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In a sea of yellow and orange, black will be the new Hi-Vis colour

Posted in Harley-Davidson with tags , , , , on September 14, 2011 by bleiglass

This evening, I rode past a serious accident on Nine Elms Lane/Ponton Road, when a motorcycle crashed head on into a ambulance. The ambulance had its blue lights flashing and was using the wrong lane in the expectation oncoming traffic would use the bus lane. I guess it was on its way to the nearby A&E of Guy’s and St. Thomas.

Maybe a bus blocked the view of the motorcycle, so he did not see the ambulance coming, but this whole tragic accident made me think about the value and benefit of hi-vis vests and day-glow colours.

Nothing is more highly visible then a big ambulance van painted in bright yellow, with flashing blue lights, and still this poor biker managed to crash into it.

Hi-Vis colours are clearly not a guarantee for accident free travel, but they can attract attention and increase visibility. However only if applied in moderation.

Let me speculate: maybe it was not a bus that blocked the view of the biker, but half a dozen bikers and cyclist wearing Hi-Vis vests, resulting the oncoming ambulance to fade into a blur of hi-vis yellow.

Yes, I am speculating, but I feel strongly that hi-vis colours should be used in special occasions only, and not by the general public. We are not allowed to ride with flashing blue or red lights, and we should reserve by law the Hi-Vis vest and colours for those traffic participants who are a obstacle to the normal vehicle movement, like road workers, rescue and security services and yes, the lollipop man.

Imagine in this picture dozens of biker and cyclist all wearing a high-vis vest, the lollipop man would suddenly become invisible.

Should all bikers be forced by law to wear hi-vis vests, I predict the number of accidents and death will increase, as traffic participants in special needs will not be recognised anymore. Health and Safety officials are wrong in assuming: more is better, as the real attention comes from measures that are “special”.

Hi-Vis vests have their advantages, but to neutralise their visibility by mass usage can be fatal. Let me summarise 3 simple rules I would recommend:

  1. bikers may choose to wear orange Hi-Vis vests, but only in special occasions like bad weather conditions (rain, fog) and outside large cities.
  2. cyclist shall only wear a optional green Hi-Vis vests to distinguish them from other road obstacles, like rescue service, road workers and the lollipop man.
  3. using a yellow Hi-Vis colours should be mandatory and reserved for rescue service and road workers, and other special obstacles, like the stationary car drivers after a defect on the hard shoulder.

Only by limiting the free usage of Hi-Vis vests will we be able to keep its benefits: alert traffic users to unexpected obstacles and dangers. And by assigned colours, you can easily recognise the potential speed at which they are moving. Orange for fast bikes, green for slow cyclists and yellow for immobile participants or special services “above the law”.

But in a sea of yellow and orange, black will soon become the new Hi-Vis colour.

Requiescant in pace – January 2011

Posted in Harley-Davidson, R.I.P. with tags , , , , on February 1, 2011 by bleiglass

The list in January 2011 is still short, now that winter is in full force, and much fewer miles are driven. In this wet and sometimes icy season, be specially careful on 2 wheels.

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. I think that in some cases one can learn from these tragic events, and here the latest reports mentioning the fellow divers and passengers killed while doing what they most enjoyed.

Please drive safely and wear a helmet!

R.I.P

5.1. A motorcycle collided with a pickup truck on Immokalee Road in Collier County Tuesday, killing a Naples resident. State troopers say the 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle was traveling north on Immokalee Road just north of Rabbit Run Road around 10:45 p.m., when it crossed into the path of a southbound-traveling 2003 Ford F350, striking the driver’s side. The motorcycle, driven by a 41-year-old Naples resident Christopher Raymond Beck, rolled onto its side and slid into the east shoulder. The truck reportedly veered across the road and came to rest in a wooded area. Beck was pronounced dead at the scene.

6..1. There was a period of time — about 30 minutes — when Santa Rosa resident Douglas Fenell, 48,  had cell phone contact with his teenage son and with emergency dispatchers who frantically mounted a search for him Tuesday afternoon. But Fenell, badly injured as he lay in the brush after crashing his motorcycle just before 3:15 p.m. off Highway 1 on the Sonoma coast, could not pinpoint exactly where he was. Eventually he stopped answering his phone, authorities said. He was dead when search crews finally found him shortly after 9 p.m. Fenell, 48, had been thrown from his 1998 Harley-Davidson and sustained what would prove to be fatal injuries after losing control of the motorcycle on a winding section of Meyers Grade above Jenner.

9.1. Saturday, Louisiana State Police Troop I investigated a single vehicle crash involving a motorcycle on LA 356 near Hypolite Road that claimed the life of a Church Point man. According to troopers, on January 8, 2011, shortly before 1:00 a.m., a 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by 53-year-old Darrell Wilson of Church Point, LA, was traveling west on LA 356 near Hypolite Road. Wilson failed to negotiate a left curve and drove off the roadway, struck a street sign, and was ejected from the motorcycle. Wilson was pronounced dead at the scene. Routine toxicology samples were obtained and have been submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis. The crash remains under investigation. This is the 3rd fatal crash and 3rd fatality Troop I has investigated this year.

10.1. A Freeport man was arrested, the police said, after, while driving drunk, he struck and killed a motorcyclist and then fled the scene in Queens early this morning. The victim, Dwan Gonzalez, 44, of Jamaica, was riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle eastbound on the Long Island Expressway near Junction Boulevard at 1 a.m. when he was struck from behind by a white Mercedes-Benz, the police said. After the Mercedes left, a witness was able to describe it and officers from the 105th Precinct found the car on Francis Lewis Boulevard a short while later. They arrested the driver, Shamel Campbell, 26, of Freeport. The car’s front end was badly damaged, the police said. The police charged Mr. Campbell with driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident and driving with a suspended license. Additional charges are likely.

