Plain City residents ask drivers to slow down in wake of deadly crash

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In the wake of a fatal motorcycle crash on Saturday, some Weber County residents are asking riders and drivers to slow down.

The area of concern is near 1900 North and 3150 West. It’s where the roadway forms an S-curve.

Residents say over the years there have been several accidents.

“We’ve had a man come and hit the ditch,” said Haylee Woodward. “We’ve actually had to fill it in now. They actually flipped their car twice and landed in my driveway.”

Haylee Woodward is a mother of three. Her children are all under 8 years old.

“We don’t let our kids ever come out front because it’s just too scary.”

She lives along this stretch of roadway and witnessed the aftermath of Saturday’s deadly crash.

“I pulled up to come home, and there were a couple of cars on the side of the road that had seen a motorcycle go down. I went over, and we had to call 911.”

In the wake of this crash, ABC4 called Plain City to get their thoughts on if this road needs to be made safer.

It’s after residents told us it was dangerous.

We reached out to public works who referred us to the mayor’s office.

In a phone conversation, Mayor Jon Beesley tells ABC4, he was unaware that there was a sign missing from one side of the roadway warning drivers of the upcoming S-curve. Beesley said the city will work to install one as soon as possible.

According to the Utah Department of Transportation, there have been eight recorded crashes since 2010 in this area.

Five of the crashes involved teens. One was a fatality in 2011.

These numbers don’t include Saturday’s crash.

“We do have families here, and we just want our kids to be safe,” said Woodward. “Just to slow down.”

The rider in Saturday’s crash has been identified as 41-year-old Robert Overdiek. He died a day before his 42nd birthday.

The Weber County Sheriff’s Office says he wasn’t wearing a helmet when he lost control of his bike.

Overdiek eventually landed in a nearby field. He later died as a result of injuries.

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