Motorcyclist dies after crash caused by pothole - WSMV News 4

Motorcyclist dies after crash caused by pothole

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Wendy Sims (courtesy photo) Wendy Sims (courtesy photo)
Wendy Sims and Mark Love (courtesy photo) Wendy Sims and Mark Love (courtesy photo)

The 51-year-old Michigan grandmother who crashed her motorcycle into a large pothole on I-40 last week has died, her family confirmed with News4. 

Wendy Sims was riding behind a car on I-40 near Fesslers Lane and didn’t see the pothole until the last second, according to her boyfriend and riding partner Mark Love. 

News4 learned TDOT crews performed emergency pothole patching in the same location two days before the crash.

A spokesperson says they don’t know if crews fixed the specific pothole that caused the crash because there were so many in that area.

“Is there anything TDOT could have done to prevent this crash?" said BJ Doughty, TDOT Spokesperson. "I think it’s just unfortunate timing but certainly, that’s the nature of potholes.  You don’t know when they’re gonna happen.”

Sims' family doesn't agree. 

“That’s unacceptable to me," Love told News4 after the crash. "That girl’s laying in a bed [in the hospital] because of somebody’s negligence. Somebody should be held responsible for that.”

A fund has been set up to help the family. To donate, click here

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