PLR 20-043 - PMV-2 Mishap Claims One Soldier's Life
A Private First Class assigned to Fort Carson, Colorado, died in a PMV-2 mishap 2 May 2020 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, at 2045 local. The Soldier was riding his motorcycle when he swerved to avoid a halted vehicle in front of him. He then struck a curb and was thrown from the motorcycle. Emergency personnel attempted to resuscitate the Soldier but were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene. The Soldier was wearing personal protective equipment, but had not completed a Motorcycle Safety Foundation training course. Neither alcohol nor speed appear to be factors in the crash.
Since 2016, the Army has lost an average of 28 Soldiers a year to PMV-2 mishaps. This mishap is the 10th PMV-2 fatality of FY20. COVID-19 has created a challenging environment for the Army. Are your Soldiers properly trained for off-duty activities, such as safe motorcycle handling?