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Requiescant in pace – August 2010

Posted in Harley-Davidson, R.I.P. with tags , , , , , , , on September 1, 2010 by bleiglass

I subscribed to Google news with certain key words, like “Harley-Davidson” and “Road King”, and first I was quite shocked to get on a daily basis email notifications of a fellow Harley driver who died in a accident and these news alerts are mainly limited to events in the US.

I think that in some cases one can learn from these tragic events, and I want to continue to produce this compilation, mentioning the fellow divers and passengers killed while doing what they most enjoyed.

R.I.P

1.8. The Springfield Police Department is investigating a two-vehicle, fatality crash that occurred at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Glenstone and Sunset. The crash involved a southbound Harley Davidson motorcycle and a northbound Toyota minivan that was turning west onto Sunset. 24-year-old Ryan Bonnarens of Springfield was on a Harley Davidson when he was hit by a minivan, and was pronounced dead a short time later. Speed on the part of the motorcycle operator is believed to be a significant factor in the crash.

1.8. A motorcyclist from Pinellas Park was killed Sunday morning when his cycle and an oncoming car making a turn collided, police said. The motorist, Celia Worley Ducharme, 77, was driving a Honda north on 34th Street S and attempting to turn left onto 22nd Avenue. At the same time, a Harley Davidson cycle driven by Dominick Devivo, 69, was going south on 34th Street, along with another cyclist. Ducharme, who told police she did not see the two cyclists at first, started her turn. While one cyclist split off and went to the rear of the car, the one driven by Devivo collided with the front of the car, police said. Devivo was pronounced dead at the scene. Ducharme, of St. Petersburg, suffered minor injures and was taken to Bayfront Medical Center.

2.8. A Milford man died after wrecking his 1978 Harley-Davidson near Syracuse on Sunday morning. The crash happened a little before 3 a.m. on Bowser Road, say police. Darin A. Hostetler, 42, was found pinned under his motorcycle in a bean field, several feet away from the road. The Kosciusko County F.A.C.T./Crash Investigation Team said Hostetler was traveling south on Bowser Road when he failed to make a sharp turn and continued on into the bean field. He was not wearing a helmet and died later in hospital.

3.8. Justin Dilks, 34, of Quincy, Mass. was riding north on Route 302 with three friends at 5:22 p.m. when he climbed to a standing position on the seat of his red 2004 Harley-Davidson Night Train and began waving with one hand. Dilks lost control and was pitched over the handlebars in the crash. Dilks, who was not wearing a helmet, was pronounced dead at the scene of severe head injuries. Marjorie Loonie, 47, of Melrose, Mass., was riding her black 2006 Harley-Davidson behind Dilks and crashed as she tried to avoid hitting him, police said. She was taken to Bridgton Hospital and then flown by helicopter to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. She also was not wearing a helmet.

Police said: “Most motorcyclists don’t do dangerous maneuvers like trick riding on the highway, thanks goodness it doesn’t happen often, or we’d see more of this.”

3.8. A Nappanee man died Tuesday in a motorcycle crash in Kosciusko County. The crash was reported just before 4:30 p.m. at Indiana 13 and Kosciusko County Road 500 North, just south of North Webster. Marvin Miller, 41, was riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle north on Indiana 13 when a Jeep heading south on the same road turned into Miller’s path. The driver of the Jeep, Ronald Schwartz Jr., 44, of Syracuse, was turning west onto County Road 500 North and stopped directly in the path of Miller’s motorcycle. Miller’s motorcycle went down on its side but continued to slide and then strike the Jeep. Miller died at the scene. He was not wearing a helmet.

4.8. Biker Ray Torres cheated death on Aug. 1, 2009, when a hit-and-run “cager” – what bikers call a car or truck driver – left him lying in an Arlington street with a mangled leg, facing six months of painful rehab. But his luck ran out about 4 a.m. Aug. 8, when he and his deep blue Dyna Low Rider Harley-Davidson tangled with another hit-and-run driver in Lewisville. Ray died at the scene, one of almost 500 people who die in motorcycle accidents each year in Texas. His passenger – 25-year-old Lindsay Willard Bently of The Colony – remains hospitalized at Parkland Memorial Hospital. Police have impounded a late-model SUV with front-end damage, but no arrests have been made. “It seems like God said we could have him for another year,” said Tina Marie Fairless, owner of Marie Red’s, a biker bar on Abram Street in Arlington.

4.8. A man who died when his motorbike collided with a car while he was travelling to a Harley Davidson event in Cornwall has been named. Jamie Holland, 50, from Buckhurst Hill, Essex, died on 30 July after the crash on the B3212 at Longdown, in Devon. The driver of the Honda Civic was uninjured, but Mr Holland died from his injuries. In a tribute, Mr Holland’s family said he was “a kind, gentle and loving soul”. Paramedics and the Devon Air Ambulance attended the incident which closed the road for six hours.

5.8. A motorcycle rider from North Carolina died Wednesday afternoon when he crashed his Harley Davidson bike while taking a curve. The collision was reported at about 5:40 p.m. after it happened on Highway 107 north of Mountain Rest, about 1.5 miles from the state line. Donald Ray Wilson, 63, of Woods Mountain Trail died at the scene, and he was wearing a helmet. Wilson was heading north on Highway 107 when his 2006 Harley Davidson bike crossed the center line in a curve which bears to the right. The motorcycle and its driver went off the road along the left shoulder, landing down an embankment at the base of a tree, he said. It appeared Wilson hit the brakes just before leaving the road, Addis said.

7.8. A motorcycle accident in Charles Mix County has cost a Wisconsin women her life. 57-year-old Lynn Dannecker of Greenfield, Wis. was a passenger on a Harley Davidson motorcycle when it appears the motorcycles rear tire blew out. The driver of the motorcycle, 62-year-old Laurence Maye, also of Greenfield, Wis., lost control and both the driver and passenger were thrown from the motorcycle. The passenger was pronounced dead at a hospital in Wagner and the driver was flown to a Sioux Falls hospital with life-threatening injuries. The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating.

7.8. A Montana woman has been killed in a motorcycle crash east of Cottonwood, in central South Dakota. The highway patrol says 63-year-old Diane Thompson of Boulder, Mont., was a passenger on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle that crashed about 2:40 p.m. Friday. The driver, 54-year-old Michael Anderson of Helena, Mont., suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The patrol says it’s believed the motorcycle’s rear tire suddenly lost air pressure, causing Anderson to lose control. The motorcycle slid into a ditch.

8.8. The Colorado State Patrol on Sunday a person killed in a motorcycle accident in a work zone on Intertate 25 in Larimer County on Thursday. James Williams, 51, of Ingleburn, New South Wales, Australia, died instantly when he rolled the 2007 Harley Davidson he was driving. Neither Williams nor his passenger, Julie Williams, were wearing helmets when they were thrown from the bike. Julie Williams was taken to the Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland in serious condition. The motorcycle rolled over as the driver attempted to change lanes from a milled surface onto new raised asphalt.

11.8. A motorcycle driver was killed Tuesday morning in an accident near McIntosh. Around 9:30 a.m. Dominic J. Mosbrucker, 52, of Mandan, N.D., was driving a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and a small trailer southbound on SD 65 near McIntosh when he lost control and went into the east ditch. Mosbrucker was thrown from his motorcycle and died at the scene.

11.8. Christopher Williams, 44, of Sturminster Newton in Dorset, died when he fell from his Harley-Davidson motorbike and was struck by a passing vehicle. The incident happened in Ramales de la Victoria, Cantabria, in the north of the country, on Saturday. The Foreign Office said the family of Mr Williams had been told and it was providing consular assistance. A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We can confirm the death of a British national in Ramales de la Victoria in Cantabria on 7 August.” Spanish police said it appeared Mr Williams was on his own when the accident happened and died immediately. A spokesman said: “It is not known why the man fell from his bike. The Civil Guard is investigating the incident.”

12.8. The South Dakota Highway Patrol responded to two fatal Sturgis motorcycle rally-related crashes.

Dennis Knouse, 52, of Huron, was killed after his 2002 Harley-Davidson motorcycle crossed the center line while traveling south on Silver City Road and struck a 2010 Harley-Davidson motorcycle driven by Thomas Barb, 52, of Garden City, Kan. Knouse was not wearing a helmet and died from his injuries. Barb was also not wearing a helmet and received minor injuries. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash; no citations were issued.

In a single-vehicle accident, Daniel Maddaus, 52, of Las Vegas, died after his 1997 Harley-Davidson motorcycle began to fishtail on U.S. Highway 83 south of Murdo. He lost control and went into the ditch. Maddaus was not wearing a helmet and was fatally injured in the crash.

At least nine other deaths this year are believed related to the rally being held this week. Last year, half a dozen deaths were believed related to the event.

15.8. Robert Cody Schoonover, 47, of Molalla died after he apparently lost control of his motorcycle while traveling westbound on Interstate 84, near Pendleton. Schoonover lost control of his 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle as it traveled off the roadway and onto the gravel shoulder near milepost 196, 11 miles from Pendleton. The motorcycle slid and rolled before coming to rest on the shoulder of the interstate. Officials do not believe there were any other cars or witnesses near the motorcycle when it crashed. A passing motorist found him and called for help. Troopers arrived on the scene at about 10:15 p.m. and pronounced Schoonover dead. Schoonover was driving his motorcycle with a suspended license

15.8. A New London man died when his motorcycle crashed into a pickup truck on Butler Road. Thomas J. Denes, 54, was driving south on Butler Road on a 2002 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic just before 11 p.m. when he drove over the center line at a hill crest south of Ohio 303 late Saturday night. He collided head-on with a 1998 Dodge pickup truck driven by Billy J. Teter, 33, of Wellington. “After he struck the truck, he continued south on the west side of the roadway, and the motorcycle kept tumbling down the hill,” Ohio State Highway Patrol reported. Denes was not wearing a helmet and suffered severe head injuries.

16.8. A Bruce Township man was killed today in a motorcycle-car accident, the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office said. Martin G. Waikel, 45, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident on southbound M-53 in Bruce Township at about 12:10 a.m., according to a sheriff’s news release. Authorities said Waikel’s 1997 Harley-Davidson was southbound when he tried to pass a 1998 Saab, hitting the left rear end of the Saab. No one in the car was hurt.

The sheriff’s office said this is the third motorcycle death in the township this year. Two people died in a March 18 crash on Fisher Road north of 32 Mile and a 68-year-old woman died May 28 on 32 Mile west of Mound.

16.8. The Nevada Highway Patrol says a Battle Mountain man was killed and his wife seriously injured when their Harley Davidson motorcycle crashed down a steep embankment in Churchill County. 66 year-old Michael S. Jurad died at the scene. The patrol says 44-year-old Mary Jurad was flown to a Reno hospital and was listed Monday in serious condition. The accident happened just before 10 a.m. Sunday on State Route 722. The NHP says the pair was riding with another couple who was ahead of them. After losing sight of the Jurads, they stopped to wait for them, then turned around and discovered the accident scene.

18.8. The Fremont Post of the Highway Patrol is investigating a two-vehicle fatal traffic crash in Sandusky County on Ohio 101. On Tuesday at about 10:13 p.m., The Fremont Patrol Post was dispatched to an injury crash on Ohio 101 near mile post 2, south of Clyde. When the Patrol arrived on the scene, they determined that Lana C. Adams, 16, of Clyde, driving a 1999 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight, was traveling northbound on Ohio 101 and Nicholas R. Darr, 24, of Clyde, riding a 2005 Harley Davidson Screaming Eagle Sportster motorcycle, was southbound on Ohio 101. The Oldsmobile drove left of center and struck the Harley Davidson head on. Darr was ejected. Adams was not injured and was wearing a seat belt. Darr was pronounced dead at the scene.

