I subscribed to Google news with certain key words, like “Harley-Davidson” and “Road King”, and first I was quite shocked to get on a daily basis email notifications of a fellow Harley driver who died in a accident and these news alerts are mainly limited to events in the US.
I think that in some cases one can learn from these tragic events, and I want to continue to produce this compilation, mentioning the fellow divers and passengers killed while doing what they most enjoyed.
1.8. The Springfield Police Department is investigating a two-vehicle, fatality crash that occurred at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Glenstone and Sunset. The crash involved a southbound Harley Davidson motorcycle and a northbound Toyota minivan that was turning west onto Sunset. 24-year-old Ryan Bonnarens of Springfield was on a Harley Davidson when he was hit by a minivan, and was pronounced dead a short time later. Speed on the part of the motorcycle operator is believed to be a significant factor in the crash.
1.8. A motorcyclist from Pinellas Park was killed Sunday morning when his cycle and an oncoming car making a turn collided, police said. The motorist, Celia Worley Ducharme, 77, was driving a Honda north on 34th Street S and attempting to turn left onto 22nd Avenue. At the same time, a Harley Davidson cycle driven by Dominick Devivo, 69, was going south on 34th Street, along with another cyclist. Ducharme, who told police she did not see the two cyclists at first, started her turn. While one cyclist split off and went to the rear of the car, the one driven by Devivo collided with the front of the car, police said. Devivo was pronounced dead at the scene. Ducharme, of St. Petersburg, suffered minor injures and was taken to Bayfront Medical Center.
2.8. A Milford man died after wrecking his 1978 Harley-Davidson near Syracuse on Sunday morning. The crash happened a little before 3 a.m. on Bowser Road, say police. Darin A. Hostetler, 42, was found pinned under his motorcycle in a bean field, several feet away from the road. The Kosciusko County F.A.C.T./Crash Investigation Team said Hostetler was traveling south on Bowser Road when he failed to make a sharp turn and continued on into the bean field. He was not wearing a helmet and died later in hospital.
3.8. Justin Dilks, 34, of Quincy, Mass. was riding north on Route 302 with three friends at 5:22 p.m. when he climbed to a standing position on the seat of his red 2004 Harley-Davidson Night Train and began waving with one hand. Dilks lost control and was pitched over the handlebars in the crash. Dilks, who was not wearing a helmet, was pronounced dead at the scene of severe head injuries. Marjorie Loonie, 47, of Melrose, Mass., was riding her black 2006 Harley-Davidson behind Dilks and crashed as she tried to avoid hitting him, police said. She was taken to Bridgton Hospital and then flown by helicopter to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. She also was not wearing a helmet.
Police said: “Most motorcyclists don’t do dangerous maneuvers like trick riding on the highway, thanks goodness it doesn’t happen often, or we’d see more of this.”
3.8. A Nappanee man died Tuesday in a motorcycle crash in Kosciusko County. The crash was reported just before 4:30 p.m. at Indiana 13 and Kosciusko County Road 500 North, just south of North Webster. Marvin Miller, 41, was riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle north on Indiana 13 when a Jeep heading south on the same road turned into Miller’s path. The driver of the Jeep, Ronald Schwartz Jr., 44, of Syracuse, was turning west onto County Road 500 North and stopped directly in the path of Miller’s motorcycle. Miller’s motorcycle went down on its side but continued to slide and then strike the Jeep. Miller died at the scene. He was not wearing a helmet.
4.8. Biker Ray Torres cheated death on Aug. 1, 2009, when a hit-and-run “cager” – what bikers call a car or truck driver – left him lying in an Arlington street with a mangled leg, facing six months of painful rehab. But his luck ran out about 4 a.m. Aug. 8, when he and his deep blue Dyna Low Rider Harley-Davidson tangled with another hit-and-run driver in Lewisville. Ray died at the scene, one of almost 500 people who die in motorcycle accidents each year in Texas. His passenger – 25-year-old Lindsay Willard Bently of The Colony – remains hospitalized at Parkland Memorial Hospital. Police have impounded a late-model SUV with front-end damage, but no arrests have been made. “It seems like God said we could have him for another year,” said Tina Marie Fairless, owner of Marie Red’s, a biker bar on Abram Street in Arlington.
4.8. A man who died when his motorbike collided with a car while he was travelling to a Harley Davidson event in Cornwall has been named. Jamie Holland, 50, from Buckhurst Hill, Essex, died on 30 July after the crash on the B3212 at Longdown, in Devon. The driver of the Honda Civic was uninjured, but Mr Holland died from his injuries. In a tribute, Mr Holland’s family said he was “a kind, gentle and loving soul”. Paramedics and the Devon Air Ambulance attended the incident which closed the road for six hours.