13.1. A 56-year-old motorcyclist died Wednesday after a crash near West Palm Beach, authorities said. Confessor Ramirez, of West Palm Beach, was driving a 2006 Harley-Davidson motorcycle south on Haverhill Road when the accident happened about 4:45 p.m., according to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office traffic report. A man driving north on Haverhill Road in a 1999 Chevrolet Blazer turned left in front of Ramirez near the intersection with Summit Pines Boulevard and struck the motorcycle, the report said. The impact threw Ramirez from the Harley and caused him to slam into the SUV. He was flown to Delray Medical Center, where he died less than two hours later.

18.1. A woman injured Jan. 13 after losing control of her motorcycle and being stuck by one ridden by her companion has died of her injuries. Jaymie Allison, 30, died Saturday at Memorial University Medical Center. She and Todd Long, 37, were riding their Harley Davidson motorcycles north on East Gateway Boulevard when she lost control of hers and it slid across the roadway just after midnight. Long was trailing behind Allison and was unable to avoid striking her when she lost control. He then lost control of his motorcycle, causing him to wreck as well. Both Long and Allison were transported to Memorial. She was listed in critical condition. He was hospitalized and released Jan. 16. Both were charged with DUI the night of the accident.

19.1. A motorcyclist has died after his bike hit a backhoe in southern NSW. The 41-year-old ACT man was heading south on his Harley Davidson motorcycle on the Princes Highway at Kingswood, near Bega. He ran into the bucket of a John Deere backhoe travelling in the same direction at about 2.40pm (AEDT) yesterday. The motorcyclist was thrown from his bike and died at the scene. The backhoe driver, a 38-year-old Pambula man, wasn’t injured, police said. The tractor driver returned a negative breath test and was taken to Bega District Hospital for mandatory blood and urine tests. Police said investigations are continuing into the circumstances of the collision.

21.1. Police have identified a motorcyclist who was involved in a wreck in Mint Hill Thursday evening. The wreck happened at 5:56 p.m. at the intersection of Evans Road and NC 51 (Matthews-Mint Hill Road). The accident involved two vehicles and a motorcycle. Police say the motorcyclist is Richard Cullinan Jr., 41, of Mint Hill. According to the Mint Hill Police Department, Cullinan was driving a 2010 Harley Davidson motorcycle south on NC 51 and was approaching the intersection with Evans Road. Police say a Ford Windstar van, driven by Regina Williams, 55, of Mint Hill, was attempting to turn left onto NC 51 from Evans Road and pulled into the path of the motorcycle. Cullinan collided with the van and lost control of the motorcycle which ended up on its side in the northbound lane of NC 51. Cullinan was ejected from the motorcycle and was struck by a Jeep Cherokee heading north on NC 51. Diane Marshburn, 59, of Midland, was driving the jeep. Cullinan died at the scene.

23.1. Two women motorcyclists died Saturday from injuries sustained in two separate collisions in north Harris County. One of the women, Linda Shouldice, was injured Dec. 6 and died from her injuries Saturday. Shouldice was northbound in the 1000 block of Telge Road on a 2008 Harley-Davidson around 4 p.m. when the bike collided with a 2003 Nissan Altima, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said. She was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital-Texas Medical Center via Life Flight but died due to complications from her injuries.

The second woman, a 30-year-old whose identity has not been released, died Saturday night in a head-on when her Harley-Davidson collided with a vehicle, officials said. The woman, who was not wearing a helmet, was southbound on a curve in the 12800 block of Eldridge Parkway North when the motorcycle veered over into the coming lane, striking a Dodge pickup. She was transported to an area hospital, where she died upon arrival Saturday, officials said.

26.1. A dad from Greater Manchester died when he was thrown off his Harley Davidson after crashing into a wall on the island of Anglesey. Neil Splaine, 42, from Worsley, was airlifted to hospital but died later. Residents desperately tried to save him after he crashed his Harley Davidson bike on the B5108 outside Moelfre. The bike hit a stone wall. He was taken by helicopter to hospital in Bangor but was pronounced dead later. The road remained closed for five hours as an investigation into the crash was launched by North Wales Police. Well-wishers left tributes to Mr Splaine at the scene.

30.1. A 28-year-old man died in a motorcycle wreck in Powder Springs on Saturday night, police said. According to investigators, James W. Groover, of Powder Springs, was driving a 2007 Harley Davidson eastbound on Moon Road west of Florence Road just before 9 p.m. His motorcycle left the roadway as he was trying to negotiate a left curve. The motorcycle hit a mailbox in the 5300 block of Moon Road before coming to a stop in a neighboring front yard. Groover was transported to WellStar Cobb Hospital, where he died, Officer Joe Hernandez with Cobb police said. Investigators believe alcohol was a factor in the crash, Hernandez said.

31.1. An active duty sailor was killed in a motorcycle crash in Chula Vista Sunday. Authorities say the 22-year old motorcyclist was trying to pass another group of bikers at Wueste Road and the Divider Creek Bridge, east of state Route 125 when he collided with a Harley Davidson. The sailor was wearing a helmet and driving a Yamaha R1 when the crashed happened just before 11 a.m. Despite CPR efforts, the man was pronounced dead at the scene. The Harley rider suffered a broken arm and a broken leg, according to firefighters, and was airlifted to Sharp Memorial Trauma Center. The medical examiner confirmed the victim in the accident was an active duty sailor but would not release his name.

I hope this list of fatal accidents for last month is complete, but I fear it may not be. In the US alone, a average of 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, maintain a safe speed, and ride defensively.

Have a safe journey in 2011.

Requiescant in pace – December 2010

Posted in Harley-Davidson, R.I.P. with tags , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2010 by bleiglass

The list in December is much shorter now that winter is in full force, and much fewer miles are driven. In this wet and sometimes icy season, be specially careful on 2 wheels.

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. I think that in some cases one can learn from these tragic events, and here the latest reports mentioning the fellow divers and passengers killed while doing what they most enjoyed.

Please drive safely and wear a helmet!