19.8. A 58-year-old Bellevue man died tonight when his motorcycle collided with a car on Highway 395 south of Deer Park. Richard P. Wittgenstein was riding his 2007 Harley-Davidson on the highway shortly before 5 p.m. when a northbound 2007 Chrysler Pacifica driven by Richard A. Handley, 65, of Loon Lake crossed over the center line, striking Wittgenstein in the southbound lane, according to Washington State Patrol. Wittgenstein, who was wearing a helmet, died at the scene. Handley sustained minor injuries that were treated at the scene.

19.8. A Fort Bliss soldier who was killed in a motorcycle crash on Aug. 18 has been identified. The crash happened around 6:45 p.m. at the intersection of Copia Street and Copper Avenue near Memorial Park in Central El Paso. The investigation conducted by police revealed 21-year-old Eric Spurgeon was operating a 2008 black Harley Davidson motorcycle south on Copia Street, when he lost control of the motorcycle and ran over the right curb, striking the cement bridge abutment, said police. Spurgeon was not wearing a helmet and was thrown from the motorcycle and died at the scene.

20.8. A motorcyclist has died after a collision involving a minibus on a road at a power station construction site in Pembrokeshire, say Dyfed-Powys Police. Andrew Llewellyn, 43, from Wiston, was on a Harley Davidson in the collision on the Pembroke Power Station approach road at 0655 BST on Thursday. Police said the Ford Transit minibus driver was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. The man, 52, was released on bail while further investigations are carried out.

20.8. Police are investigating a fatal crash this morning that occurred on Interstate 96 near Merriman Road. Johnny Weaver, a 54-year-old Livonia man was pronounced dead at the scene of the 2:13 a.m. crash. The man was riding a 2010 Harley-Davidson motorcycle on the eastbound side of the freeway when he struck the rear of another vehicle, police said. Investigators believe a white, tractor-trailer truck and a Ford pickup or SUV were involved in the crash. The other involved vehicle or vehicles left the crash scene.

21.8. A man was killed in a motorcycle accident late Friday night in Glendale. Police say the unidentified man lost control of his Harley-Davidson motorcycle while riding north on 51st Avenue, when he hit the curb on the east side of the road. Officer Gerald Sydnor said the cause of the crash is still under investigation. The rider was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene.

23.8. Butler County Sheriff Deputies investigate a motorcycle crash that killed a Xenia woman this weekend. 43 year old Gail Arnold lost control of her her 2007 Harley Davidson and slammed into a Jeep around 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The crash happened on Trenton Franklin Road in Madison Township, just outside of Middletown. Arnold was riding with her husband and a group of friends. Witnesses say she crossed the double line and hit the Jeep head-on. Arnold was thrown from the motorcycle into a nearby field. She was not wearing a helmet.

22.8. A 31-year-old New Hampshire man died in a motorcycle crash on I-81 in Union Township early Sunday. State police at Jonestown said Craig S. Collins of Epping, N.H., was traveling north on the interstate in the left lane when he fell backwards off of his 2006 Harley-Davidson Police Road King motorcycle at 8:37 a.m. Sunday. He slid on his left side along the shoulder of the roadway before hitting a guide rail between mile markers 88.8 and 88.9.

24.8. An Elk Grove man died and his wife was injured late Sunday night when their Harley-Davidson motorcycle struck the rear of a pickup truck on Interstate 80 west of Mace Boulevard. Donald J. Halverstadt, 44, was pronounced dead just before midnight at UC Davis Medical Center. Dana Halverstadt, 40, suffered injuries to her hands, knees and hips. Halverstadts were traveling east about 11:15 p.m. when their cycle veered left and hit the rear of the pickup.

24.8. A Knoxville man died Tuesday morning from injuries he received in a motorcycle crash in Fountain City Monday. According to Knoxville police, 55-year-old Bruce Arnold was traveling northbound just after 3:30 p.m. on his Harley Davidson behind a Pontiac Bonneville in the 5500 block of Broadway. When the driver of the Pontiac attempted to merge left into a turn lane, Arnold locked down the motorcycle in an attempt to avoid a collision, police said. Arnold crashed into the back of the car, he was wearing a skull cap helmet.

27.8. A Missouri bootheel resident was killed Thursday night while riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle along a New Madrid County highway. Troopers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol say just after 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 48-year-old Larry Taylor, of Matthews, Mo., was riding along Route-AA south of Miner, when he slammed into a cow on the road. The motorcycle ran off the pavement, overturned and threw the driver into the weeds. Taylor was pronounced dead at the scene. The cow was also killed in the accident.

28.8. A 49-year-old Worthington man, David R. “Pete” Sayers, was pronounced dead at an Indianapolis hospital as a result of injuries he received in a tragic head-on crash Friday evening. Rescue personnel were on the scene of the accident involving a motorcycle and pickup truck in the area of State Road 157 and Smith Ferry Road on the east edge of Worthington until late Friday. Sayers was operating a Harley Davidson motorcycle at the time of the crash. Jean Sayers, a passenger on the motorcycle, also sustained numerous serious injuries and remained in an Indianapolis hospital as of early Saturday.

29.8. Peter Corris, 54, and his 53-year-old wife Jacqueline, from Leyland, Lancashire, have been killed and several people have been left injured in a crash on the A9 in the Highlands. Northern Constabulary said the collision involving a car and motorcycle happened at about 1048 BST three miles south of Dalwhinnie. The man and woman on the bike died at the scene. Four people had to be cut free from the car. The crash comes on the same weekend as the annual Harley Davidson rally Thunder in the Glens, which is based at Aviemore, it is not known if the two dead had been attending the event. Thunder in the The Glen is the largest gathering of Harley Davidson enthusiasts in Scotland, attracting thousands of people from across Britain and Europe.

29.8. A woman who swerved in front of a motorcycle rider, who was killed in a crash on westbound Moreno (60) Valley Freeway, may be charged with misdemeanor manslaughter, it was reported today. Albert Jackson Welch, 59, died in the accident east of Day Street about 12:45 p.m. Saturday, authorities said. Stephanie Clation, 38, of Moreno Valley, allegedly swerved out of the fast lane and into the carpool lane into Welch’s path, according to a press report. Welch braked and the front tire of his Harley-Davidson struck the bumper of Clation’s car, throwing him off the bike, according to the California Highway Patrol. Welch was declared dead at Riverside County Regional Medical Center about an hour later.

29.8. A motorcyclist who was killed in an East Moline accident Saturday has been identified as Steve Lawson, 46, of Silvis, Ill. Lawson died of traumatic injuries to the chest and abdomen. The crash involved a Harley Davidson motorcycle and a Ford Escape sport utility vehicle, police said. Both drivers were transported to Genesis Medical Center, Illini Campus, Silvis, Ill., where Lawson was pronounced dead. The driver of the Ford was treated and then released. Lawson apparently lost control of the motorcycle and went down before sliding into the path of the Ford Escape. A witness thought the motorcycle was going too fast, so speed might be a factor. The rear wheel on the bike also was nearly bald, which could have contributed to the crash, police added.

29.8. An Athol man died Saturday night after crashing his motorcycle on U.S. Highway 95 in southern Bonner County. Mason L. Justin, 36, was driving north on Highway 95 about 7:30 p.m. when he crossed both southbound lanes near the intersection with Homestead Road, the Idaho State Police reported. The 1991 Harley Davidson went off the west side of the road and Justin was thrown from it. Justin was not wearing a helmet and died at the scene.

30.8. 63-year-old Donald Karns died from injuries he suffered while riding his motorcycle with his wife, Elizabeth, yesterday afternoon around 4:00. Karns was driving eastbound on State Route 444 and struck the passenger side of a pickup truck that was travelling west on Route 444. The pickup was attempting to turn left onto a 675 Southbound on ramp when Kurns’ 1949 Harley Davidson struck the side of the vechicle. Elizabeth did not suffer any serious injuries but Donald was transported to Miami Valley Hospital with life threatening injuries. He later died at Miami Valley just before 11 p.m. last night. Donald and Elizabeth were not wearing helmets.

30.8. A crash involving an SUV and a motorcycle killed one person and critically injured another, the Lake Wales Police Department reported Monday morning. The accident happened around 2:30 p.m. Sunday on Chalet Suzanne Road, near Eagle Ridge Mall. The driver of the motorcyle, Bruce E. Servo, 55, of Winter Haven, was killed, police reported. The injured person was his passenger, Elizabeth “Betty” Ann Servo, 53, also of Winter Haven. The preliminary accident report indicates that the Servos were riding east on Chalet Suzanne Road on their 2007 Harley-Davidson motorcycle when a 2004 Dodge Durango crossed into the motorcycle’s travel lane. Bruce Servo suffered major injuries from the impact with the Dodge and the secondary impact with the ground. He was pronounced dead at the scene by personnel from Polk County Emergency Medical Serivces. Neither motorcycle rider was wearing a helmet.

30.8. A 25-year-old man from St. Charles was killed late Sunday night in a motorcycle crash, police said. A few minutes before midnight, Nick Chester II was heading north in the 1600 block of Zumbehl Road, police said. Chester drove between two vehicles also heading north and struck a curb near Hawks Nest Drive. Police said the Harley-Davidson motorcycle was accelerating “at a high rate of speed” when Chester was thrown from the motorcycle and suffered a severe head injury. Chester was only wearing a skull cap.

31.8. A 67-year-old motorcyclist died after his Harley-Davidson was struck by an SUV in Morgan County. Daniel E. Lovegrove of Oakdale was killed about 9:36 p.m. on state Highway 299 near the intersection of Snow Hill Road, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Kenneth Sheldon. Lovegrove was riding south negotiating a left-hand curve when a northbound 1986 Ford Bronco negotiating a right-hand curve went into the southbound lane and hit his 2002 Harley, according to Sheldon’s report. The driver of the Bronco, Ellis Ray Hamby Jr., had been drinking, according to police.

Woodlawn-Sosebee Funeral Home’ Harley motorcycle-drawn carriage is styled after the horse-drawn carriage that carried Josey Wales.

I hope this list of fatal accidents for August 2010 is complete, but I fear it may not be. In the US alone, about 14 motorcycle drivers die every day. If you know of other tragedies involving drivers of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, please feel free to add them in their memories in the comment fields.

In the meantime, keep your distance, wear a helmet, maintain a safe speed and ride defensively. Have a safe journey.

Requiescant in pace – July 2010

Posted in Harley-Davidson, R.I.P. with tags , , , , , , on August 1, 2010 by bleiglass

I subscribed to Google news with certain key words, like “Harley-Davidson” and “Road King”, and first I was quite shocked to get on a daily basis email notifications of a fellow Harley driver who died in a accident. Note that these news alerts are mainly limited to events in the US.

I think that in some cases one can learn from these tragic events, and I want to continue to produce this compilation, mentioning the fellow divers and passengers killed while doing what they most enjoyed.

One worrying analysis came from Wisconsin, titled: “YES: States without helmet laws benefit from tourism” (here the link). The states money making as tourism may benefit, as will their undertakers.

Please drive safely and wear a helmet!

R.I.P

1.7. Alan Board, 47, of Flintstone, was killed early this morning when he wrecked his motorcycle during a police chase that started in Flintstone in north Walker County. The chase started when law enforcement was called to a domestic dispute at a residence at Ga. 193 and Ga. 2. Board jumped on a 2001 Harley Davidson motorcycle and fled, with Walker County sheriff’s deputies in pursuit. He was traveling 100 mph at times during the chase and eventually led police to Broad Street in Chattanooga, where he turned around and headed back to Georgia. As Board was rounding a curve at Chattanooga Valley Road and Ga. 193 in north Walker County, he lost control, overturned, struck a stop and was ejected from the motorcycle. The motorcycle was thrown 193 feet, landing in a field, he was pronounced dead on the scene.

1.7. A Raleigh man is dead after his motorcycle hit a tree early Thursday morning. Saline County sheriff’s deputies responded to a call at 1:36 a.m. of a motorcycle crash on northbound Illinois 34, about three miles north of Harrisburg. Police say that 29-year-old Matthew Howard was driving a 1994 Harley Davidson motorcycle on Illinois 34 when he ran off the road and struck a tree. Howard and a passenger, 27-year-old Tiffany King of Harrisburg, were taken to the Harrisburg Medical Center where Howard was pronounced dead. King was flown to Deaconess Hospital in Indiana with major injuries.

