Updated: UI student killed in car vs. motorcycle crash

Updated: UI student killed in car vs. motorcycle crash

URBANA - A University of Illinois student set to graduate Saturday was killed Friday night when the motorcycle he was riding was hit by a car.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said Paul W. Davidson III, 30, of Lemont was pronounced dead at 11:03 p.m. at Carle Foundation Hospital.

Mr. Davidson was driving a motorcycle west on University Avenue approaching Lincoln at 8:44 p.m Friday when he was hit by a car turning north in front of him from eastbound University onto Lincoln Avenue.

That car, a 2003 Buick, was driven by Mary A. Bridges, 64, of the 900 block of West Wascher in Urbana. 

As Bridges was turning, Mr. Davidson tried to stop but was unable to. Witnesses said the car drove over Mr. Davidson, then backed up. He was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

Bridges was taken to Presence Covenant Medical Center, where she was treated and released. She was ticketed for failure to yield.

Northrup said no autopsy would be done. His office and the Urbana police continue to investigate the collision.

UI spokeswoman Robin Kaler said Mr. Davidson was supposed to graduate with a degree in architecture.


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C-U Townie wrote on May 17, 2014 at 10:05 pm

Let's see how Rietz, Klaus (and the other decision-makers whose playground is the Champaign County Courthouse) handle this one. Operating based on Klaus' principle of "This is absolutely a deterrable crime and it must be deterred," this woman should be held accountable for killing another individual. There seems to be no argument that she was at fault since she was issued the ticket. So, Judge Klaus, dole out an appropriate consequence to Ms. Bridges who committed a deterrable crime. How will you deter her from committing this crime again? Her age, station, any other details/circumstances should not be considered... as the outcome of her actions is what should be judged. 

Tonymw62 wrote on May 17, 2014 at 11:05 pm

Well...ya mope, she wasn't drunk so your righteous indignation has hit a dead end.

gdf wrote on May 17, 2014 at 11:05 pm
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It's tragic.  But it's also a simple accident - she presumably wasn't texting, or inebriated, or reading a book or something.  She just failed to see the motorcycle, with tragic results.  In that sense, what happened doesn't fit the description of "deterrable crime" and it's wildly inappropriate to use this incident to take cheap shots at the judicial system because you happen to be unhappy with the outcome of the DUI case.

LadyPatt. wrote on May 19, 2014 at 11:05 am

I have been knowing Mrs. Bridges for all of my life and she isn't the type of person who would deliberately without human regard run someone over.  I totally agree with gdf posting this was a tragic accident.

workerhouse wrote on May 21, 2014 at 4:05 pm

As we know the railroad tracks curve through that intersection, which could have impacted braking or maneuverability for the motorcycle.

I would still hope to see a follow-up article about the Urbana police investigation into the accident.

God bless, was very sorry to read about this.