5.8. A motorcycle rider from North Carolina died Wednesday afternoon when he crashed his Harley Davidson bike while taking a curve. The collision was reported at about 5:40 p.m. after it happened on Highway 107 north of Mountain Rest, about 1.5 miles from the state line. Donald Ray Wilson, 63, of Woods Mountain Trail died at the scene, and he was wearing a helmet. Wilson was heading north on Highway 107 when his 2006 Harley Davidson bike crossed the center line in a curve which bears to the right. The motorcycle and its driver went off the road along the left shoulder, landing down an embankment at the base of a tree, he said. It appeared Wilson hit the brakes just before leaving the road, Addis said.
7.8. A motorcycle accident in Charles Mix County has cost a Wisconsin women her life. 57-year-old Lynn Dannecker of Greenfield, Wis. was a passenger on a Harley Davidson motorcycle when it appears the motorcycles rear tire blew out. The driver of the motorcycle, 62-year-old Laurence Maye, also of Greenfield, Wis., lost control and both the driver and passenger were thrown from the motorcycle. The passenger was pronounced dead at a hospital in Wagner and the driver was flown to a Sioux Falls hospital with life-threatening injuries. The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating.
7.8. A Montana woman has been killed in a motorcycle crash east of Cottonwood, in central South Dakota. The highway patrol says 63-year-old Diane Thompson of Boulder, Mont., was a passenger on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle that crashed about 2:40 p.m. Friday. The driver, 54-year-old Michael Anderson of Helena, Mont., suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The patrol says it’s believed the motorcycle’s rear tire suddenly lost air pressure, causing Anderson to lose control. The motorcycle slid into a ditch.
8.8. The Colorado State Patrol on Sunday a person killed in a motorcycle accident in a work zone on Intertate 25 in Larimer County on Thursday. James Williams, 51, of Ingleburn, New South Wales, Australia, died instantly when he rolled the 2007 Harley Davidson he was driving. Neither Williams nor his passenger, Julie Williams, were wearing helmets when they were thrown from the bike. Julie Williams was taken to the Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland in serious condition. The motorcycle rolled over as the driver attempted to change lanes from a milled surface onto new raised asphalt.
11.8. A motorcycle driver was killed Tuesday morning in an accident near McIntosh. Around 9:30 a.m. Dominic J. Mosbrucker, 52, of Mandan, N.D., was driving a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and a small trailer southbound on SD 65 near McIntosh when he lost control and went into the east ditch. Mosbrucker was thrown from his motorcycle and died at the scene.
11.8. Christopher Williams, 44, of Sturminster Newton in Dorset, died when he fell from his Harley-Davidson motorbike and was struck by a passing vehicle. The incident happened in Ramales de la Victoria, Cantabria, in the north of the country, on Saturday. The Foreign Office said the family of Mr Williams had been told and it was providing consular assistance. A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We can confirm the death of a British national in Ramales de la Victoria in Cantabria on 7 August.” Spanish police said it appeared Mr Williams was on his own when the accident happened and died immediately. A spokesman said: “It is not known why the man fell from his bike. The Civil Guard is investigating the incident.”
12.8. The South Dakota Highway Patrol responded to two fatal Sturgis motorcycle rally-related crashes.
Dennis Knouse, 52, of Huron, was killed after his 2002 Harley-Davidson motorcycle crossed the center line while traveling south on Silver City Road and struck a 2010 Harley-Davidson motorcycle driven by Thomas Barb, 52, of Garden City, Kan. Knouse was not wearing a helmet and died from his injuries. Barb was also not wearing a helmet and received minor injuries. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash; no citations were issued.
In a single-vehicle accident, Daniel Maddaus, 52, of Las Vegas, died after his 1997 Harley-Davidson motorcycle began to fishtail on U.S. Highway 83 south of Murdo. He lost control and went into the ditch. Maddaus was not wearing a helmet and was fatally injured in the crash.
At least nine other deaths this year are believed related to the rally being held this week. Last year, half a dozen deaths were believed related to the event.
15.8. Robert Cody Schoonover, 47, of Molalla died after he apparently lost control of his motorcycle while traveling westbound on Interstate 84, near Pendleton. Schoonover lost control of his 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle as it traveled off the roadway and onto the gravel shoulder near milepost 196, 11 miles from Pendleton. The motorcycle slid and rolled before coming to rest on the shoulder of the interstate. Officials do not believe there were any other cars or witnesses near the motorcycle when it crashed. A passing motorist found him and called for help. Troopers arrived on the scene at about 10:15 p.m. and pronounced Schoonover dead. Schoonover was driving his motorcycle with a suspended license
15.8. A New London man died when his motorcycle crashed into a pickup truck on Butler Road. Thomas J. Denes, 54, was driving south on Butler Road on a 2002 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic just before 11 p.m. when he drove over the center line at a hill crest south of Ohio 303 late Saturday night. He collided head-on with a 1998 Dodge pickup truck driven by Billy J. Teter, 33, of Wellington. “After he struck the truck, he continued south on the west side of the roadway, and the motorcycle kept tumbling down the hill,” Ohio State Highway Patrol reported. Denes was not wearing a helmet and suffered severe head injuries.