1.7. One person is dead after a motorcycle collided with a lawn mower in Coshocton County. It happened around 2 p.m. in Adams Mills at the intersection of State Route 16 and Bridge Street. A Harley-Davidson with a sidecar driven by 48-year-old Russell Hammond of Coshocton was traveling west on State Route 16. “A gentleman on a riding lawn mower was traveling to the north, passed in front of him off bridge street-passed in front of the motorcycle-and the motorcycle struck the lawn mower, ” says Sergeant Chuck Merryman. Hammond and the driver of the lawn mower 73-year-old George Holland of Conesville, were ejected from their vehicles. Hammond was taken by Med-Flight to Genesis Good Samaritan Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Holland was taken by Med-Flight to Grant Medical Center in Columbus where he is in fair condition. There were also three passengers on the motorcycle. Hammond’s wife 34-year-old Audra Hammond and four-year-old son were treated and released at the hospital. Their seven-year-old daughter was taken to Children’s Hospital in Columbus as a precaution.

2.7. A Roann businessman was killed Thursday night in a single-vehicle crash in Wabash County. Indiana State Police confirmed Steven Allen Brandt, 59, died aboard a Samaritan helicopter flight on the way to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne Thursday evening. Brandt, who has served as co-owner of Brandt’s Harley Davidson, Wabash, since 1973, was riding a 2009 Harley-Davidson Street Glide motorcycle south on CR 700W, north of CR 400N Thursday night. The motorcycle left the west side of the road and flipped at least once, ejecting Brandt before stopping in a ditch. Brandt was not wearing a helmet.


3.7. A correctional officer who served in Iraq with the Navy was killed early yesterday morning in an alleged hit-and-run accident in Worcester, officials said. Edmund Lindberg, 28, of Worcester, was driving his Harley-Davidson motorcycle on Blackstone River Road about 2 a.m. when he collided with the passenger side of a blue vehicle after that driver made an abrupt left turn into Lindberg’s path, Worcester police said in a statement. Lindberg was thrown from the motorcycle, police said, and the other driver continued traveling west on Whipple Street, located off Blackstone. Lindberg suffered extensive head trauma and was taken to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, where he was pronounced dead at about 2:30 a.m.

3.7. A 41-year-old man was killed Friday night when he lost control of his Harley Davidson FXR and struck a pole off Route 21 in Putnam, state police said. State police identified the victim as Putnam resident Edward James Tobey of Woodstock Avenue, who was pronounced dead at the scene. He had been riding south on the rural highway when the accident happened shortly before 11 p.m. Friday.

3.7. James Lee Anderson, 36, of Claremore was riding east on Oklahoma 20 when his 1998 Harley-Davidson hit a car that was turning left onto Oklahoma 20 from 150th East Avenue about 5:50 p.m., the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported. Anderson’s motorcycle struck the driver’s side of the 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser, which was driven by Andrew James Koon, 22, of Owasso, the OHP report says. Koon failed to yield, according to the OHP report. Anderson, who was not wearing a helmet, died at the scene.

3.7. A 48-year-old man, Darrell T. Moore of Leavittsburg, Ohio drove his 1993 Harley Davidson motorcycle on State Route 303, east of Snow Road in Windham Township in Portage County. Moore drove the vehicle eastbound on State Route 303, where he overturned. He was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene by the Portage County Coroners office. Moore was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. Alcohol is a suspected factor in the crash.

4.7. Frank B. Merritt, 48 of Milton, has been identified as the motorcylcist who died following a 9:50 p.m. accident Saturday on Highway 90 near Diamond Street. According to the FHP report, Ryan L. Johnson, 23 of Century, was stopped at Diamond Street and attempted to make a left turn on to Highway 90. As Johnson made a left turn onto Highway 90 the front of Merritt’s Harley Davidson struck the side of Johnson’s Chevy C-1500. Merritt was ejected onto the pavement following the impact and his Harley Davidson came to final rest on its left side across both eastbound lanes of Highway 90. Merritt was transported to West Florida Hospital by Lifeguard Ambulance Service and later transferred to Sacred Heart Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

4.7. Eugene Weeks, 43, of Aiken, was traveling north on S.C. 19 near Highway 191 on his 1996 Harley-Davidson when he lost control “spilling himself into the roadway,” sliding more than 200 feet. He was then struck by a 2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by 26-year-old Keivea Moore of Edgefield, also traveling north. Moore told investigators that she did not see Weeks lying in the road when the incident occurred. Moore was not injured. The accident happened around 11:45 p.m. According to Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton, investigators are not sure how long Weeks was in the road before he was struck. There is no information at this point that Moore contributed to Weeks’ death, Carlton said that it appeared that Weeks died from injuries he sustained when he wrecked his motorcycle. He was not wearing a helmet, according to the Highway Patrol.

5.7. Vacaville man dies in motorcycle accident

5.7. A crash occured when Lawrence E. Mclauglin, 58, of Lewes , was operating a 2005 Harley Davidson northbound on SR 1 approaching Old Mill Road. For unknown Reasons Mclaughlin exited the east edge of the road and continued north along the grassy portion of the roadway until the motorcyle struck a tree. Mclauglin was ejected. He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Mclauglin was flown to Beebe Hospital in Lewes where he was pronounced dead.


5.7. A retired central Maine police officer was killed in a motorcycle accident in Oakland Friday night. 62-year-old Larry Violette was riding his Harley Davidson on Kennedy Memorial Drive around 6:30 p.m. when the accident happened. No other vehicles were involved, but officials say it appears Violette lost control of his bike after passing another vehicle. Oakland Fire Chief David Coughlin said ” It appears the motorcyclist was heading westbound into Oakland went to pass a vehicle, came back into the travel lane, lost control, hit a guardrail leading up to a bridge.” Violette was a retired police officer from Skowhegan Police Department. Officials say Violette was not wearing a helmet.


5.7. A 53-year-old man died on his Harley Davidson motorcycle Sunday night after broadsiding a truck on South Congress Avenue. At 10:19 p.m., Austin police responded to a crash at South Congress Avenue near St. Edward’s University . Police said a preliminary investigation showed a 2005 Chevrolet pickup was exiting a private drive on the west side of the road. The motorcycle was traveling southbound on South Congress Avenue when it T-boned the driver’s side of the Chevrolet. Austin-Travis County EMS transported the motorcyclist to University Medical Center Brackenridge , where he was pronounced dead. He was not wearing a helmet.

5.7. A Clear Lake man died early Sunday after the motorcycle he was riding apparently collided with a deer in Crow Wing County, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Thomas C. White, 63, was pronounced dead at a hospital in Crosby, according to the State Patrol. He was riding a Harley-Davidson at about 1 a.m., heading south on U.S. Highway 169 when the crash happened about one mile south of Garrison, according to the Patrol.

5.7. A second man participating in a cross-country Harley-Davidson race has died — this time in a crash on an Alaska highway. Alaska State Troopers say 63-year-old Kenneth J. Greene of Ocala, Fla., died after crashing his motorcycle Sunday afternoon on the Glenn Highway near the Matanuska Glacier. Troopers say Greene was participating in the Hoka Hey Challenge, an 8,300-mile motorcycle race starting in Key West, Fla., and ending in Homer, Alaska. The race has been marred with several accidents. Another man died participating in Wyoming after he evidently fell asleep while riding. Troopers say the Alaska crash happened after Greene drove onto the shoulder and lost control of his bike. He was ejected from the Harley and died at the scene.

5.7. Brenton Hubley, 21, was pronounced dead at 1 p.m. today at Rockford Memorial Hospital. He died from a traumatic brain injury sustained in the crash, according to a news release from the Winnebago County coroner’s office. Hubley was in critical condition Saturday afternoon after he crashed his 2001 black Harley-Davidson motorcycle while traveling southbound on Owen Center Road. At the time, his 36-year-old sister and her boyfriend were riding a motorcycle in front of him. As the motorcycles slowed to turn west onto Elmwood Road, Hubley lost control and crashed in the middle of the roadway, police said.

7.7. A man was killed in motorcycle crash (Jamestown Sun) The patrol has not released the name of the 65-year-old man driving a 2007 Harley Davidson north on ND Highway 1806 around 10 pm

7.7. One person died and two people were hospitalized late Tuesday night when a motorcycle slammed into a car. John Harlan, 36, of Colorado Springs, died shortly after 11 p.m. Tuesday at the scene of the crash. Harlan was riding a 2009 Harley-Davidson south on Powers Boulevard when he hit a 1998 BMW sedan turning left onto Powers Boulevard from a stop sign on Grinnel Boulevard, according to police. The passenger of the motorcycle, 35-year-old Yovanne Medina, suffered serious injures while the driver of the BMW, 44-year-old Jacqualine Brown, suffered moderate injuries. There was no passenger in the BMW. Neither Harlan nor Medina was wearing a helmet.

10.7. A 29-year-old woman was killed Friday night in a motorcycle crash in Somerville, Massachusetts State Police said. Sinead M. Lovett, of Braintree, was a passenger on a 2003 Harley-Davidson that crashed into the curb on Route 28 South near Mystic Avenue. The woman and Richard Migliacci, 37, of Somerville, who was driving were both thrown from the motorcycle. Both victims were taken to Massachusetts General Hospital where Lovett was pronounced dead. Migliacci suffered serious injuries.

11.7. An Aloha man died on U.S. 97 Saturday night after he failed to negotiate a curve on Highway 97 about 11:45 p.m. William R. Anderson, 60, was northbound about two miles north of Moro when to failed to make a curve, hit a guardrail and was thrown from his Harley Davidson, according to Oregon State Police. He was then hit by two commercial trucks traveling southbound who were unable to avoid him, police said.

12.7. Shreveport police crash investigators are looking into an accident that claimed a Bossier City man’s life early Sunday morning. William Harper, 33, died of injuries he received when his motorcycle crashed on Clyde Fant Parkway near its intersection with Crockett Street in downtown Shreveport about 4:20 a.m. Sunday. Harper was headed east on a 2009 Harley Davidson motorcycle when he apparently lost control and ran off the road, hitting a fence. He was taken to LSU Hospital in Shreveport, where he died.

13.7. A Middletown motorcyclist was killed when his bike slammed into the rear of a car on Mountain Road in Greenville late Sunday afternoon. Bennett Gentile, 55, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 5 p.m. accident. A vehicle driven by a 44-year-old New Windsor man was turning left onto Mountain Road from Springbrook Road when Gentile rode over a crest and struck the rear of the car, throwing him onto the back of the car.

13.7. A 37-year-old Baltimore County Police officer was killed over the weekend after crashing his Harley Davidson motorcycle in Jarrettsville. State Police have identified the officer as William Anderson III of Jarrettsville. The crash happened at around 2:30 Sunday afternoon on northbound MD 165 at Nelson Mill road. Anderson was traveling northbound on MD 165 behind a 1996 Chevrolet pickup truck. The driver of the pickup truck stopped to make a left turn onto Nelson Mill Road and Anderson did not stop. He slammed into the back of the truck and was thrown from his motorcycle. Anderson was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. He was pronounced dead shortly after he arrived.

15.7. A 34-year-old York County Prison corrections officer was killed Wednesday night after his motorcycle was hit by a car turning into a convenience store in Manchester Township. Jonathan Sowers of West Manchester Township died when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a vehicle that was turning into the Rutter’s Farm Store on Roosevelt Avenue, near Greenbriar Road, at 11:26 p.m. Wednesday, according to Northern York County Regional Police. Sowers was heading north on Roosevelt Avenue on a 2006 Harley-Davidson Road King when he was struck by a southbound 2004 Hyundai Sonata driven by a 17-year-old Manchester Township girl, police said. Sowers died from multiple blunt-force trauma and was not wearing a helmet.