R.I.P

 

5.12. A motorcyclist was killed in a head-on collision Saturday evening in Comal County. Anthony Cortez, 57, was pronounced dead at the scene on FM 2673 at 6:40 p.m., according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Cortez, of Canyon Lake, was driving a Harley Davidson when he was hit by a 2008 Honda Accord driven by Diana Handby, 47. Handby, also from Canyon Lake, swerved into the northbound lane and struck Cortez, who was wearing a helmet, according to DPS.

7.12. A female passenger on a motorcycle was killed this afternoon on Highway 4 and Pool Station Road just east of Copperopolis. According to Rebecca Myers of the San Andreas CHP, the accident happened shortly after 2 pm. The accident involved a husband and wife, both 69, who were riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle. Initial reports indicated that the motorcycle collided with a van, but Myers says it is possible that the accident was a solo incident. The cause of the accident is still under investigation. The husband and driver of the motorcycle, suffered serious injuries and was flown to a Modesto hospital.

8.12. Police are investigating the death of a pedestrian who was fatally run over by a motorcyclist in southeast Houston. Paul Anthony Soto, 31, was trying to cross the intersection of Winkler and Surrey around 6:30pm Tuesday when he was hit by a man riding a black and red Harley Davidson. Soto died at the scene, and the motorcyclist was transported to Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital to treat a broken arm. Investigators say the motorcyclist showed no signs of impairment, but an investigation is ongoing.

12.12. A Rio Grande Valley man was killed and two young people, one of them a 3-year-old, were injured when a motorcycle and truck collided on a winding road outside Boerne. Department of Public Safety investigators said Adam Daniec of McAllen was riding a 2005 Harley-Davidson motorcycle west on Texas 46 about four miles west of Boerne shortly before 1 p.m. Saturday when he drifted into the eastbound lane on a sharp right turn. Adam Daniec, 62, collided with a 2003 Chevy Silverado driven by Robert Desrosiers of San Antonio and was pronounced dead at the scene. Julia Daniec, 3, who was in the motorcycle’s side car, and Alec Desrosiers, 17, a passenger in the Silverado, were hospitalized. The little girl was rushed to University Hospital, DPS said, and the teen was taken to Boerne Methodist Hospital. The extent of their injuries wasn’t known. No charges were filed, though an investigation was continuing.

16.12. John A. Maziarz, 71, died Tuesday night at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, where he had been treated since the crash on December 4. According to a Winter Haven police report, Maziarz was traveling east through a curve on Cypress Gardens Boulevard, S.E., on his 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle when, for unknown reasons, he struck the curb of the median, resulting in the crash.

18.12. Friends and family are reflecting on the life of Troy Bozarth, 40, who was killed in a motorcycle accident shortly after midnight Friday. They say he was an overall good guy and someone who was always putting smiles on the faces of those around him. Bozarth was heading west near the intersection of 51st Street West and Manatee Avenue when he crashed into the rear of a pickup at a high rate of speed, according to Bradenton Traffic Sgt. Brian Thiers. Thiers said Bozarth was not wearing a helmet and died on the scene. He was about 10 blocks from home. Friend and neighbor Paul Connors heard the news from his daughter, who drove by the crash and recognized Bozarth’s Harley-Davidson Road King Classic motorcycle.

20.12. A Sikeston, Mo. man was pronounced dead Saturday after he struck a tree and was thrown off his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Mark Childers, 49, was traveling Scott County Road 241 just south of New Hamburg when he missed a curve and ran off the right side of the road, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The accident occurred around 3 p.m.

20.12. Police are investigating a crash in the Upper Valley in which one man was killed. Police said 50 year old Alfonso Ortegon was riding his 2010 Harley Davidson motorcycle north in the 5100 block of Doniphan Drive when a woman driving a green Ford Explorer pulled out of Graphite Drive and into the path of the motorcycle. The crash occurred about 12:15 p.m. The man was taken to University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. He was not wearing a helmet, police said. Police did not release the man’s name or age. They are still investigating if speed or alcohol were involved.

I hope this list of fatal accidents for December 2010 is complete, but I fear it may not be. In the US alone, a average of 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, maintain a safe speed, and ride defensively.

Have a safe journey in 2011.

A sad review of 2010

Requiescant in pace – November 2010

Posted in Harley-Davidson, R.I.P. with tags , , , , , , , , on December 4, 2010 by bleiglass

I am happy that the list in November is much shorter now that winter started, lesser miles are driven. But in this wet and sometimes icy season, be specially careful on 2 wheels.

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 mainly in the US.

I think that in some cases one can learn from these tragic events, and here the latest reports mentioning the fellow divers and passengers killed while doing what they most enjoyed.

Please drive safely and wear a helmet!

R.I.P

2.11. A 67-year-old Kentucky man is dead and another is in critical condition after they were ejected from their motorcycles Saturday night while trying to avoid a deer. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, George Taylor, of Harrodburg, Ky., and 65-year-old Lexington, Ky., resident James Roe were headed west on State Road 72, east of Myakka River Road, around 7:15 p.m. when a deer darted onto the road from the shoulder. Taylor tried to swerve to miss the animal but was not successful. He was thrown from his 2000 Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Roe, who was following Taylor, lost control of his Harley and was thrown while trying to evade the deer and Taylor. Both men were flown to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, where Taylor was declared dead. Roe remained in critical condition.

2.11. A Gerber man riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle was killed Monday night after he rear-ended a sedan that was stopped at an intersection near Red Bluff, the California Highway Patrol reported today. Terry Hite, 54, was riding his motorcycle north on Road 99W when he failed to see a Ford Taurus stopped at the intersection of Road 99W and Finnell Avenue, according to the CHP. Hite braked but was unable to avoid hitting the right rear of the car. The force of the collision threw Hite off his bike. Hite died at the scene, the CHP reported. He was wearing a helmet. The accident occurred at 6:22 p.m. Monday. It is not known how fast Hite was traveling when he hit the car.

