Requiescant in pace – January 2011

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.

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One Response to “Requiescant in pace – January 2011”

  1. MICHAEL ALLEN WAS MY BROTHER!! I WATHED HIM GROW HE WAS MY LITTLE BEST FRIEND!! I WILL NEVER GET 2 SAY HI OR I LOVE YOU AGAIN!!! BUT RIP!!! 22 IS TOO YOUNG!!! BUT WE LOST OUR MOM 3 YRS AGO 2 LEFT 8 OF US BEHIND. YOULL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN MY LITTLEMAN ALWAYS!! HE DIED THE 30TH OF LAST YR,WE WOUND UP BURIEING HIM FEB/14 MY BIRTHDAY VALENTINES DAY!!

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