday. (Photograph: Mengshin Lin, Deseret Information)

Battenfield mentioned that should you see a automobile going the mistaken manner towards you, it’s best to decelerate and get to the other aspect of the highway. He urged drivers to concentrate on the highway, and to name 911 in the event that they see anybody shifting the mistaken manner on both aspect of the highway, and be as detailed as attainable concerning the location so troopers can reply as shortly as attainable.

“These valuable seconds could make the distinction between you having the ability to react shortly to a wrong-way automobile,” he mentioned.

Battenfield mentioned that they’re nonetheless wanting into whether or not the driving force who was going the mistaken manner on this collision was impaired. The driving force was taken to the hospital after the crash and has not but been charged with any crimes because the case continues to be being investigated.

He mentioned that UHP won’t chase a automobile going the mistaken manner, however there are procedures troopers can use to aim to decelerate such automobiles, forcing them off the highway or getting the automobile to crash to a cease when the roads are empty. He mentioned the maneuver is harmful, however it could save lives. Such a maneuver was only in the near past utilized in a separate wrong-way driver incident.

Daniel and Tasha Clark, each riders in Workman’s bike group, additionally referred to as for extra prevention measures to cease wrong-way driving. Daniel Clark mentioned he desires to see legislation enforcement do extra to stop dashing, distracted driving and drunk driving. He mentioned motorcyclists perceive that driving a bike is extra harmful, and {that a} crash with a automobile goes to be detrimental, which is why they drive cautiously.

Together with wrong-way driving, dashing and distracted driving will be very harmful as effectively, particularly when driving round bikes.

“Drivers have to pay extra consideration to us on bikes,” Tasha Clark mentioned.

Katie Workman mentioned that in a dialog along with her brother a number of months in the past, he informed her that if something occurred to him, he could be OK. She mentioned that she is aware of he’s OK now.

“It is vital to me that you just all know that he was tender and candy, even when he was a rascal. And Greg had much more to provide all of us, and it sucks that we’re not going to have that, however I do know that we’re all going to be OK,” she mentioned.

Dozens of people gather at a vigil to in memory Greg Workman, who died in a wrong-way accident on Sunday, at Hatch Park in North Salt Lake on Saturday.
Dozens of individuals collect at a vigil to in reminiscence Greg Workman, who died in a wrong-way accident on Sunday, at Hatch Park in North Salt Lake on Saturday. (Photograph: Mengshin Lin, Deseret Information)

Dallas Ray Workman talked about how his son was security acutely aware and informed tales the place he went above and past what others would do to make it possible for they had been protected on the roads with a trailer or whereas driving in snow. He mentioned his son knew rather a lot about security and about bikes.

“I do consider Greg is glad, and I do consider Greg is being taken care of wherever he’s,” he mentioned.

Tasha Clark mentioned that the motorcycling neighborhood is tight knit, they usually think about others within the group to be household, which makes the lack of Workman onerous on the group.

“Greg will all the time be remembered,” she mentioned. “He is all the time going to be with us. He is driving up there with everyone.”


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Folks protest the Russian invasion of Ukraine at an illustration within the Studio Metropolis neighborhood of Los Angeles on Thursday.

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Folks protest the Russian invasion of Ukraine at an illustration within the Studio Metropolis neighborhood of Los Angeles on Thursday.

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TOKYO — Twenty million {dollars} in U.N. humanitarian funds, and a deliberate infusion of 1.5 billion euros ($1.68 billion) in EU financial help for Ukraine. A raft of recent, stronger sanctions in opposition to Russia from Japan, Europe, Australia, Taiwan and others. And a cascade of condemnation from the very best ranges.

As Russian bombs and troops pounded Ukraine throughout the invasion’s first full day, world leaders on Friday started to fine-tune a response meant to punish the Russian financial system and its leaders, together with President Vladimir Putin’s interior circle.

Whereas there’s an acute consciousness {that a} army intervention is unlikely, for now, the power, unity and velocity of the monetary sanctions — with the placing exception of China, a powerful Russian supporter — sign a rising international willpower to make Moscow rethink its assault.

French Finance minister Bruno Le Maire stated Friday that France and its European allies are decided to inflict nice harm on Russian financial system and punish Russia for the “silly choices of Vladimir Putin” with “huge and quick sanctions.”

“We wish to isolate Russia financially,” Le Maire stated. “We wish to minimize all ties between Russia and the worldwide monetary system. We’ll dry up the financing of the Russian financial system.”

France and its allies have determined to additional sanction people, in addition to impose penalties focusing on finance, power and different sectors, French President Emmanuel Macron stated Friday. The authorized texts for the sanctions can be finalized and submitted for approval to EU international ministers later Friday.

Macron additionally stated that the EU has selected financial help for Ukraine within the “unprecedented” quantity of 1.5 billion euros ($1.68 billion).

Russia’s civil aviation authority has banned U.Ok. flights to and over Russia in retaliation to the British ban on Aeroflot flights. Rosaviatsiya stated that each one flights by U.Ok. carriers to Russia in addition to transit flights are banned beginning Friday. It stated the measure was taken in response to the “unfriendly choices” by the British authorities who banned flights to the U.Ok. by the Russian flag service Aeroflot as a part of sanctions over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Folks maintain a big flag of Ukraine in Duomo Sq., Milan, Italy on Thursday.


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Nations in Asia and the Pacific have joined america, the 27-nation European Union and others within the West in piling on punitive measures in opposition to Russian banks and main firms. The nations have additionally arrange export controls geared toward ravenous Russia’s industries and army of semiconductors and different high-tech merchandise.