2.11. The two Naples residents killed in an early Sunday morning motorcycle accident on Pine Ridge Road have been identified. Daniel Webber, 38, and Nadia Webber, 34, were traveling west on Pine Ridge Road on Daniel Webber’s 2010 Harley Davidson motorcycle when they crashed into the back of a 1997 Isuzu pickup truck stopped at a red light at the Interstate 75 intersection, according to Florida Highway Patrol report. The accident occurred just before 2 a.m. Neither Daniel Webber, who was driving, or his wife were wearing a helmet, according to the witness. Alcohol was not a contributing factor to the crash, according to the FHP.

4.11. Jason Thornton took his final ride Thursday afternoon with his friends and family close behind. Thornton, who died Oct. 31 at the age of 40, was carried to his final resting place in a way fitting for his love of motorcycles, a 2010 Harley-Davidson Road King motorcycle pulling a Tombstone Motorcycle Hearse. “It’s a fitting tribute for someone who loved to ride,” said Gene Pellerin, the owner of the unique hearse. Following the hearse was a processional of more than 50 motorcycles, some bearing the colors of Thornton’s club, the Pistoleros MC, but all coming to pay their last respects to someone they called brother.

4.11. A 79-year-old motorcyclist was fatally injured when he collided with a car on Interstate 15 today, triggering a multi-vehicle crash. Domenic Liscotti of Corona was pronounced dead about an hour after the accident at the Winchester Road offramp, according to the California Highway Patrol. Liscotti was exiting the interstate on his 2008 Harley Davidson around 11 a.m. when he ran into the back of a Lake Elsinore woman’s 2003 BMW, said CHP Officer Ron Thatcher. He said Liscotti was going between 20 and 30 mph and apparently failed to see the traffic ahead of him stopped until the last second. “Liscotti attempted to stop and swerve to the right, but was unable to avoid the back of the BMW,” said Thatcher. “The impact caused the BMW to roll forward and strike the back of a Toyota Camry, which in turn was pushed forward into the rear of a Suzuki XL7.” Liscotti was thrown from his Harley, losing his helmet and landing on the right shoulder of the offramp, according to Thatcher. The victim was rushed to Rancho Springs Medical Center in Murrieta, where he died just before noon.

5.11. A motorcyclist was killed in a crash with two wheelchairs in the far West Valley overnight. It happened just after midnight on Indian School Road between 99th Avenue and Loop 101. There are no streetlights on that stretch of Indian School Road, so the area is extremely dark. In addition, there’s no sidewalk. According to police, a 23-year-old man in an electric wheelchair was towing a 36-year-old man in a non-motorized wheelchair when a motorcycle hit them. Police said the motorcyclist tried to avoid the men in the wheelchairs. The 46-year-old motorcyclist was thrown from his 2004 Harley Davidson. He was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries. The men in the wheelchairs suffered only scrapes and bruises.

9.11. An Oxford man was thrown from his motorcycle and killed after his Harley Davidson collided with a pickup truck Monday afternoon in Newton County, according to the Georgia State Patrol. The motorcyclist Mr. Terrance Michael Collins, 39, had the right of way, officials said Tuesday. But investigators have not yet decided to charge the pickup driver, Mr. Donald P. Kahle, 68, of Oxford for the wreck that happened on Stone Road, spokesman Mr. Gordy Wright said. Mr. Kahle was traveling west on Stone Road in his 2005 Dodge Ram pick-up truck and attempted to make a left turn into the county recycling center, Mr. Wright said. Mr. Collins, who was headed east, struck the pickup in the rear about 4:40 p.m., and the impact tossed him from his motorcycle, the spokesman said. Mr. Kahle, who was not injured, could face charges once the investigation is finished, Mr. Wright said.

9.11. A motorcyclist killed in a hit and run collision Tuesday morning in Sacramento has been identified. James Walter Murphy, 55, of Wilton was on his Harley-Davidson on northbound Highway 99 near the 47th Avenue exit about 9:55 a.m. when his bike was struck by a maroon Mercury Sable, said the California Highway Patrol. Murphy suffered a major head injury and died a short time later at an area hospital. CHP Officer Michael Bradley said the Mercury hit the highway center divide and bounced back into traffic lanes, striking Murphy’s bike. The impact sent Murphy off his bike. The Harley then struck another vehicle, causing minor damage. Bradley said the teen driving the Mercury fled the scene but was found by authorities at his Sacramento County home later that day. After questioning, the teen was released to his sister. Bradley said the investigation was continuing. No charges were filed at this time. The teen driver’s name was not released due to his age.

14.11. In eastern Yuba County, Douglas Allen Canadas, 62, of Orland was riding with a group of motorcyclists when his 2009 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy crashed at about 4:30 p.m., the California Highway Patrol reported. He was thrown from his motorbike and suffered fatal injuries. The cyclists were traveling west on Highway 20 and had headed into a sweeping right-hand curve west of Smartville Road, according to the CHP. Canadas, riding at about 60 mph, ran across the opposite lane onto the gravel shoulder and the bike overturned, throwing him to the ground. His Harley slid back into the westbound lane and caught fire.

16.11. A 46-year-old man riding a motorcycle on Lee Highway was killed Sunday night when the rear brake on his Harley Davidson locked, causing an accident, Prince William police said. The man, Jeffrey Scott Graham, of Gainesville, died at a local hospital shortly after the crash at Hopewells Landing Drive. He was not wearing an approved helmet, according to police.

17.11. A 78-year-old New Jersey man died in a Chester County motorcycle accident last week, police said Tuesday. Police said Bernard J. Deangelis, of Mickleton, was traveling south on Route 841 in West Marlborough Township near Thouran Road at 11:20 a.m. on Wednesday when he failed to negotiate a right-hand turn in the roadway, veered into the grass on the east side of the highway, and crashed his 2009 Harley-Davidson Road King. Police said Deangelis, who was wearing a helmet, was taken to Paoli Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

21.11. A Grafton man is dead following a motorcycle crash on a Worcester highway Saturday night. State police said James McLeod, 53, was riding a 2010 Harley Davidson on the ramp from Route 190 southbound to Route 290 westbound when he somehow lost control of the bike, striking a guardrail. McLeod was transported to UMass Medical Center in Worcester, where he was pronounced dead.

