A local man was killed in a two-vehicle collision involving a motorcycle late Thursday evening.
It is the second fatality this week involving a motorcycle and a car.
At approximately 11:10 p.m. Thursday, Matthew Tadlock, 20, of Hot Springs, operating a 2006 Yamaha R-6, was southbound on Central Avenue in the inside lane approaching Orange Street. Eric Shaw, 42, of Hot Springs, driving a 1999 GMC Yukon, was northbound on Central and turned left onto Orange into the path of Tadlock, Hot Springs police Cpl. Kirk Zaner said.
Tadlock's motorcycle struck the rear passenger side of the Yukon just behind the rear tire near the cargo area.
Tadlock, who was wearing a helmet, was pronounced dead at the scene. Shaw was not reportedly injured. The wreck was still under investigation Friday pending blood results from both drivers. Zaner noted the toxicology results would determine any charges to be filed.
Hot Springs police accident reconstruction officers are also investigating the cause of a fatal collision between two motorcycles and a car Tuesday evening on Malvern Avenue at the Hollywood Avenue intersection.
Keido “Doc” LaVell Howard, 33, of Hot Springs, whose motorcycle was among a group of six traveling east on Malvern at around 6:35 p.m. Tuesday, died in a head-on collision with the car, a 2003 Buick Regal, while the driver of a second motorcycle from the group, Bobby Ray Riley Jr., 47, of Hot Springs, was injured.
The Hot Springs Police Department posted the following information on its Facebook page Friday morning:
"As warmer weather approaches, motorcycles will be out. In the past week we have had two serious accidents on motorcycles.
"It is the responsibility of both vehicle operators and bikers to drive defensively and responsibly.
"Speed and inattentiveness are factors in these accidents.
"We want everyone to arrive alive. Please be safe."