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Draper man killed attempting to slow speeding motorcycle

Posted at 12:38 PM, Apr 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-19 19:37:33-04

DRAPER, Utah — A Draper man was killed after he attempted to stop a motorcycle from speeding through his neighborhood on Monday, according to police.

Police said James Mair was struck by the motorcycle after he had stepped in the road near 900 East Rosefield Lane. Officials believe Mair was trying to slow the motorcyclist in the residential area.

"He had children and obviously it's normal for a dad to be concerned if they feel like somebody's driving too fast," said Lt. Pat Evans with the Draper Police Department.

After being hit, Mair was transported to the hospital in critical condition, but the 43-year-old died of his injuries Tuesday morning.

"He was the guy in the kitchen doing the dishes, he was the guy making the food, he was the guy coming in and telling his dear wife take a load off, I'm home," said Mair's brother-in-law, Clay Ah Quin.

Mair Family
James Mair and his family

A GoFundMe page set up for Mair said he was a father of five children.

"The sudden news of JD has been devastating, especially for his dear wife. In this moment there’s nothing we can do to bring him back but prayers for his dear family will be felt tremendously," the GoFundMe said.

James Mair
James Mair and his wife

Evans said the street where the accident occurred is a 25 mile per hour speed zone.

"When it happens in the neighborhood and let alone your own neighborhood, that makes it extra odd and extra traumatic," added Evans.

Ribbons were placed along the street to remember Mair, with friends and family paying their respects to the man they said made such an impact during his life.

"I think the biggest tribute we can pay to him is just to celebrate his life and the person he was and the example he was," said neighbor Bryce Davies.

James Mair
James Mair and one of his five children

The 19-year-old motorcyclist was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

An investigation into the accident and the speed of the motorcycle is currently underway.