21.11. A man killed Saturday afternoon when his motorcycle collided with a car in north Shreveport has been identified as Michael Fowler, 50, of Shreveport. His wife, who was a passenger on the motorcycle, was seriously injured and remained hospitalized today, authorities said. The accident happened about 4 p.m. at Old Mooringsport Road and Ravendale Drive. Police said Fowler’s 2008 Harley-Davidson motorcycle crashed into a 2007 Chrysler whose driver made a left turn in front of him. The driver of the Chrysler, Lizzie Mosely, 56, of Shreveport, was taken to the hospital for treatment of what police described as non-life-threatening injuries.

23.11. A Springtown woman died Monday after the motorcycle on which she was riding was struck by a pickup truck in Palo Pinto County. Linda White, 55, was as a passenger on a 2001 Harley Davidson traveling east on FM 1148 about 14 miles south of Graham when the crash happened at about 12:30 p.m., said Trooper Lonny Haschel of the Texas Department of Public Safety. The motorcycle’s driver lost control at a curve, slid into the other lane and was struck by a 2005 Dodge pickup traveling west, Haschel said. White, who was ejected from the motorcycle, was taken to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 8:02 p.m., Haschel said. The motorcycle was traveling at an unsafe speed at the time of the crash, Haschel said. The driver of the motorcycle and the driver of the Dodge pickup were uninjured, he said.

25.11. A man is dead after a motorcycle accident that occured around 3:45 p.m. Thursday afternoon. Police said that Kristian Palmer, 32, of Torrington, was driving his 1966 Harley Davidson northbound on Aetna Avenue when he veered to the right of the road and struck several mailboxes. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

26.11. A 55-year-old Horseshoe Bay man has died from injuries he received when he dodged a dog while riding his motorcycle to work on RR 2147 in Cottonwood Shores last week. Robert Castro, 55, died over the weekend at an Austin hospital after the accident on Nov. 17, authorities said. Castro was traveling on his black Harley Davidson from his home in Horseshoe Bay to his job in Marble Falls at about 6:30 a.m. when the one-vehicle accident occurred, said Frank Smith, Cottonwood Shores interim police chief. “Eyewitnesses said he laid his motorcycle down to prevent hitting a dog which had wandered onto the road,” Smith explained.

26.11. A 44-year-old LaFollette man was killed Thanksgiving Day when he lost control of his motorcycle and struck a guardrail in Campbell County. Donald L. Heck was riding northbound on Demory Road about 9:09 p.m. near High Knob Road when he failed to negotiate a curve, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Larry Skeen. The 1980 Harley Davidson left the roadway and hit a guardrail.

27.11. A fatality occurred Wednesday evening 2 miles west of Salina on Cole Strang Rd. According to an accident report, 52-year-old Paul Littlefield of Pryor was ejected from his Harley Davidson motorcycle after failing to negotiate a curve. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The driver was not wearing a helmet, the report states.

29.11. A Middle Island father of four, who just purchased his first motorcycle this year, died Monday morning after he crashed his bike in Huntington, Suffolk Police and neighbors said. Mark Spoerer, 52, was driving his 2009 Harley Davidson eastbound on Route 25 when he apparently lost control of his motorcycle and struck a utility pole west of Schiller Avenue at approximately 10:40 a.m, police said. He was transported to Huntington Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

I hope this list of fatal accidents for November 2010 is complete, but I fear it may not be. In the US alone, a average of 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, maintain a safe speed, and ride defensively. Have a safe journey. And should you be caught speeding, do not try to outrun the police, it usually ends in tears.

Requiescant in pace – October 2010

Posted in Harley-Davidson, R.I.P. with tags , , , , , , , , on November 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 drivers who died in a accident. 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 here the latest reports mentioning the fellow divers and passengers killed while doing what they most enjoyed.

Please drive safely and wear a helmet!

R.I.P

1.10. A man and a woman believed to have been his girlfriend died when their motorcycle crashed into a drainage ditch in northern St. Charles County, officials said. The Sheriff’s Department identified them as Ty E. Gustafson, 40, and Angelic C. Jarvis, 36, both of the 400 block of Dames Park Drive in O’Fallon, Mo. Investigators said Gustafson lost control of his 2007 Harley-Davidson about 9 p.m. Thursday on southbound Washeon Road, at Orchard Farm Road. Both died at the scene.

1.10 A motorcycle crash Friday night in Montgomery County claimed the life of one person and injured another, about four miles west of Independence. According to the patrol’s crash log, a 2002 Harley-Davidson motorcycle being driven east on US-160 highway left the roadway and entered a ditch, striking three posts before coming to rest on its side. The rider of the motorcycle and a passenger both were ejected from the bike. The fatality victim was identified as Gordon W. Johnson, 69, of Elk City. He was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger on the motorcycle, Donella A. Johnson, 60, of Elk City, was reported injured. She was taken to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

2.10. A motorcyclist was killed today after his bike crashed on the Reagan Memorial Tollway in Kane County. The 30-year-old man was riding on a silver 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle in the westbound lanes of the tollway (Interstate Highway 88) in Blackberry Township about 11:20 a.m., when it veered to the left and hit a guardrail. The man was thrown from the motorcycle. He was later pronounced dead at Delnor Hospital in Geneva, said state police Master Sgt. Susan Ewald. She could not disclose the name of the victim, pending notification of his family members.

2.10. A Hatboro man was killed after he lost control of the motorcycle he was riding on Interstate 79 in Ohio Township Saturday afternoon. State troopers said Brian Christopher Helm, 41, was riding a Harley Davidson southbound near the Mount Nebo exit, when for some unknown reason he left the roadway and traveled onto the median shoulder. The motorcycle flipped and Helm was thrown over 130 feet. He was pronounced dead when first responders arrived.