17.7. A man died in south Edmonton Saturday after being flung from his motorcycle off a freeway ramp and falling 10 metres to the road below. The 37-year-old crashed his Harley-Davidson into the retaining wall of the southbound exit ramp from Anthony Henday Drive onto Calgary Trail. The driver flew over the railing and landed in the second inside lane on the road below. His body then slid 12 metres into the mud on the side of the road. Manz said it was lucky nobody else was injured. “With the deceased flying through the air and landing on the road here, he could have landed on a car and caused multiple injuries,” he said. It was also fortunate the wrecked motorcycle didn’t hit other vehicles when it slid across four lanes of traffic after bouncing off the wall. The driver was wearing a “a skull cap” rather than an approved helmet, though he said the difference would not have saved the victim’s life.


17.7. Two people killed Friday in a motorcycle accident Whitman County have been identified. William and Kathleen Russell, both of Albion, were killed after their 2005 Harley Davidson collided with a truck on Pullman–Albion Road. The Russells were westbound on Pullman-Albion near State Route 27, when a truck, driven by Brandon Reynolds, 27, of Moscow, attempted to turn left into a private driveway in front of them, the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office said. Kathleen Russell, 59, was pronounced dead at the scene. William Russell, 55, was transported to Pullman Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

17.7. A 68-year-old North Dakota man died Saturday night when the motorcycle he was riding hit a deer north of Red Lodge. Ronald Shaide, of Cartwright, N.D. was riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle northbound on Highway 212 when, at about 8:30 p.m., it struck a deer in the road a few miles north of Red Lodge. The motorcycle crashed and the man, who was not wearing a helmet, was taken by ambulance to Beartooth Hospital in Red Lodge. He was declared dead at the hospital.

18.7. Just after 12:30 a.m. this morning a couple on a motorcycle skidded into oncoming traffic on Putty Hill Avenue in Baltimore County killing the female passenger. The victim, Kimberly Jean Bortell, was riding on the back of her husband’s 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle when he lost control of the bike. The motorcycle skidded onto its right side and crossed the center line on Putty Hill Avenue and crashed into the front left tire of an oncoming 2001 Chevy Tahoe. Kimberly Bortell was thrown from the motorcycle and struck the Chevy. According to Baltimore County Police she died on impact.

18.7. A female motorcyclist was killed when she lost control and struck a tree shortly after midnight Sunday, July 18, in the area of Kyles Station and Oak Creek Trail. Carol L. Boyd, 53, of Franklin, was traveling east on Kyles Station Road riding a 2010 Harley Davidson when the crash occurred, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. Boyd was not wearing a helmet when she lost control and struck a tree; she was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

18.7. The Elyria Post of the Ohio State Patrol are investigating a fatal accident that happened Sunday afternoon on State Route 82, west of Station Road. Michelle Schneider-McGuire, of North Ridgeville drove a 2001 Honda CRV westbound on state route 82. She stopped behind a car that was waiting to make a left turn. Ronald Phillips, of Medina drove a 2010 Harley Davidson westbound on the same road. Ronald’s daughter, 12-year-old, Abigail Phillips, rode on the rear-seat of the motorcycle. Ronald Phillips hit the back of Schneider-McGuire’s stopped car, and both he and his daughter were ejected from the Harley Davidson. Ronald Phillips was pronounced dead at the scene. Abigail Phillips was taken to Southwest General Hospital, and later to the MetroHealth hospital. Schneider-McGuire was uninjured in the accident. Abigail Phillips was wearing a safety helmet. Ronald Phillips did not have a helmet on.

19.7. Brian L. Swisher, 42, of Rittman, was driving a 1977 Harley-Davidson south on Seville Road, just south of Sterling Road in Milton Township, at 5:43 p.m., when he failed to negotiate a curve. Swisher then lost control of his motorcycle and went down an embankment into a creek. Both Swisher and his passenger, Endora Garcea, 40, of Creston, were ejected from the motorcycle, authorities said. Swisher was pronounced dead at the scene. Garcea sustained incapacitating injuries and was transported by medical helicopter to Akron General Medical Center, where she was listed in serious condition on Sunday. Authorities said no helmets were in use, and alcohol appears to be a factor in the crash.

23.7. A Morgantown man is dead after his motorcycle collided with a truck on Route 705. Police say Dennis Robinson, 60, was riding his Harley Davidson on Route 705 when a Comcast truck, traveling in the opposite direction, turned left onto an access road colliding with Robinson. Robinson passed away from his injuries at Ruby Memorial Hospital. The truck was driven by Nelson Nyirongan, 30, of Castle-Shannon, Pennsylvania. He was not injured in the accident.

24.7. There has been a deadly motorcycle accident in Lapeer County. Jeffrey Todahl was southbound on Lapeer Road Friday, near Barnes Lake Road, when his Harley Davidson was hit from behind. Todahl had slowed down to make a left hand turn into a driveway. The motorcycle, and the car that hit it, were pushed into the northbound lane. Todahl was killed. His 17-year-old son, who was on the back of the bike, is in the hospital in serious condition.

25.7. Two people on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle were killed when their bike was rear ended by a minivan in Eden Valley. Sarah L. Klein, 30, driver of the minivan is being held on possible charges of fourth-degree DWI and criminal vehicular operation. Saturday afternoon’s crash on Minnesota Highway 55 killed 50-year-old James R. Nelson and 43-year-old Amy J. Langford. They are both from Spicer.

25.7. A motorcyclist was killed when she lost control of her bike, hitting a guardrail and several trees, police said. Officers were called to the intersection of County Road 800 South and County Road 600 West just after 4 p.m. on Saturday. Police said Cynthia Smart, 50, of rural Jamestown, was driving a Harley-Davidson Sportster when she lost control in a curve and ran off the road. Smart was ejected from the bike and thrown. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said Smart was not wearing a helmet.

26.7. A Gardner man was allegedly traveling more than 80 mph and passing cars on Route 56 in the minutes before his motorcycle struck a guardrail, leaving him dead Saturday evening. A fellow motorcyclist was charged with drunken driving. Peter Lombardo, 37, was riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle northbound about 6 p.m. Saturday when the accident occurred. Mr. Lombardo was rushed to St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester by Leicester EMS, but was soon pronounced dead, according to police. Harley Ellis of Gardner was riding with Mr. Lombardo on a separate motorcycle. Mr. Ellis told an officer he was unsure how the accident happened but realized something was wrong when he saw his friend’s motorcycle “traveling alongside of him . . . without him on it.” Mr. Lombardo’s motorcycle traveled about 200 yards from the point of impact. Mr. Ellis was charged with drunken driving, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and speeding.


27.7. A 49-year-old woman was killed Saturday after the motorcycle she was riding on collided with a car on Route 5. Sgt. Matthew Baker of the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office said Jean Fisher of Leeds and her 46-year-old husband, Joseph Fisher, of Leeds were thrown from their 2007 Harley-Davidson Road King. Joseph was driving the motorcycle north when it struck the back of a station wagon driven by 61-year-old Peter Ellsworth of Bedford, Mass., at the intersection with North Lovell Road. “The car stopped to make a left-hand turn,” Baker said. “For whatever reason the motorcycle didn’t see that the car had stopped and was unable to stop in time.” Baker said neither Joseph nor Jean was wearing a helmet. Jean died of blunt force trauma to the head, and Joseph was taken to Bridgton Hospital and then to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston with injuries that were not considered life-threatening. Ellsworth was not hurt in the accident.

27.7. A 55-year-old Rochester woman is dead and her husband is hospitalized after their motorcycle crashed during a charity ride in memory of a relative who also died in a motorcycle crash. Lucille and Mark Rabideau were leading a ride of about 10 people in memory of Mark’s brother Tom, who died after suffering a heart attack while riding his motorcycle several years ago. State Police say Mark Rabideau lost control of his Harley Davidson and hit a guard rail along the Lake Ontario State Parkway Sunday afternoon. He and his wife were thrown from the bike, which burst into flames. Both were taken to Strong Memorial Hospital, where Lucille Rabideau later died. Mark Rabideau was listed in guarded condition Monday with internal and leg injuries.

27.7. An eastern Indiana man was killed when a motorcycle he was riding collided with a deer near the town of Brookville south of Connersville. A witness told police that around 5:15 Monday afternoon, a 1996 Harley Davidson Heritage hit the deer head-on near St. Mary’s Road just south of Wolf Creek Road. The witness said the motorcycle went down and pulled the driver, 61-year-old Roy Miller, of Brookville, about 80 feet along the pavement. Police said Miller was not wearing a helmet. Medics pronounced him dead at the scene.

30.7. A motorcylist has died in a car accident in Devon while travelling to an Harley Davidson event in Cornwall. The man, 50, from Buckhurst Hill, Essex, was travelling to Cornwall for a Harley Davidson camping weekend when the incident happened. Paramedics and the Devon Air Ambulance attended the incident at about 1120 BST on the B3212 at Longdown, near Exeter. The driver of the car, a Honda Civic, was not injured.

Did you Know… that there are about 40 motorcycle hearse companies in the United States, there is even an “American Motorcycle Hearse Association”


I hope this list of fatal accidents for July 2010 is complete, but I fear it may not be. In the US alone, about 14 motorcycle drivers of all kind of brands die every day. If you know of other tragedies involving drivers of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, please feel free to add them in their memories in the comment fields.

Have a safe journey

Requiescant in pace – June 2010

Posted in Harley-Davidson, R.I.P. with tags , , , , , , , on July 1, 2010 by bleiglass

I subscribed to Google news with certain key words, like “Harley-Davidson” and “Road King”, and first I was quite shocked to get on a daily basis email notifications of fellow Harley driver or their passengers who died in a accident.

I think that in some cases one can learn from these tragic events and how they unfolded, and I want to continue to post this compilation, mentioning the fellow divers and passengers killed while doing what they most enjoyed, riding a Harley-Davidson.

Please drive safely and wear a helmet! The list in June 2010 is much too long…

R.I.P

1.6. A Carthage motorcyclist was killed Tuesday evening when a car pulled into his path. Charles S. Axtell, 51, was driving southbound on his Harley Davidson motorcycle on county road 110 just east of Carthage. Meanwhile, a 1997 Cadillac, driven by Jimmie D. Johnson, 74, of Reeds stopped at an intersection and then pulled into the path of Axtell’s motorcycle.

2.6. A Riverdale, N.D., man was killed Sunday evening in a crash while driving across the Garrison Dam on Lake Sakakawea, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. The patrol said the 61-year-old man, whose name has not been released, was driving a 1999 Harley-Davidson westbound on N.D. Highway 200 over the dam when he failed to negotiate a left-hand curve and struck the guardrail. The motorcycle flipped, ejecting the rider, and landed on the rip-rap on the north face of the dam. The rider landed on the shoulder of the roadway and pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a helmet.

7.6. Timothy W. Williams, 37, of Sapulpa was headed west on Interstate 44 near 33rd West Avenue when he hit a barrier wall about 2:15 a.m., according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. He was thrown from the 2007 Harley-Davidson, hit a road sign and tumbled down a steep cement embankment before landing on Interstate 244’s eastbound shoulder, troopers said. Williams wasn’t wearing a helmet and died at the scene from massive injuries, the OHP reported.

8.6. Two people from St. Albert are dead after their motorcycle collided with a pickup just south of Barrhead on Highway 33 near Township Road 564. Diane and Edward Rensch were killed Sunday after their Harley-Davidson collided with a pickup truck on Highway 33 shortly before 1:30 p.m. The pickup turned off the highway onto a country road and into the path of the motorcycle, Stony Plain RCMP said. The Harley hit the truck, killing Edward Rensch, 54, and severely injuring his wife Diane, who was riding with him. When police arrived, the motorcycle was under the front of the truck.

11.6. A man from downstate Chebanse was killed when he lost control of a Harley Davidson motorcycle late Thursday in a construction zone on I-57 near south suburban Country Club Hills. 51-year-old Richard King was driving a 1994 Harley Davidson southbound in a construction zone near I-80 when he lost control and was thrown from the motorcycle. King was not wearing a helmet and suffered severe head trauma. The wreck occurred on uneven roadway where workers are resurfacing the roadway and where the speed is reduced to 45 mph.

