Requiescant in pace – December 2010

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!



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


One Response to “Requiescant in pace – December 2010”

  1. motorlos carlos Says:

    drive safely and be safety first

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