3.10. A Midland man died on Saturday morning when his motorcycle crashed in Scurry County. It happened at the intersection of Highway 350 and FM 1606. DPS Troopers tell NewsWest 9, a 1997 Chevy pick-up traveling north failed to yield and slammed into a 2009 Harley Davidson motorcycle, ejecting the driver. The motorcycle driver, 50-year-old Jack Irwin Miller, died at the scene.

3.10. A 55-year-old Carbondale man died Saturday afternoon in a motorcycle crash on Highway 133. David Newcomb was heading south on the highway on his Harley Davidson motorcycle when he went off the right side of the road and traveled 231 feet. Newcomb, who was not wearing a helmet, was ejected off the bike, according to the patrol. The bike rolled 2 1/4 times. Newcomb was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash occurred 20 miles south of Carbondale.

3.10. Two Nanaimo motorcyclists were killed Saturday afternoon when their bike missed a turn. A 17-year-old man had been driving southbound in the right lane of the Nanaimo Parkway between the Jinglepot Road and College Drive exits, police said. He went to move his pickup truck into the left lane, but noticed a motorcycle in his blind spot. So he corrected, police said, and stayed in the right lane. The 51-year-old male driver of the black 2006 Harley Davidson then pulled up next to the truck and glared at the 17-year-old without paying attention to the road. The bike accelerated and kept going straight, though the road ahead curved to the right. The bike went off the road. Both the driver and his 40-year-old female passenger were rushed to hospital, and later succumbed to their life-threatening injuries. Police said both had been wearing beanie-style helmets.

3.10. A 47-year-old Fresno man was killed shortly after 11:30 p.m. Saturday when his 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle crashed with a 2003 Chevrolet at the intersection of Jensen and Valentine avenues. The Fresno County Coroner’s Office identified the driver Sunday as Steven Hill. He was traveling north on Valentine when he stopped at a stop sign. As he crossed Jensen, he rode into the path of the Chevrolet, which had the right of way. Hill died at the scene.

4.10. Two people are dead after being involved in a motorcycle wreck in Shelby County. 48-year-old James Durehl Graves and 44-year-old Ida Poarch Graves were killed when involved in a wreck on their 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle. The accident happened on County Road 55 around 4:20 p.m. on Sunday. James Graves was transported to UAB Hospital before being pronounced dead. Ida Graves was pronounced dead at the scene.

4.10. A man riding a Harley Davidson was killed in a crash Monday night in Idaho Falls. Idaho State Police said Patrick Stephens, 56, was riding north on Hitt Rd. and Martin Newman, 59, was driving southbound in a pickup truck. ISP said when Newman tried to make a turn east onto 1st St., the motorcycle hit the pickup, killing Stephens. Newman was taken to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center where he was treated and released, ISP said. State police said Stephens was not wearing a helmet. Both men are from Idaho Falls.

6.10. A Houston motorcyclist died Saturday night after a collision with a car driven by Winona’s poet laureate, according to the Winona County Sheriff’s Department. Richard Allan Strelow, 56, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at the intersection of county roads 12 and 17 near Witoka, a sheriff’s department press release states. The Harley-Davidson that Strelow was riding and a Subaru Outback driven by Kenneth Douglas McCullough, 67, of Winona collided at about 9:45 p.m. Strelow was not wearing a helmet.

6.10. A man who was ejected from his Harley Davidson motorcycle in a wreck Saturday night has died. The U.S. 98 wreck happened at 8:15 p.m. as Fort Walton Beach resident Matheson D. Nunnery, 52, was traveling westbound west of Inlet Beach, a trooper wrote. A witness said Nunnery veered off the roadway and was ejected from the motorcycle onto the side of the roadway. Nunnery and the 2008 bike rolled several times before coming to a stop on the north shoulder of the road.

7.10. One man is dead after a fatal motorcycle accident involving a deer early Thursday morning. It happened on Rockford’s north side right after midnight on Gleasman Road just east of Old River Road, Sheriff’s Deputies say, Paul L Blunck, 38, of Rockford was riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle going west bound when a deer ran out in front of him. Deputies say, he was pronounced dead at the scene and it appears that he was not wearing a helmet.

9.10. A motorcyclist has died after a car smashed into his Harley-Davidson in Melbourne’s north. The man, in his early 40s, was riding along Spring Street in Preston about 12.40pm (AEDT) on Saturday when he was struck by a sedan pulling out of a residential driveway. The motorcyclist died at the scene while his passenger, also in his 40s, was taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital with minor injuries, police said in a statement.

9.10. A 69-year-old motorcyclist was killed Friday night after his Harley Davidson struck an SUV on I-70 in Howard County, state police said. Earl Burton Walker of South Charleston, W.V., was heading east on I-70, near Woodbine Road in Lisbon when his motorcycle collided with a 1999 Ford Explorer driven by Gary Eugene Fyffe Jr., 33, of Pasadena. State police said the Ford was disabled in the left lane because of a flat front tire when the motorcycle crashed into the back of the SUV. Fyffe, the driver of the Ford Explorer was driving under the influence of alcohol and was arrested for DUI, police said, but no charges have been filed.

10.10. A 9-year old Partlow boy who was riding on the back of his father’s motorcycle died in a two-vehicle accident in Orange County yesterday afternoon. Robert Darwin Promer was killed when the 2009 Harley-Davidson motorcycle driven by his father, Mark Promer, 49, hit the passenger side of a turning pickup truck. Mark Promer was flown to the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville. His condition is not known. Both Promers were wearing helmets.