“Japan should clearly present its place that we’ll by no means tolerate any try to vary the established order by drive,” Prime Minister Fumio Kishida informed reporters Friday whereas saying new punitive measures that included freezing the visas and belongings of Russian teams, banks and people, and the suspension of shipments of semiconductors and different restricted items to Russian military-linked organizations.

“Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a particularly grave growth that impacts the worldwide order, not just for Europe but in addition for Asia,” Kishida stated.

The strikes observe Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Putin’s forces performed airstrikes on cities and army bases, and his troops and tanks rolled into the nation from three sides. Ukraine’s authorities pleaded for assist as civilians fled. Scores of Ukrainians, civilians and repair members alike, have been killed.

“An unthinkable variety of harmless lives may very well be misplaced due to Russia’s determination,” New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stated. She introduced focused journey bans in opposition to Russian officers and different measures.

UK Protection Secretary Ben Wallace rejected Russian claims of success on the primary day of its invasion, telling Sky Information that it had “did not ship” on its main targets and is behind on its timetable for advance.

Wallace additionally stated that imposing a no-fly zone over Ukraine would put British pilots in direct battle with Russian forces, and implementing it could successfully require NATO to declare struggle on Russia and broaden the battle in Ukraine.

“I am not placing British troops on to battle Russian troops,” Wallace informed the BBC.

Oslo Metropolis Corridor was illuminated with the colours of the Ukrainian flag in Norway’s capital on Thursday evening.

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Oslo Metropolis Corridor was illuminated with the colours of the Ukrainian flag in Norway’s capital on Thursday evening.

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On the United Nations, officers put aside $20 million to spice up U.N. humanitarian operations in Ukraine. Individually, the U.N. Safety Council is anticipated to vote Friday on a decision condemning Russia and demanding the quick withdrawal of all its forces. Moscow, nonetheless, is definite to veto it.

U.N. humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths stated the $20 million from the U.N.’s Central Emergency Response Fund will help emergency operations alongside the contact line in japanese Donetsk and Luhansk and in different areas of the nation, and can “assist with well being care, shelter, meals, and water and sanitation to probably the most weak individuals affected by the battle.”

The West and its allies have proven no inclination to ship troops into Ukraine — a non-member of NATO — and threat a wider struggle on the continent. However NATO strengthened its member states in Japanese Europe as a precaution in opposition to an assault on them, too.

The European Union Aviation Security Company prolonged to 200 nautical miles the airspace it considers dangerous, and warned of “the specter of missile launches to and from Ukraine.”

Protests by Ukrainians and their supporters have been deliberate Friday throughout Asia. Public buildings, sports activities stadiums and landmarks within the Australian metropolis of Melbourne have been illuminated in Ukraine’s nationwide colours of blue and yellow.

Japan’s new sanctions observe an earlier set of measures that embody the suspension of distributing and issuing new Russian authorities bonds in Japan — a transfer geared toward chopping funding for Russia’s army — a commerce ban with two Ukrainian separatist areas and the freezing of their belongings and visas.

Japan, which has lengthy sought to regain management of Russian-held northern islands seized on the finish of World Battle II, took a milder stance towards Moscow throughout Russia’s 2014 Crimea annexation. Tokyo’s response to the present invasion has been thought-about more durable and quicker, one thing which may be linked to a deep fear in Tokyo over China’s more and more assertive army actions within the area.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in stated his nation will be part of worldwide sanctions, however will not contemplate unilateral sanctions.

South Korea’s comparative warning is probably going as a result of its financial system is closely depending on worldwide commerce. It additionally worries that strained ties with Moscow may undermine efforts to resolve the North Korean nuclear disaster. Russia is South Korea’s tenth largest buying and selling associate, and Moscow is a veto-wielding member of the U.N. Safety Council and maintains pleasant ties with North Korea.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi phoned Putin late Thursday and appealed for an “quick cessation of violence,” his workplace stated in an announcement.

India’s everlasting U.N. consultant pushed for “pressing de-escalation” via “sustained and centered diplomacy,” however stopped in need of both condemning Russia or acknowledging Ukraine’s sovereignty.

The cautious assertion displays India’s delicate place. It depends closely on Russia, a historic associate, for army gear however has sought to strengthen ties with the West through the years.

Taiwan introduced Friday that it could take part financial sanctions in opposition to Russia, though it didn’t specify what kind of measures these could be. Sanctions may probably be centered on export management of semiconductor chips, native media reported. Taiwan is the dominant producer of such chips, a important element utilized in applied sciences from vehicles to laptops to cellphones.

Whereas most nations in Asia rallied to help Ukraine, China has continued to denounce sanctions in opposition to Russia and blamed america and its allies for frightening Moscow. Beijing, anxious about U.S. energy in Asia, has more and more aligned its international coverage with Russia to problem the West.

“At a time when Australia, along with the UK, along with america and Europe and Japan, are performing to chop off Russia, the Chinese language authorities is following via on easing commerce restrictions with Russia and that’s merely unacceptable,” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated Friday.

“You do not go and throw a lifeline to Russia in the course of a interval once they’re invading one other nation,” he added, referring to a report in The South China Morning Publish that China had introduced it was absolutely open to Russian wheat imports.

In Tokyo, Ukraine’s high diplomat for Japan urged China to affix worldwide efforts to cease the Russian invasion.

“We’d very a lot welcome that China will train its reference to Russia and speak to Putin and clarify to him it’s inappropriate within the twenty first century to do that bloodbath in Europe,” Ambassador Sergiy Korsunsky informed reporters.