Motorcycle accident sends one to hospital

PARKERSBURG – One person spent the afternoon in the hospital after a truck pulled out in front of a motorcycle on Emerson Avenue Monday afternoon, officials said.

The Parkersburg Police Department was alerted to the accident at the Hardee’s in the 4300 block of Emerson Avenue around 4 p.m. Monday, said Lt. S.L. Bunner with the Parkersburg Police.

Emily S. McKinshen, 39, of Harrisville was driving her gold 2006 Nissan Titan when the wreck occurred, Bunner said. McKinshen pulled out of the Hardee’s parking lot, attempting to turn eastbound on Emerson Avenue, Bunner said.

McKinshen pulled out in front of Shawn M. Winstanley, 26, of Parkersburg, who was driving his 1995 Honda V30 motorcycle westbound on Emerson, Bunner said.

Winstanley was unable to stop in time to avoid a collision and hit McKinshen’s Titan in “t-bone fashion,” Bunner said.

The motorcycle hit the rear driver’s side of the Titan, Bunner said.

Winstanley was taken to Camden Clark Medical Center, where his injuries were treated and he was released Monday afternoon, said Tim Brunicardi, director of marketing and public affairs at CCMC.

McKinshen was cited for failure to yield the right of way, Bunner said.

Everyone needs to be vigilant for motorcycles during the warmer months, Bunner said.

“Motorcycles tend to blend into traffic and are commonly overlooked, especially when there are several lanes of traffic and during rush hour events, like what happened today,” Bunner said.

Motorcycles are often difficult to spot in traffic because they are smaller than cars, Bunner said.

Motorcyclists are reminded that West Virginia state law requires that all riders and passengers wear a helmet while riding, Bunner said.