11.6. A California man en route to a motorcycle rally in Baker County, Ore., died when his bike left the road and crashed into several boulders in a roadside ditch. Glenn Scott Joyce, 58, of Alturas, California, was northbound on Highway 395 south of Riley, Ore., when his 2002 Harley Davidson went onto the highway shoulder and into a ditch, where his motorcycle struck several boulders. Joyce was part of a group of motorcyclists that were en route to Halfway, Ore., in Baker County in northeastern Oregon for the Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally.

12.6. Aron Clifford Hallum, 22, of Asheville, was charged late Friday with felony hit and run and driving while license revoked. The victim was identified as Johnnie Nelson Faircloth Jr., 36, of Asheville. Police said the suspect fled the scene after a 2008 Harley Davidson was struck about 3 p.m. by a 2000 Suzuki Forenza in the area of 7 Tunnel Road. The car was headed west when the driver lost control, crossed all lanes of traffic and struck the motorcycle head-on. There were two people on the Harley and both were thrown from the motorcycle. The motorcycle driver sustained critical injuries and died at Mission Hospital. His female passenger sustained injuries.

The Suzuki driver Hallum ran from the scene on foot, leaving behind the rental car and two passengers.

12.6. A 41-year-old man was killed when his 1996 Harley Davidson motorcycle crashed into a sign post in the median of Route 5 early this morning. David P. Jones, of Westmoreland, was westbound on Route 5 at 1:57 a.m. when he lost control of his motorcycle in the intersection with Commercial Drive. The bike veered to the left and drove up onto a concrete median. The 1996 Harley hit the Department of Transportation pole — which was marking the median with a reflector — and Jones was ejected near Jay-K Lumber.

12.6. A fatal crash involving a motorcycle closed the MacArthur Causeway for nearly four hours on Saturday night. Around 6 p.m. police and fire rescue responded to an accident involving a motorcycle near the entrance to Jungle Island. According to traffic homicide detectives at the scene, a Harley-Davidson and a white four-door sedan crashed. Two people on the motorcycle were thrown into the air and landed on the roadway. The female motorcycle passenger died on the scene.

13.6. A motorcycle accident in East Otto claimed the life of a Cattaraugus County man Saturday night. The driver of the Harley Davidson bike was traveling north on Hammond Hill Road when he struck a ditch and was ejected from the bike. The man was wearing a helmet at the time, but suffered severe trauma to his upper body. The motorcyclist was flown by Mercy Flight to E.C.M.C. where he later died from his injuries.

13.6. A motorcycle crash leaves one man dead and sends a woman to the hospital after an early morning accident Saturday. Police say the man was driving the Harley Davidson motorcycle east on Sweeney Street in North Tonawanda just after midnight Saturday morning when he lost control near South Meadow and slammed into a pole. The woman was riding on the back of the bike. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, the woman’s current condition is unknown.

13.6. A Jackson Township motorcyclist was killed when he collided with an ambulance taking an elderly woman to the hospital. Charles Childs, 27, was riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle on North Hope Chapel Road shortly before midnight when he crossed the center line and hit the southbound ambulance, police said. The crew from the Jackson First Aid Squad immediately jumped out of the ambulance to assist Childs, authorities said. He was later pronounced dead at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune.

13.6. John Nelson Bunton, 50, of Pahrump, and his girlfriend, Sandra Ann Kozy, 53, of Pahrump, were planning to get married in October, said Pete Hagge, deputy coroner and deputy sheriff in Nye County. Both were killed when the Harley-Davidson trike they were riding crashed at milepost 39 as they were driving south on U.S. 95. No other vehicles were involved in the crash. The trike – a three wheeler – drifted off the right side of the road into a shoulder made of dirt and rock. Kozy, who was the passenger, was thrown from the vehicle. Bunton, the driver, died from injuries he suffered after the trike struck a barbed-wire fence.

13.6. A West Falls man died when his 1999 Harley-Davidson motorcycle missed a curve on McKinstry Road, the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office reports. Daniel H. Lynch, 50, of Davis Road, struck a guard rail and a sign post, suffering full body trauma. He was thrown from his motorcycle and pronounced dead at the scene.

14.6. Two people died Sunday night after a motorcycle crash in northwest suburban Elk Grove Village. Police responded to Higgins Road and Seegers Avenue for a black Harley Davidson motorcycle that crashed. A man driving the motorcycle west on Higgins Road was dead on the scene while a passenger was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead. Brandon Heller, 31, of Schaumburg, and an unidentified female of an unidentified age were both pronounced dead.

15.6. A man was killed and his wife was injured early Tuesday when they were thrown from their motorcycle after running into a barbecue that had fallen onto a North County freeway. The couple, identified as David Jensen, 49, and Bernadine Jensen, 52, of Lakeside, were heading south on Interstate 15 just north of Via Rancho Parkway on a 2005 Harley-Davidson. They were traveling in the fast lane when they struck the barbecue, which had fallen off a vehicle. The impact sent the grill rolling into one of the middle lanes, where it was hit by 2008 Toyota Prius being driven by a 31-year-old Carlsbad woman, authorities said. The car hit the barbecue and then struck David Jensen. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife suffered a broken left ankle and other injuries and was taken to a hospital, Newbury said. The driver of the Toyota stopped. Officers are investigating and will determine if there were any witnesses who saw the barbecue come off the vehicle. If that driver can be located and it can be proved that the driver was aware that something fell out of the vehicle, the motorist could face criminal charges or be held civilly liable. According to state law, the only thing that can legally come off a moving vehicle is water and bird feathers.

15.6. Two people died and another was seriously injured Tuesday afternoon in a head-on collision between a motorcycle and a car on the Highway 4 bypass, just west of Lone Tree Way, California Highway Patrol Officer said. A silver 1995 Honda Civic was traveling west when a black Ford F-250 towing a wakeboard-style boat swerved into the Civic’s lane. The driver of the Civic, a 19-year-old Antioch woman, was forced to cross the double-yellow line, directly into the path of a 2000 Harley-Davidson motorcycle that was traveling east. The male driver of the blue Harley-Davidson died at the crash site. A female passenger was thrown from the motorcycle and later died at an Antioch hospital. The driver of the Civic had serious leg injuries, but her condition is not considered life-threatening.

This was the fourth fatality and the second in two months on the bypass between Antioch and Brentwood since it began opening in stages eight years ago. Originally hailed as a saving grace for road-weary drivers, the bypass has drawn criticism from motorists who find parts of it congested and unsafe.

17.6. A motorcyclist returning home to northeastern Pennsylvania from a trip to New Hampshire with friends was the victim of a fatal crash in Sheffield. Travis Whitcomb, 42, of Bath, Pa., was killed when a pick-up truck collided with his 2010 Harley-Davidson motorcycle on Route 7 at the intersection with Clayton Road. Whitcomb was traveling southbound on the state highway leading a group of several friends also on motorcycles and in a car. Whitcomb was struck when the truck, a Dodge Dakota pick-up driven by 80-year-old Mario Sebben of East Canaan, Conn., crashed into the biker.

17.6. One person is dead and another injured after a motorcycle crash in the 1600 block of Rockingham Road in southwestern Davenport. The accident happened just after midnight. The Harley Davidson motorcycle left the roadway, traveled across the parking lot here before slamming into a fence and guardrail. The male driver was killed, his female passenger injured. The motorcycle was westbound on Rockingham Road when the driver missed the curve at Sturdevant Street. A witness says the driver was traveling at a high rate of speed at the time of the crash.

18.6. A silver Honda was traveling southbound on Emerald Forest Dr. and slowed to turn left onto a side street. An orange Harley-Davidson motorcycle, driven by Paul Hernandez, was also traveling southbound on Emerald Forest Dr. The motorcycle failed to slow down in time, ran into the back of the Honda, and Hernandez was ejected from the motorcycle. Austin/Travis County EMS transported Hernandez to University Medical Center with serious injuries, where he was pronounced dead. The Travis County Medical Examiners Office advised that Hernandez had a blood alcohol concentration of .24

19.6. A motorcyclist was killed after hitting a deer that was crossing the highway in Sherburne County late Friday evening. The Minnesota State Patrol said the motorcyclist, who was not immediately identified, was traveling southbound on Highway 25 near County Road 48 in Sauk Rapids, Minn. when was involved in a collision with a deer. The motorcyclist, who was on a Harley Davidson, died of injuries sustained in the crash.

19.6. A 37-year-old Central Falls man was thrown from his motorcycle and killed early Saturday morning while driving on Route 95 north in Pawtucket. Jamie Marin was pronounced dead at the scene by the state medical examiner. Before the accident, witnesses observed a motorcycle operating erratically, changing lanes at a high rate of speed, as it entered Route 95 from downtown Providence. Marin, driving a 2007 Harley Davidson, traveled north on Route 95 in the far right travel lane, and about 200 feet south of the School Street exit ramp in Pawtucket, struck the jersey barrier on the right side of the highway. Marin was thrown from the motorcycle and came to rest on a grass embankment 58 feet from the point of impact. He was not wearing a helmet, state police said. The motorcycle skidded across the highway, ending up in the high-speed breakdown lane about 800 feet from the accident.

19.6. Johnny Ray Bubert, 59, of McGregor died Friday night when his motorcycle left a rural road in Coryell County. Bubert was riding his 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle east on County Road 303 near Oglesby at around 8:45 p.m. when he lost control of the motorcycle as he tried to round a curve.

20.6. A Pullman man was pronounced dead at the scene of a motorcycle crash in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 96 near Nunica on Saturday afternoon. Chauncey Robert Reynolds, 45, lost control of his 2009 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic Silver and went off the south side of I-96 into a stand of trees about three quarters of a mile east of the Nunica exit, Lt. Steve Kempker of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department said. Witnesses have indicated that Reynolds was traveling above the speed limit.

20.6. A 45-year-old woman riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle was killed and the driver seriously injured on Route 78 this morning, after their vehicle was hit by another motorcycle. The driver of the Suzuki motorcycle was later arrested and charged with drunk driving. Nicole Widener died at the scene, the driver of the Harley Davidson she was riding with, Paul Shelley, 56, was taken to the hospital with leg and other injuries. He was listed in critical condition. The driver of the other motorcycle, Maurice Smith, 36, of Patchogue, N.Y., was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. He was later arrested after it was determined his blood-alcohol level was over the legal limit. Widener and Shelley, both of Stewartsville, Pa., were riding in the center lane of Route 78 when Smith passed them at a higher rate of speed. Smith’s 2009 Suzuki made contact with the Harley’s rear wheel, ejecting Widener and Shelley from the vehicle. Widener was thrown into the roadway, where she was run over by a passing vehicle. That car did not stop.

21.6. Police identified a 61-year-old Knoxville man who died when the Harley Davidson motorcycle he was riding slammed into a guardrail. Bobby J. Tankersley died in the 12:44 a.m. Sunday crash on the Interstate 640 East ramp to Interstate 40 East. Tankersley was on his way home when he failed to negotiate a curve on the ramp, causing the motorcycle to slide and strike the guardrail. Tankersley, who was wearing a helmet, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said alcohol and speed contributed to the crash of the 2001 motorcycle.

21.6. A North Dakota woman died Sunday afternoon from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident on U.S. Highway 85 just south of Ludlow. Lisa A. Knudson, 42, of Williston, N.D., was a passenger on a 2000 Harley Davidson driven by Kim Knudson, 43, also of Williston. Kim Knudson apparently lost control of the motorcycle in a construction zone. The driver and the passenger were thrown from the motorcycle. Lisa Knudson was then hit by a 1988 Harley Davidson driven by Lance Solberg, 27, of Velva, N.D. Solberg was following the Knudson motorcycle. Officials said Solberg attempted to avoid hitting the motorcycle, but his bike hit Lisa Knudson. None of the riders wore helmets.

