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MSHP says motorcycle fatalities are up by 414%; Springfield father says helmet saved his son’s life

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop D says motorcycle fatalities are up by 414% from last year.

Troop D says 72 motorcyclists who died in crashes this year did not have helmets on. Under Missouri law, motorcyclists 26-years-old and older are not legally required to wear helmets anymore.

One Springfield father is still encouraging other riders to wear their helmets on the road. Scott Taylor’s son Trey got into a motorcycle wreck back in February. Taylor said he would have lost his son if he had not been wearing a helmet.

“It saved his life,” Scott Taylor said. “No helmet, he’s dead on the scene. Probably instantly.”

The incident left Trey with broken bones all over, a destroyed femur, and most concerning, traumatic brain injuries. He has been recovering for the last several months.

”Trey is doing pretty well,” Taylor said. “He’s progressing as well as the

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