11.10. The California Highway Patrol identified today the man who died Sunday after crashing his motorcycle into an embankment near Gonzales. At 4 p.m., CHP Officer Robert Lehman said, Johnny Lorono, 54, of Salinas lost control of his 2006 Harley Davidson Road King and slammed into a fence on Gloria Road. Lehman said Lorono had just left the Swiss Rifle Club when the accident occurred. He said that while it appears that alcohol may have been a factor in the crash, the incident is still under investigation. Lorono died at the scene.

12.10. A man was killed in a motorcycle crash on State Road 252 in Franklin County on Oct. 10. Mahlon Gillard, 64, Anderson, was driving a 2005 Harley-Davidson Street Glide westbound at about 3:45 p.m. When he left the north side of the road and entered the ditch line, Gillard was ejected from the motorcycle, a witness reported. The vehicle came to rest on the side of the ditch with the driver trapped underneath. Gillard was pronounced dead at Fayette Memorial Hospital, Connersville.

12.10. A Lawrenceville woman died over the weekend when the motorcycle she and her husband were traveling on struck a sports car in Tennessee. According to a report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 61-year-old Tonya Burns was riding on the back of the Harley-Davidson driven by her husband near tiny Tellico Plains when they “lost control in a curve” at about 2 p.m. Sunday. The motorcycle overcorrected, authorities said, as Burns and husband Alfred Richard Burns Jr. were thrown into an oncoming Mazda Miata convertible. Alfred Burns was injured. His wife died from her injuries, the report said.

13.10. Lubbock police this morning released the names of the two motorcyclists killed Tuesday evening in South Lubbock. Richard Tilson Bagwell, 49, and Christy Ann Winters, 41, both died at University Medical Center following the 7:20 p.m. crash in the 8700 block of University Avenue, police officials said. Bagwell and Winters were riding a 2001 Harley Davidson Road King motorcycle north on University when an SUV hit their motorcycle. Bagwell was operating the motorcycle, and Winters was the passenger. The SUV driven by a 24-year-old woman was southbound in the center lane preparing to turn east onto 87th Street when she failed to yield the right of way, according to the police report. Bagwell and Winters were thrown from the bike. Neither was wearing a helmet.

13.10. A 48-year-old man died after he crashed his motorcycle into a pickup truck on State Road 30A Wednesday afternoon. About 4:30 p.m., Doyle Chappell of Panama City Beach was riding his 2003 Harley Davidson east on S.R. 30A behind a 2005 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by 65-year-old Jeffrey Lee Rozhon, also of Panama City Beach, according to a Florida Highway Patrol news release. Rozhon slowed down to make a right turn onto Kelly Street, and Chappell began to brake, the release said. Chappell’s Harley traveled into the shoulder and went about 140 feet before crashing into the back of the pickup truck. Chappell was taken to Bay Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. He was not wearing a helmet.

14.10. Lonas W. Mack, 49, of Cambridge, died at the Northwestern Medical Center after he crashed his 1989 Harley Davidson motorcycle into a home at 42 Jewell St. Deputies responded to the crash shortly after 7 p.m. Jewell Street is off Lake Road in St. Albans Town, heading toward St. Albans Bay. Investigation revealed that Mack crashed into the house – which doubles as a tax and bookkeeping business – after he turned onto Jewell Street from Lake Road and then accelerated rapidly. As Mack approached the end of the dead-end street, he lost control of his bike and crashed into the side of the building. AmCare Ambulance Service transported Mack to the St. Albans hospital, where he died. Speed and alcohol were contributing factors in the crash, according to the sheriff’s office.

16.10. 62-year-old Ricky Dean Ball was killed when the Harley Davidson he was driving hit a car that police say was in the wrong lane. Ball’s wife, 61-year-old Nancy Lynnette Ball, was driving another motorcycle and was also hit. She was taken to HCMC in Minneapolis and listed in serious condition on Saturday. According to Sheriff Dave Bellows, the victim and his wife were traveling southbound on Cedar Ave. on separate motorcycles when a car going northbound attempted to turn into a driveway, but instead, ended up in the path of the motorcycles.

18.10. A Carson City man was killed Saturday night when his 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle left Genoa Lane near the Settelmeyer silos. Christian Joseph Coleman, 59, was eastbound on Genoa Lane when his motorcycle left the right edge of the roadway and crashed, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol. The accident was reported at 9:45 p.m., according to the Nevada Highway Patrol. Medics found him in a field. He was taken by helicopter to Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

19.10. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has identified Clifton Turner, 55, as the motorcyclist who died from his injuries following a crash in Royal Palm Beach on Oct. 4. Turner was traveling north on Royal Palm Beach Boulevard approaching Sevilla Avenue when he lost control of the 2005 Harley-Davidson, veered off the roadway, overturned and was thrown, according to PBSO. Turner was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center for treatment and was pronounced dead by hospital personnel on Oct. 15, according to the accident report.

20.10. A Brooksville motorcyclist died from his injuries Tuesday afternoon following a two-vehicle accident along County Road 476, troopers said. His 1998 Harley Davidson collided with a pickup as the latter was pulling into a gas station parking lot, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Robert M. Reihsmann, 56, was traveling west along the county highway shortly after 4:30 p.m. when the crash occurred, troopers said. The driver of the 1984 Ford F-250, David J. Hicks, 20, of Bushnell, was traveling eastbound along the same road and was making a left turn into the Circle K food store at the County Road 647 intersection when Reihsmann’s motorcycle rammed into the truck’s front end. Reihsmann was ejected from his motorcycle, the report showed.

23.10. A 43-year-old motorcyclist died from head injuries after he crashed his cycle on State Road 15 during a police chase late Friday night. Around 11:35 p.m., an Elkhart County patrolman saw a 2001 Harley-Davidson traveling 53 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone on the north side of Goshen. As the officer attempted to make a traffic stop, the motorcyclist picked up speed. The fatal crash happened several minutes later on a recently improved section of road, just north of U.S. 20. During the road upgrade, changes were made to both grade and curves, police said. Police identified the motorcyclist as David D. Untiedt.