21.6. A 48-year-old Laketon Township man died in a motorcycle accident. Muskegon Township Police are still trying to find out what caused Mark Daidone to lose control of his recently purchased Harley-Davidson Road King just after exiting U.S. 31 near North Muskegon. No other vehicles were involved in the wreck. “It just looked like he went off the road and for whatever reason didn’t negotiate the corner,” said Sgt. David Wypa. “No one saw it or anything like that.” Daidone was transported by ambulance to Mercy Health Partners Hackley Campus where he later passed away. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor.

22.6. A 52-year-old man was killed after he crashed his motorcycle into a guardrail near the Tomoka River Bridge. The motorcyclist failed to negotiate the sharp left curve just before the bridge at 1:30 p.m. Sunday and slammed his 2004 Harley Davidson bike into the guardrail. He was thrown from the motorcycle. The man, whose name is being withheld until family is notified, was not wearing a helmet.

22.6. A Calgary woman has been killed in a motorcycle crash in Kootenay National Park. Jody Griffiths, 42, was a passenger on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle eastbound on Highway 93 when the driver lost control about 50 kilometres north of Invermere, B.C., on Sunday afternoon.

The driver indicated a rear tire blew out,” said Staff Sgt. Marko Shehovac of the RCMP’s Columbia Valley detachment in Invermere. Griffiths suffered fatal head injuries when the motorcycle left the road and went into the ditch. Passersby and police tried to resuscitate Griffiths before paramedics arrived, however, she was pronounced dead at the scene. Griffiths’ companion, a 40-year-old man from Calgary, was also hurt. His injuries aren’t considered life-threatening.

22.6. A Wyoming woman has died in a motorcycle crash in Colorado. Sixty-year-old Maureen “Mimi” Tanner of Casper crashed while riding her Harley-Davidson motorcycle with 10 other women riders from Grand Junction to Rangely on Saturday. The Colorado State Patrol said it appears she didn’t take a left-hand curve tightly enough. Her motorcycle hit a guardrail along Colorado Highway 139 and she was thrown about 150 feet down an embankment. The group had spent the day shopping in Grand Junction and was headed to a barbecue in Rangely when the crash occurred.

22.6. Lori Sapp Wilson from Apalachicola, FL was traveling east on CR-384 in a Ford Explorer. Rodney Daryl Mullins, 34 from Apalachicola, FL was traveling east in the eastbound lane on his Harley Davidson behind Wilson. Wilson was attempting to make a left turn. Mullins changed lanes into the westbound lane striking the left side of Wilson’s Explorer. Mullins was not wearing a helmet and succumbed to his injuries.

24.6. BBC news: A motorcyclist has died in a road collision involving three vehicles in Cornwall. The crash happened between the Harley Davidson motorcycle, a Ford Focus car and a Ford Transit van in St Austell at about 2020 BST on Wednesday. Dean Furse, a 27-year-old man from Newquay, suffered fatal injuries at the scene at the junction of Gover Road and Grove Road, police said. There were no other injuries. The road was closed for seven hours. Mr Furse’s family said his passions were his Harley Davidson bike, his music and his friends.

24.6. Mark Hammonds, a 55-year-old Federal Way man was killed Wednesday night when his motorcycle crashed on Interstate 705 in Tacoma, the Washington State Patrol reported. The crash occurred just after 9 p.m. The man was riding a Harley Davidson Electra Glide Classic north on I-705 when he failed to negotiate a turn at the 15th Street exit. He crashed into a concrete barrier and was ejected. He died of his injuries.

24.6. A 52-year-old man riding northbound on North beat Street on Sunday was ejected from his motorcycle and died, Ormond Beach Police said. The man was riding near the Tomoka River Bridge on a 2004 Harley Davidson motorcycle. Investigators said the motorcycle struck the guardrail along the north shoulder of the road and ejected the man, who was not wearing a helmet.

24.6. A Las Vegas man died Thursday when the motorcycle he was riding crashed into a car near Columbia Falls. The 46-year-old man, whose name was not available Thursday, was riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle northbound on U.S. Highway 2 shortly after 10 a.m. when a Ford Taurus attempted to turn onto the highway. The Taurus turned in front of the motorcycle and the two vehicles collided near mile marker 132, a few miles southwest of Columbia Falls. According to the highway patrol, the motorcycle’s driver, who was wearing a helmet, was declared dead at the scene.

25.6. In Grimes County, a Minnesota man’s motorcycle ride ended tragically, in part because of area wildlife. According to DPS, 55-year-old Walter Moe was riding on FM 1227 south of Navasota near the Wallace Pack Prison Unit when his Harley Davidson hit a wild hog in the road at 1 a.m. Friday. Moe was thrown from his bike as a result. He was taken to St. Joseph Regional Health Center, but died a short time later. Authorities say Moe was not wearing a helmet when the accident took place.

25.6. Delaware State police say a motorcyclist has died in a two-vehicle collision in Ocean View. It happened Friday about 1:20 p.m. on Beaver Dam Road. Troopers say a Harley Davidson operated by 45-year-old Michael Davidson of Selbyville was traveling north on Beaver Dam Road when it drifted into the southbound lane. The Harley crashed head-on into a pickup truck traveling southbound driven by 28-year-old Henry Cornell of Dagsboro. Davidson was pronounced dead at the scene. Cornell was not hurt.

26.6. Police are seeking the public’s help in locating two vehicles after a motorcyclist was struck by one of them and run over by the second early Saturday. Officers said victim was driving a 1995 Harley Davidson motorcycle east on Oklahoma 51 at 1:10 a.m., near 91st street when another vehicle traveling in the west lane crossed the center line, crashing into the motorcycle. The victim, who wasn’t wearing a helmet, was ejected from the motorcycle and the victim’s body was later found lying on Oklahoma 51 near 81st Street after being struck by the second vehicle. Both vehicles left the scene. Investigators have little information about the crash, which officials said killed Kevin Donald Porter, 51, of Coweta. Broken Arrow Police Sgt. Ed Ferguson displays a photograph of a motorcycle that was involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash.

26.6. A Bandon-area man died when he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed along Oregon 42 about four miles east of Myrtle Point. Raymond Scott McMahon, 49, was westbound about 4:05 p.m. when he took a curve too fast on his 2003 Harley Davidson, traveled off the highway into a ditch and then was ejected from his motorcycle as it went airborne. McMahon was pronounced dead at the scene.

26.6. A pair of late night motorcycle rides ended with one person is dead and another seriously injured. The accident happened shortly before 10 pm Saturday night on Highway 90 in Pearlington. Garry L. Price, 47, of Pass Christian died after his Harley Davidson left the roadway and struck a guard rail. Robert Smith, Jr., who was riding another motorcycle, also collided with the guardrail. Authorities say Smith was taken to Memorial Hospital in Gulfport with severe injuries. Troopers say the investigation into to the accidents is still underway but it appears both men failed to navigate a curve in the road.

27.6. Five people were killed and two injured when three motorcycles collided with a van in Penn Township Sunday evening. Penn Township police Cpl. Rodney King said three men and two women — all of whom were riding the motorcycles — were pronounced dead at the scene of the 5 p.m. accident on Route 72 between Auction Road and Graystone Road. Another woman who was riding one of the motorcycles was taken to Lancaster General Hospital, where she was listed in critical condition Sunday night, King said. The driver of the van also was taken to the hospital, where he was in fair condition. Police said those killed on the three Harley Davidson motorcycles were Samuel and Linda Lapp, both 48-year-olds from New Holland, along with 27-year-old Joshua Pennington of East Earl, 43-year-old Dennis Wilhelm Jr. of Lancaster, and 50-year-old Amy Wilhelm of Lancaster. A sixth person, 27-year-old Kristen Skowood, remains in critical condition at Lancaster General Hospital.

27.6. A motorcyclist died last week at the hospital after he was injured in a traffic crash in west Houston about three weeks ago. Jerry Lee Lewis, 40, of Katy, was seriously injured in the wreck, which occurred in the 1300 block of Texas 6 North about 2:10 a.m. June 3, police said. Police said Lewis died from his injuries Friday at Ben Taub General Hospital. Lewis was riding a black Harley Davidson FLHX motorcycle south on State 6 at a high rate of speed when he lost control and crashed.

28.6. A Florida man died on Interstate 25 near Douglas on Saturday after losing control of his motorcycle. Investigators believe Charles C. Lynn was southbound when he fell asleep, causing his motorcycle to veer off the road and into a median approximately 4 miles north of Douglas in Converse County. The 44-year-old man apparently applied his brakes and tried to steer his bike back onto roadway when it went into a spin, according to Sgt. John Townsend, spokesman for the Wyoming Highway Patrol in Cheyenne. The Harley Davidson motorcycle ultimately went into a drainage ditch, ejecting Lynn, who was not wearing a helmet, authorities say. He was pronounced dead at the scene following the one-vehicle crash. Lynn, a resident of Sorrento, Fla., was participating in the Hoka-Hey Motorcycle Run at the time of the crash. The 7,600-mile run began in Key West, Fla., and is supposed to take participants on a prescribed route of travel on secondary roads and highways to Homer, Alaska, on the Kenai Peninsula, according to Townsend.

An Idaho Falls man dies in an motorcycle accident Monday night just before 5 p.m. Forty-eight-year-old Barry McCarthy was traveling north on Old Highway 91, north of Inkom, on a 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle. Fifty-two-year-old Sandra Donato, of Georgetown, Idaho was traveling southbound in a 1999 Subaru Legacy station wagon. When she tried to turn onto the southbound Interstate 15 on-ramp at milepost 63, her car collided with McCarthy’s motorcycle. McCarthy was not wearing a helmet and transported by ground ambulance to Portneuf West Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

A Jones County man died Tuesday morning when the motorcycle he was riding hit a deer not far from his home. Frank Roark Jr., 43, was riding a 2009 Harley Davidson on Middle Road at the time of the accident. Trooper M.S. Turner, who investigated the accident for the State Highway Patrol, said Roark ran into the deer three miles from his home at 202 Thigpen Lane when the deer ran out in front of him near McDaniel Fork Road — about 17 miles from downtown Trenton. Turner said Roark had his helmet on when paramedics found him off his motorcycle and estimated him traveling the speed limit, 55 mph. The trooper added the crash killed the deer, too.

A single-vehicle accident on Interstate 95 in Bryan County just south of the Chatham County line claimed the life of a 22-year-old Effingham County resident around 6:45 p.m. Tuesday. According to the Georgia State Patrol Trooper Chad Gray, the man was riding a blue Harley Davidson motorcycle northbound on the interstate when for some reason he lost control and was ejected from the bike. The man, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Officers at the scene declined to identify the victim.

I hope this long list of fatal accidents for June 2010 is complete, but I fear it may not be. In the US alone, about 14 motorcycle drivers die every day.

Here a song performed by Nick Cave and Kylie MinogueDeath is not the end

If you know of other tragedies involving drivers of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, please feel free to add them in their memories in the comment fields.

Have a safe journey

Requiescant in pace – May 2010

Posted in Harley-Davidson, R.I.P. with tags , , , on June 1, 2010 by bleiglass

I subscribed to Google news with certain key words, like “Harley-Davidson” and “Road King”, and first I was quite shocked to get on a daily basis email notifications of a fellow Harley driver who died in a accident. These feeds are mainly limited to events in the US.

I think that in some cases one can learn from these tragic events, and I want to continue to produce this compilation, mentioning the fellow divers and passengers killed while doing what they most enjoyed.

Please drive safely and wear a helmet!

R.I.P

1.5. A motorcyclist died Saturday morning after his bike hit a car. The crash happened on the I-77 ramp to the Brookshire Freeway. Police say 52-year-old Johnny Cranor lost control of his 2005 Harley Davidson after he ran into a car that was stopped because of a lane closure relating to a work zone.

