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Famed motorcycle family member dies after crash



RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- The motorcyclist who was critically injured in a multi-vehicle crash on July 30 has died.

According to NHP Trooper Chuck Allen, 59-year-old Kevin J. Ness, brother of Arlen Ness, was thrown from his black 2008 Victory Vision motorcycle after his bike was struck by a vehicle on eastbound Interstate 80 near the Wells Avenue interchange.

Hundreds are flocking to post condolences on the Facebook page of Ness, whose family business is best known in the motorcycle industry for their customized choppers and hot rods.

Around 12:20 p.m., the driver of a silver-blue 1989 Toyota Camry, driven by 62-year-old Harry D. Preston of Corning, California, swerved to avoid a collision with a vehicle ahead that allegedly slowed for congested traffic. Preston failed to see the white 2007 PT Cruiser in the adjacent lane, driven by Robert K. Brackett of Ukiah, California, causing the two vehicles to collide. Brackett’s vehicle traveled into a nearby lane where it struck the motorcycle ridden by Ness.

The crash resulted in the closure of several eastbound freeway lanes while troopers completed their on-scene portion of the investigation. Once the comprehensive fatality crash report is completed, any and all criminal charges will be recommended to the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office for review, according to a NHP press release.

NHP is encouraging witnesses or anyone with additional information about this event to contact Trooper Doug Farris at
(775) 689-4614 or regarding case number NHP-140702711.