23.10. Iowa County Sheriff’s Dept. Deputies responded to a motorcycle crash on CTH YD just east of STH 23-151 in the Town of Mineral Point. Deputies located a 1976 Harley Davidson wrecked in the ditch at this location. The operator was located 30 feet from the motorcycle. The driver was identified as Jeffrey A. DeVoss (44) from Dodgeville. Mr. DeVoss suffered serious head injuries and was transported to Upland Hills Hospital by Mineral Point EMS and then transported to UW Madison Hospital by Med Flight. Later Jeffrey A. DeVoss was later pronounced dead at UW Hospital. Preliminary investigation shows DeVoss was following a friend on another motorcycle traveling northwest on CTH YD. DeVoss lost control negotiating a curve and was ejected from the motorcycle. Jeffrey DeVoss was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and alcohol may be a factor as to the cause.

24.10. One person is dead after a Saturday night wreck on Interstate 85 in Greenville County. According to Lance Cpl. Scot Edgeworth with the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the driver of a 1996 Harley Davidson motorcycle, identified as 42-year old Kade Stokes, of Piedmont, was riding southbound on the Interstate around mile marker 46 when he failed to slow down for traffic. Stokes struck the back of a 1993 Dodge pickup truck, driven by 45-year old Charles Miller, of Piedmont, and was ejected from the motorcycle. Stokes was not wearing a helmet and pronounced dead at the scene due to blunt force trauma. Miller was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured.

24.10. A Seffner man died Saturday night after crashing a motorcycle into a car pulling into a gas station. While riding a 2010 Harley Davidson north on Valrico Road about 7 p.m., 37-year-old Henry Jordan, of 1017 Lakeshore Ranch Drive, hit the front end of Ryan Persaud’s 2002 Toyota Tundra as Persaud was turning into the Citgo parking lot at Valrico Road and Sydney Road. Persaud, 27, of 3409 Highwood Road in Valrico, violated Jordan’s right of way. He wasn’t hurt, but Jordan, who was wearing a helmet and eye protection, died at the scene.

27.10. A motorcyclist was killed this afternoon in Newcastle when he veered into the path of an oncoming van on a rural Placer County roadway. Officer Dave Montijo of the California Highway Patrol said the man was riding a 1997 Harley Davidson motorcycle eastbound on Indian Hill Road at Newcastle Road at 2:43 p.m. At that point, Montijo said, the road consists of two eastbound lanes heading uphill and one westbound lane coming downhill. As he approached a slight curve, the motorcyclist strayed into the opposite lane where he collided head on with a 2003 commercial Chevy van. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not been released pending notification of family.

Although the front end of the 2003 white utility van was crushed, the driver of the van, Christopher J. Lemieux, 27, of Fair Oaks, was not injured. Sgt. Dan Fugate of the California Highway Patrol called the van driver “pretty much a very lucky” individual. According to Montijo, at the time of impact, both vehicles were traveling at 50 mph; the speed limit is 55.

28.10. The 67-year-old man who died when he crashed his motorcycle on U.S. Highway 27 south of South Bay Wednesday has been identified as Paul Raymond Bloch of Wake Forest, N.C., according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Bloch was headed southbound about seven miles south of South Bay when he lost control of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle he was riding, and was thrown to the ground as the cycle flipped, the highway patrol reports this morning.

29.10. A 57-year-old Kersey man died Thursday night when his motorcycle collided with a car at U.S. 34 and Weld County Road 45, just east of Greeley. The unidentified motorcyclist collided with a Cadillac driven by an 83-year-old man, according to Trooper Nate Reid of the Colorado State Patrol. The motorcycle involved was a 2000 Harley-Davidson. U.S. 34 was temporarily closed because of the crash Thursday night, as state troopers and Greeley police diverted traffic around the scene. The names of the drivers haven’t been released, pending notification of relatives. Trooper Reid said the motorcyclist was taken by ambulance to North Colorado Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead in the emergency room. The driver of the Cadillac suffered minor injuries.

31.10. A motorcyclist died and a second motorcyclist is in critical condition after trying to avoid a deer in the road in Sarasota, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The men were on Clark Road, just east of Myakka Valley Road, about 7:15 p.m. Saturday. George Taylor, riding a 2000 Harley Davidson, swerved to avoid the deer but couldn’t. He lost control of the bike and was thrown off, the FHP said. James Roe, riding behind Taylor on a 2010 Harley Davidson, swerved and missed the deer but lost control of his bike and was thrown. Both men, who are from Kentucky, went to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. Taylor, 67, died, and Roe, 65, is listed in critical condition.

31.10. A Plant City man died Sunday, and his daughter was hospitalized after his motorcycle crashed into a car that was pulling out of a driveway, deputies said. Roy Margison, 46, was backing out of his driveway shortly before 10 p.m. to head south on Branch Forbes Road when Carlos Camacho‘s Harley-Davidson struck the front end of Margison’s Ford Explorer, the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office said. Camacho, 49, and his daughter, Elise Berk, 19, were thrown off the motorcycle and onto the pavement. Deputies said Camacho died at Lakeland Regional Hospital. Berk, also taken to the hospital, is in stable condition.

31.10. The Florida Highway Patrol reports that a motorcyclist and his passenger were killed in an early morning crash in Naples. According to the FHP, the crash occurred at 1:51 a.m. Sunday morning on Pine Ridge Road at the intersection of I-75. An Isuzu truck driven by Julio R. Vilagut, 50, of Naples, was headed westbound on Pine Ridge Rd. when he stopped at the traffic signal. An approaching Harley-Davidson motorcycle struck the rear of the truck, ejecting both the motorcycle’s driver and the passenger. Both were pronounced dead on scene. The driver of the truck suffered minor injuries. The names of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

I hope this list of fatal accidents for October 2010 is complete, but I fear it may not be. In the US alone, a average of 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, maintain a safe speed, and ride defensively. Have a safe journey. And should you be caught speeding, do not try to outrun the police, it usually ends in tears.

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