Las Vegas, NV (December 30, 2021) – Troopers with the Nevada Highway Patrol reported the death of a 36-year-old motorcyclist more than two months after a serious DUI crash at Cheyenne Avenue and Lamb Boulevard.
The victim, now identified as Pernelle Watkins, was traveling eastbound on Cheyenne Avenue with a passenger on his 2015 Harley-Davidson Road Glide motorcycle. Shortly thereafter, he collided with the driver of a 2017 Dodge Durango that was traveling southbound on Lamb.
Watkins died on Wednesday, December 29, per a report from the Clark County Coroner’s Office.
The driver of the Dodge, 29-year-old Javier Hernandez, was charged with reckless driving, DUI, and leaving the scene of an accident. Hernandez remains in custody at the Clark County Detention Center on a $100,000 bail, and his next court appearance is in February.
Watkins was initially transported to UMC Trauma with critical injuries, including multiple brain bleeds, a stomach injury, and a broken leg. His passenger, 40-year-old Chimere Mazique, sustained lacerations to the head and lower back injuries, as well as injuries to the lower extremities, but was released from the hospital the week after the accident.
It’s unclear if authorities plan to add other charges for Hernandez in the wake of Watkins’ death.
We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of Pernelle Watkins. We hope for the full recovery of Chimere Mazique.
Motorcycle Accidents in Las Vegas
Officials with the U.S. Department of Transportation say motorcycle accidents are responsible for nearly 15% of all traffic fatalities nationwide. Over the past several years, motorcycle wrecks have steadily increased.
In fact, these accidents have more than doubled in the last 25 years. Moreover, data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notes that one in seven fatalities on American roadways occurred on a motorcycle. And despite a general decline in Nevada motor vehicle accidents, traffic deaths as a result of motorcycle collisions are at their highest level in more than a decade.
Unfortunately, tragic consequences are more likely to befall victims after a motorcycle accident. Motorcyclists are at much higher risk for serious injury or death because they lack the protection a passenger vehicle offers other drivers.
For example, crash victims may sustain TBIs, catastrophic organ damage, and more. Sadly, this can mean costly medical bills and even job loss or death for those injured.
Thankfully, those affected by these motorcycle wrecks can contact a Nevada motorcycle crash lawyer for help. In some cases, a lawyer well-versed in Nevada state law can help victims or their families seek their full, fair settlement from a personal injury or a wrongful death lawsuit.
The Las Vegas-area motorcycle accident attorneys at Valiente Mott will fight to secure the justice you deserve. Here at Valiente Mott Injury Attorneys, we believe that victims and their families should never pay out of pocket.
Personal Injury Attorney in Las Vegas
If you have lost a loved one after a motorcycle accident, please contact our Nevada injury attorneys right away. Our knowledgeable, skilled legal team knows what it takes to build a successful accident claim.
Furthermore, we will gladly review your case and tailor our advice to match your specific needs. As a result, you can feel confident that we will answer all of your questions.
If you’ve suffered as a result of another party’s negligence and don’t know where to turn, contact us right away. Our experienced injury lawyers in Las Vegas have spent years fighting for both victims and their families.
Please reach out to us to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation at 702-296-5117 at your earliest convenience. We’re here to help you and yours in this devastating time.
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