1.5. A couple from Kensington were killed Saturday afternoon when their Harley Davidson motorcycle traveled off the side of Route 341 in Kent and flipped in a bed of traprock. Both the driver, Mark Fongemie, 55, and the passenger, Linda Fongemie, were ejected, sustaining serious head injuries, State Police said. Neither were wearing helmets, police reported.

6.5. The Harley-Davidson rider killed in a crash at Highway 41 and Avenue 15 in Madera County has been identified as 56-year-old Gary Stephen Mederios of Ranchos Santa Margarita, CA.

6.5. A Coal County man died after crashing a motorcycle Tuesday. William Paul Horn, 64, Lehigh, was driving a 2009 Harley Davidson motorcycle east on State Highway 3 in Lehigh when he “lost control for unknown reasons and laid the bike on its left side”

9.5. Thomas Bronson, 63, of Dillon Beach, was riding a 2007 Harley-Davidson motorcycle on Pepper Road east of Meacham Road just after 9 p.m. when he lost control of the motorcycle on a slight lefthand bend in the road, spun out and struck a utility pole

9.5. A motorcyclist died early Sunday after he crashed into a guardrail in northeast Harris County. Samuel Moreno, 38, was riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle south in the 19700 block of FM 21000 around 2 a.m. when he failed to drive in one lane. The motorcycle then crossed the shoulder and struck a metal guardrail on the west side of the road.

11.5. A woman injured in a motorcycle crash Saturday has died. Tucson police said Mary Dileo, 62, was airlifted to University Medical Center in critical condition. She died Monday morning of her injuries. Detectives have determined that Mrs. Dileo was a passenger in a 2002 Harley Davidson, which was being driven by a  52 year-old friend. Mrs. Dileo was not wearing a helmet and sustained serious head injuries.


14.5. Whitney D. Buchholz, 34, of Lexington, Neb., was a passenger on a 1993 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by Patrick A. Lange, 30, of Cozad, Neb. Lange lost control of the motorcycle, which rolled on its side, throwing both passengers. Buchholz died en route to a Pierre hospital. Neither rider was wearing a helmet.

16.5. Stephen M. Heyser, 55, of Hawthorne – was riding a 2009 Harley-Davidson motorcycle on Northeast 127th Street Road at about 6 p.m. when he lost control and struck survey and U.S. Forestry markers on the west side of Northeast 203rd Avenue Road. Heyser was flown to Shands at the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he was pronounced dead.

16.5. A 35-year-old Cumru Township woman, preparing for her first excursion on a brand-new 2010 Harley Davidson, was killed Sunday morning when she lost control of the motorcycle while pulling out of her driveway, authorities said. Denise L. Martin of White Pine Gulch was pronounced dead by doctors in Reading Hospital at 9:32 a.m., officials said.

17.5. A Stillman Valley man was killed early Monday morning when he hit a deer with his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. The Ogle County Sheriff’s Department says John Thomas, Jr. , 41, was going west on Holcomb Road when he hit a deer that ran in front of him near Armour Road. Thomas Jr. was thrown off the bike and died at the scene.

18.5. Brian Scott Ecker, 45, of Barrens Road North in Hopewell Township, was rushed to Carroll Hospital Center after the Carroll County crash, where he was pronounced dead. Maryland State Police said Ecker was riding his 2001 Harley-Davidson southbound on Alesia Lineboro Road, north of York Road No.1, about 6 p.m. when his bike went off the road for unknown reasons and struck a mailbox.

19.5. Christopher Bannach, 44, of Oak Ridge died Tuesday when he ran a red light on Kingston Pike and his Harley-Davidson motorcycle hit a Jeep Liberty broad-side, Knoxville police said.

21.5. Robert J. Thielke was pronounced dead at the scene of the single-vehicle crash. The area is a construction zone with lanes of two different heights, and it appears the crash occurred when Thielke was attempting to switch lanes. He lost control of the motorcycle, a 2002 Harley-Davidson, and was thrown from the cycle.

22.5. The district attorney for two southwestern Colorado counties died after being thrown from his motorcycle on Interstate 70 west of Golden Saturday. 57-year-old Jim Wilson was going around a long right-hand curve on westbound I-70 when he lost control of his Harley Davidson motorcycle.

23.5. A Bristol man died in a motorcycle accident Sunday afternoon on Route 9 in Cromwell. Scott Burke, 51, was driving his Harley Davidson FLHRCI northbound on Route 9 when he lost control of the motorcycle and struck a light pole, knocking it down. He was thrown from the vehicle.

24.5. Steven J. Meier, 55, of Trempealeau, died when he lost control of the 2010 Harley-Davidson motorcycle he was riding on South Street, about a mile east of Highway M in the town of Caledonia. The 2010-model motorcycle entered the ditch and struck a utility pole, breaking the pole in half. Meier was ejected from the bike and pronounced dead at the scene.

24.5. A Massachusetts woman was killed Saturday morning after apparently driving her motorcycle off Route 101 and striking a guardrail. Valerie Beaton, 60, of Georgetown, Mass., was headed west on the highway on a 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle when the accident happened near the intersection of Eastview Drive, near the large dam on the Souhegan River.

24.5. A Chevrolet SUV driven by John Wilkins, age 66, of Charleston, was attempting a left turn from Lauderdale Memorial Highway onto Frontage Road and pulled into the path of a Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by Kim Ann Loveday, age 44, of Englewood. Loveday was transported to SkyRidge Medical Center but died of her injuries.

25.5. A 43-year-old man is facing drunk driving charges after a motorcyclist was killed in an accident in Scarborough Tuesday morning. Lukman Kabir’s southbound Ford Explorer drifted into the northbound lane on Orton Park Road, running head-on into a Harley Davidson. The 53-year-old male motorcyclist was pronounced dead on the scene.

26.5. A De Smet man died Tuesday in a motorcycle crash with a farm tractor on U.S. Highway 14 east of De Smet. Gerald S. Elkins, 52, was killed when the 1980 Harley-Davidson he was driving hit the front of a Case International tractor driven by Roger Page, 61, of De Smet. Page was uninjured. Elkins wasn’t wearing a helmet.

28.5. The rider of a Harley Davidson motorcycle who died after his machine was in collision with a grey VW Golf on the B1145 at Stanfield has been named as Peter Harvey of North Elmham. Mr Harvey, 51, who lived at Orchard Close in the village, died after the collision which happened near to the junction with Back Lane.

28.5. The vehicle crash on Interstate 880 in Milpitas Thursday killed a woman from Germany riding as a passenger on a motorcycle. A silver Harley Davidson E-Glide motorcycle was traveling southbound on I-880 in the fast lane at 70 mph. This Harley Davidson made a lane change in front of a white International tank truck. The truck driver veered to the right to avoid a collision, but the truck’s load shifted left, so the vehicle swerved leftward again and collided into a couple riding on a trailing Harley Davidson Fat Boy motorcycle. That collision actually caused the passenger to be ejected from the motorcycle, resulting in fatal injuries. Both victims were part of a large motorcycle group from Germany touring the area.

29.5. The driver of a Harley Davidson motorcycle died after losing control of the motorcycle Friday night. A passenger suffered serious injuries, they were riding north on Swallows Road about 12 miles west of Pueblo. The driver went past a stop sign and lost control of the motorcycle while trying to make a turn onto eastbound Highway 50. The motorcycle went into a slide, throwing both people, who ended up in the westbound lanes of Highway 50. The driver did not survive the crash. State Troopers have not released the driver’s name, neither of them were wearing helmets or eye protection.

29.5. Paul John Hendrickson, 54, was headed west with a passenger on Highway 20 when Carmichael’s Gary Lee Defraga, 39, made a left turn, without apparently seeing the 2002 Harley-Davidson motorcycle, from eastbound Highway 20 onto Acacia Avenue and into Hendrickson’s path, the CHP said. The motorcycle plowed into the passenger side of Defraga’s 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe, killing Hendrickson. The intersection was also the site of fatal accident in April 2009. Olivehurst resident Timothy Lamb, 48, died when the motorcycle he was riding was stuck by an SUV driven by Tiffany Fernandez of Yuba City.

29.5. A 40-year-old man died Saturday after his motorcycle collided with a car in front of the North Las Vegas Police Department’s main station. The man was on a 2005 Harley-Davidson motorcycle westbound on Lake Mead Boulevard while transporting a 36-year-old woman as a passenger. The motorcycle crashed into a 2009 Nissan Versa at the intersection of Lake Mead and Bruce Street. An 83-year-old man driving the Nissan turned left on Bruce in front of the motorcycle. The motorcycle struck the right side of the Nissan.

30.5. A Chester. Ill., man was killed when his Harley-Davidson motorcycle collided with an agricultural sprayer on Illinois Route 16 near Jerseyville. The accident happened about 1:20 p.m. about a quarter mile west of Otterville Road. The sprayer driver was headed west when he turned left into a residential driveway; the driver said he had signaled before turning. The motorcyclist, who had started to pass on the left, struck the sprayer’s left rear tire then veered off the road and into a ditch. He was declared dead at the scene.

30.5. A female passenger on a 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle was killed this morning when the motorcycle collided with a Jeep on Route 140. A preliminary investigation indicates the driver of the Harley Davidson motorcycle was traveling south bound on Milford Street, crossed into the north bound lane and hit a Jeep Wrangler head-on.

31.5. A Riverdale man killed in a motorcycle accident Monday on the Garrison Dam. Donald Parsons, 61, of Riverdale was pronounced  dead at the scene of the accident that happened at 7:40 p.m. Memorial Day. Parsons was westbound crossing the dam on Highway 200 when he failed to negotiate a left-hand curve. His 1999 Harley Davidson hit a guardrail and flipped over the rail coming to rest on the rip-rap on the north face of the dam. He was riding alone and was not wearing a helmet

31.5. Luis Sanchez, 42, from Cashtown, and Bridget Scott, 33, from Fairfield were killed in a crash in Franklin Township. The crash occurred when a 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle collided with a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am driven by Carole Laughlin, 66, of Gettysburg on Flohrs Church Road, Franklin Township. According to police, the motorcycle was southbound on Flohrs Church Road. The driver lost control on a right-hand curve in the roadway, crossed the center line and collided with the northbound car.

I hope this list of fatal accidents in May 2010 is complete, but I fear it may not be. In the US alone, about 14 motorcycle drivers die every day. If you know of other tragedies involving drivers of a Harley Davidson motorcycle, please feel free to add them in their memories in the comment fields.

Have a safe journey

One last thought:

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Sure, funerals are great for memorializing the life of the recently deceased, but sometimes they can be just a little bit boring. Same old eulogies, same old black outfits and same old hearse transporting the coffin to the cemetery. In southern Illinois, a company called Last Ride Hearse is offering something a little bit different for anyone wanting a unique final ride in a custom built 2009 Harley Davidson Road King modified into a trike and a pull-behind hearse. See their website here.

Requiescant in pace – April 2010

Posted in Harley-Davidson, R.I.P. with tags , , , , on May 1, 2010 by bleiglass

In a earlier blog entry I wrote that I subscribed to Google news with certain key words, like “Harley-Davidson” and “Road King”, and I was quite shocked to get on a daily basis email notifications of a fellow Harley driver who died in a accident. These feeds were mainly limited to events in the US, and included personal details like name and age. Such detailed publication may not be possible in all countries due to privacy protection laws.

Following my own accident, in which nobody was seriously injured, I decided to compile these news  snippets for April 2010, and researched some more information. Sadly the news of one fatal accident per day is not much, in 2008 a total of 5.357 persons died in motorcycles accidents, these are 14 drivers a day who loose their lives. More worrying however, this number doubled from the year 2000 (2.897), while the number of registered motorcycles and total mileage also increased, but by a smaller percentage.

But lets keep these high numbers in some perspective and not condemn motorcycle driving as a crazy suicidal activity: yes, in 2005, a total of 4.253 motorcycle drivers and passengers dies, but in the same year, nearly 8 times as many persons (32.637) committed suicide. (US data)

I hope this list of fatal accidents in April 2010 is complete, but I fear it may not be. If you know of other tragedies involving drivers of a Harley Davidson motorcycle, please feel free to add them in their memories in the comment fields.

