Requiescant in pace – June 2010

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

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3 Responses to “Requiescant in pace – June 2010”

  1. Johnny was and still is my heart and soul. Although we didn’t complete a life here we will be in love for the rest of eternity.I know one of the first thing he did was ride his Harley in heaven as I am blessed to be privelged to have a realationship wiIth my baby in heaven.You are no longer my “Secret Love” you are the only love for me.I will wait until you take me home with you forever and ever more. I love you so, my darling,my best friend & lover. Your True Love Forever.

  2. It makes up about just as much as a hundred and fifty,000 mental faculties injuries each year in the united kingdom. 5…. Highway site visitors crash claim firm (RTA’s)! road automobile accident claim !Road Accidents

  3. Enjoy your ride – but drive defensively. Today is the 7th of July, and I received already 26 (!) news snippets of fatal accidents involving a Harley-Davidson motorcycle…

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