Please drive safely, and wear a helmet !

R.I.P.

2.4. Jim Charles Dickens, 35, and Joshua Otwell, 32, died Saturday morning and evening respectively at University Medical Center after the crash on the southbound access road of Interstate 27 near 29th Street, both men were driving Harley Davidson motorcycles south about 11:30 p.m. Friday.

4.4. An early morning crash claimed the life of a Chattanooga man. Police say 25 year old Samantha Lowe was in the roundabout on North Access heading towards Highway 153 when a Harley Davidson driven by 24 year old Zachery Nichols crossed the double yellow lines to pass on the left

4.4. A 34 -year-old woman was killed when her motorcycle rammed a parked, unoccupied pickup truck on Wanaao Road near Paopua Loop around 7:55 p.m. Saturday. Police said the woman was heading north on Wanaao on a black Harley-Davidson motorcycle when she ran into the parked Toyota truck

5.4. A 60-year-old Harley Davidson rider from Ponce De Leon died Sunday evening in a single vehicle wreck on County Road 181.

5.4. Two St. Marys residents were killed in a two-vehicle crash at 3:38 p.m. Saturday. Police said a 1994 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by Joseph M. Michuck II, 50, St. Marys, was traveling south on the Glen Hazel Road and failed to negotiate a curve. The motorcycle crossed the center line, into the northbound lane in front of a 2003 Ford Ranger driven by Michael Pearsall, 51, St. Marys. The motorcycle hit the right front of the pickup. Michuck and his passenger, Irene Sorg, 50, St. Marys were thrown from the motorcycle.

6.5. A 57-year-old Canvas man was killed Saturday evening when he lost control of his motorcycle. According to a release from the Nicholas County Sheriff’s Department, Terry Lee Vilacha was traveling east on Ward Road about 3:30 p.m., when he lost control of his 1993 Harley-Davidson, crossed the center line and struck a westbound pickup truck.

6.4. Mercure, 53, was riding his Harley-Davidson Road King motorcycle on Howard Street when he collided with a Mazda Protégé and was thrown from the bike. Mercure was pronounced dead at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital.

6.4. A Martinsville motorcyclist was killed this morning when a car pulled out of a parking lot into the motorcycle’s path, a spokesman for the Virginia State Police said. Drew M. Thomson, 58, was riding a 2009 Harley Davidson Fat Boy southbound on business route U.S. 220 in Martinsville when the wreck happened about 10 a.m

8.4. At 8:43 p.m., a Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by Kenneth Riggs, 51, of Coventry Township, was traveling at a high rate of speed eastbound on W. Comet Road. Riggs failed to stop for the stop sign at South Main Street and proceeded into the intersection. Riggs struck the driver’s side of a Pontiac driven by Kyle Hoaglin,  26, of Coventry Township.  Riggs was pinned under the vehicle and died at the scene.

9.4.  A Wake County attorney died from injuries he received in a motorcycle accident as he was headed home Thursday evening. Anthony Brannon, 45, of Holly Springs, was driving his Harley Davidson motorcycle at 7:21 p.m. on Reedy Creek Road on the outskirts of Raleigh when he lost control, crossed the center line and spun off the left side of the road.

10.4. Scottsdale police have identified a Marana woman killed Friday night in a motorcycle crash. Sandra Stough, 52, died late Friday night when her Harley Davidson motorcycle collided with a truck in Scottsdale, police said. Police said a white Dodge was turning left off Scottsdale Road when a Harley Davidson traveling southbound collided with the front of the truck. The rider was not wearing a helmet and was transported to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center. She died just before midnight.

10.4. A 66-year-old motorcyclist was killed Saturday afternoon when he lost control of his Harley and slammed into a guardrail on Highway 9. Washington State Patrol troopers responded to the scene, about 11 miles southeast of Mount Vernon, at about 1:40 p.m. An investigation determined that the motorcyclist, an Arlington resident, was heading south on his 2007 Harley Davidson FXDC when the wheels left the roadway. The motorcycle slammed into the guardrail and the man was ejected. The motorcyclist, who was wearing a helment, was pronounced dead at the scene.

10.4. A Girard woman died Saturday when the motorcycle she was riding collided with a farm tractor on Ill. 111 in Macoupin County. Rosaleta Tipton, 58, was riding a 2003 Harley-Davidson motorcycle about a mile north of Bus Lane about 2:30 p.m. when she crossed the centerline and hit the rear tires of a farm tractor pulling a field cultivator, according to a report from Illinois State Police. Tipton, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown from the motorcycle.

11.4. A 52-year-old Sanford man was killed when his motorcycle hit a deer in Volusia County, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Robert Gam was traveling north on County Road 415, north of Taylor Road, when the deer ran into his path about noon Saturday. Gam hit the brake and swerved, but he hit the right side of the animal, a trooper said. Gam, who was not wearing a helmet, fell from the Harley-Davidson and died.

11.4. A Staunton man is dead following a two-vehicle crash in Augusta County Saturday evening. The crash occurred at 5:50 p.m. on Route 608 just north of Route 340. A 1988 Dodge Ram 50 pick-up truck was traveling north on Route 608 when it crossed over into the southbound lane and struck a 1984 Harley Davidson Roadster head-on.

12.4.  For the second time in less than a week, a Triangle motorcyclist was killed in an accident Sunday afternoon. Lawrence Joseph Barrett of Youngsville was killed when he collided with an SUV in Wake Forest at about 4:50 p.m., according to Wake Forest police. Barrett, 50, was riding a Harley-Davidson westbound on Elm Avenue, near the intersection with South White Street, when he hit a Ford Freestyle that was traveling northbound on South White Street, according to police.

12.4. Details on a motorcycle accident that took the life of a 59-year-old Utica woman were released Monday. According to the La Salle County Sheriff’s Office, Debbie A. Nicholson was riding west on U.S. 6 shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday as a passenger on a 2009 Harley-Davidson motorcycle with her husband, Robert J. Nicholson. According to reports, a car driven by Douglas B. Erickson, 21, of Morris, turned in front of them at East Ninth Road in rural Utica a mile east of Route 178.

13.4. A motorcyclist was seriously injured Monday afternoon when a vehicle pulled in front of him on Route 17, during rush-hour traffic. Alan Fagley, 47, who lives on Quail Court, was northbound on Route 17 on a 2005 Harley-Davidson Sportster about 5 p.m. when a 2005 Toyota RAV 4 pulled out in front of him at the T.C. Walker Road intersection, said Sgt. Greg Mathias of the Virginia State Police. Sandra Coltrain, 68, of Contesse Drive, was attempting to travel across the northbound lanes of the highway to turn south.

14.4.Darden A. “Dino” Napolitano, 60, of Freemansburg, was killed Monday night when the 2007 Harley-Davidson Road King he was driving crashed into a guardrail on Fairview Avenue in High Bridge. He was driving south when the motorcycle swerved across the northbound lane and crashed, police in the Hunterdon County borough said.

15.4. A Lake Saint Louis man was killed Wednesday afternoon in a motorcycle crash in Oregon County, Mo., authorities said. John Dameron, 64, died after he lost control of his 2008 Harley-Davidson motorcycle about 4:15 p.m. along Highway 160 at Highway 99, the Missouri Highway Patrol said. Dameron lost control on some loose gravel, ran off the road and struck an embankment. He was pronounced dead at the crash scene. The patrol said he was wearing a helmet.

16.4. A popular Frederickstown teacher and football coach has been killed in a motorcycle crash apparently caused by an SUV driver who cut him off. George Rollins taught social studies at the high school for two years and helped coach the football team. The 29-year-old died Wednesday on Missouri 67 after losing control of his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and hit a cable barrier on the highway. KSDK reports that the Missouri State Highway Patrol is looking for a woman who was driving the sport utility vehicle that cut Rollins off.

18.4. Wayne P. Gollmer, 40, was pronounced dead around 11:30 p.m. at the scene of the accident, marking the first fatal traffic crash this year in Lafayette County. Gollmer was driving east on County Highway Z northwest of Darlington when he lost control of his 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle while going around a curve. He left the roadway and struck a fence near the road and was thrown from the motorcycle. He was not wearing a helmet.

19.4. A Cherry Valley man who crashed his Harley Davidson while riding in Janesville has died. Travis Goodin, 41, died on Sunday from injuries suffered in a crash early Friday morning. The investigation shows Goodin was going north on County Highway E when he didn’t stop at the stop sign at USH 14. Goodin then struck an embankment and was thrown off his motorcycle, landing on the ground with the motorcycle on top of him. The Rock County Sheriff’s Department says unfamiliarity with the area and alcohol are contributing factors to the accident.

19.4. John Coryea, 31, died after his 2003 Harley Davidson collided with a 2001 Chevrolet driven by Alexander Holtsclaw, 18, of Saranac, according to New York State Police. Coryea was ejected from the motorcycle and pronounced dead at the scene of the Route 374 crash.

19.4. A 53-year-old St. Leonard man who walked away from a motorcycle crash and seemingly escaped serious injury died hours later, Calvert County Sheriff’s officials said. Gerry W. Hance was riding a blue 2006 Harley Davidson Softail motorcycle east on Long Beach Drive in St. Leonard at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday when he lost control, ran off the road and struck a tree. Alcohol may have contributed to the crash, authorities said.

19.4. Kelly Krell was the passenger on a 2005 Harley-Davidson driven by her husband, 49-year-old Jeff Krell. The pair were headed west on 268th Street toward 481st Avenue near the entrance to Iowa’s Gitchie Manitou State Park when Jeff Krell lost control of the bike and both riders flew into the intersection’s west ditch. Kelly Krell died Sunday night. Neither was wearing a helmet.

20.4. A Suffolk man died Saturday night when high winds blew him off his motorcycle as he crossed the James River Bridge. Garlon Turner, 60, of Suffolk, was riding a 2007 Harley-Davidson Screaming Eagle southbound across the bridge in high winds when the accident occurred, according to Sgt. Michelle Cotten, a spokesperson for the Virginia State Police.

20.4. One person is dead after a two vehicle accident in Carroll Monday afternoon. The accident occurred as 53-year-old Marvin Danner of Carroll was riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle east bound on Highway 30 when a Region XII Council of Government car driven by 54-year-old Laurie Gilbert of Glidden attempted to make a left hand turn onto Bella Vista Drive from the other direction. Danner was ejected from the motorcycle and was pronounced dead at the scene.

22.4. A 70-year-old Ontario motorcyclist died Wednesday when he drove a Harley-Davidson over a steep, 50-foot cliff east of Barstow. Jerry Silvera was pronounced dead at the scene west of Yermo Road at Fort Irwin Road, San Bernardino County coroner’s officials said.

26.4. The Florida Highway Patrol identified the motorcyclist who was killed Monday afternoon following a head-on collision along a rural highway. Robert Thomas Beitel, 66, of Washington Township, Mich., lost control of his 2001 Harley Davidson and crashed into an oncoming vehicle shortly before 3:30 p.m.

26.4. Lewis County Sheriff’s Investigators  say excessive speed while negotiating a curve caused the 2001 Harley Davidson motorcycle, operated by Richard F. MacCue Jr, 46, Great Bend to lose control and veer off the Pine Grove Rd in the Town of Greig at around 3:45 Saturday Afternoon.

27.4. Authorities say a 49-year-old man and his dog died instantly when he crashed his motorcycle head-on into a school bus filled with children in Northern California. California Highway Patrol spokesman Doug Garrett said an Oroville police officer tried to pull the unidentified man over in his Harley Davidson after he drove through a red light on Friday afternoon. Oroville is about 70 miles north of Sacramento. The man apparently sped off and crashed into the bus after crossing over the yellow line. A Chihuahua tucked inside his jacket also died.

I hope this list of fatal accidents in April 2010 is complete, but I fear it may not be. If you know of other tragedies involving drivers of a Harley Davidson motorcycle, please feel free to add them in their memories in the comment fields.

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