16.8. A Bruce Township man was killed today in a motorcycle-car accident, the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office said. Martin G. Waikel, 45, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident on southbound M-53 in Bruce Township at about 12:10 a.m., according to a sheriff’s news release. Authorities said Waikel’s 1997 Harley-Davidson was southbound when he tried to pass a 1998 Saab, hitting the left rear end of the Saab. No one in the car was hurt.
The sheriff’s office said this is the third motorcycle death in the township this year. Two people died in a March 18 crash on Fisher Road north of 32 Mile and a 68-year-old woman died May 28 on 32 Mile west of Mound.
16.8. The Nevada Highway Patrol says a Battle Mountain man was killed and his wife seriously injured when their Harley Davidson motorcycle crashed down a steep embankment in Churchill County. 66 year-old Michael S. Jurad died at the scene. The patrol says 44-year-old Mary Jurad was flown to a Reno hospital and was listed Monday in serious condition. The accident happened just before 10 a.m. Sunday on State Route 722. The NHP says the pair was riding with another couple who was ahead of them. After losing sight of the Jurads, they stopped to wait for them, then turned around and discovered the accident scene.
18.8. The Fremont Post of the Highway Patrol is investigating a two-vehicle fatal traffic crash in Sandusky County on Ohio 101. On Tuesday at about 10:13 p.m., The Fremont Patrol Post was dispatched to an injury crash on Ohio 101 near mile post 2, south of Clyde. When the Patrol arrived on the scene, they determined that Lana C. Adams, 16, of Clyde, driving a 1999 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight, was traveling northbound on Ohio 101 and Nicholas R. Darr, 24, of Clyde, riding a 2005 Harley Davidson Screaming Eagle Sportster motorcycle, was southbound on Ohio 101. The Oldsmobile drove left of center and struck the Harley Davidson head on. Darr was ejected. Adams was not injured and was wearing a seat belt. Darr was pronounced dead at the scene.
19.8. A 58-year-old Bellevue man died tonight when his motorcycle collided with a car on Highway 395 south of Deer Park. Richard P. Wittgenstein was riding his 2007 Harley-Davidson on the highway shortly before 5 p.m. when a northbound 2007 Chrysler Pacifica driven by Richard A. Handley, 65, of Loon Lake crossed over the center line, striking Wittgenstein in the southbound lane, according to Washington State Patrol. Wittgenstein, who was wearing a helmet, died at the scene. Handley sustained minor injuries that were treated at the scene.
19.8. A Fort Bliss soldier who was killed in a motorcycle crash on Aug. 18 has been identified. The crash happened around 6:45 p.m. at the intersection of Copia Street and Copper Avenue near Memorial Park in Central El Paso. The investigation conducted by police revealed 21-year-old Eric Spurgeon was operating a 2008 black Harley Davidson motorcycle south on Copia Street, when he lost control of the motorcycle and ran over the right curb, striking the cement bridge abutment, said police. Spurgeon was not wearing a helmet and was thrown from the motorcycle and died at the scene.
20.8. A motorcyclist has died after a collision involving a minibus on a road at a power station construction site in Pembrokeshire, say Dyfed-Powys Police. Andrew Llewellyn, 43, from Wiston, was on a Harley Davidson in the collision on the Pembroke Power Station approach road at 0655 BST on Thursday. Police said the Ford Transit minibus driver was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. The man, 52, was released on bail while further investigations are carried out.
20.8. Police are investigating a fatal crash this morning that occurred on Interstate 96 near Merriman Road. Johnny Weaver, a 54-year-old Livonia man was pronounced dead at the scene of the 2:13 a.m. crash. The man was riding a 2010 Harley-Davidson motorcycle on the eastbound side of the freeway when he struck the rear of another vehicle, police said. Investigators believe a white, tractor-trailer truck and a Ford pickup or SUV were involved in the crash. The other involved vehicle or vehicles left the crash scene.
21.8. A man was killed in a motorcycle accident late Friday night in Glendale. Police say the unidentified man lost control of his Harley-Davidson motorcycle while riding north on 51st Avenue, when he hit the curb on the east side of the road. Officer Gerald Sydnor said the cause of the crash is still under investigation. The rider was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene.
23.8. Butler County Sheriff Deputies investigate a motorcycle crash that killed a Xenia woman this weekend. 43 year old Gail Arnold lost control of her her 2007 Harley Davidson and slammed into a Jeep around 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The crash happened on Trenton Franklin Road in Madison Township, just outside of Middletown. Arnold was riding with her husband and a group of friends. Witnesses say she crossed the double line and hit the Jeep head-on. Arnold was thrown from the motorcycle into a nearby field. She was not wearing a helmet.
22.8. A 31-year-old New Hampshire man died in a motorcycle crash on I-81 in Union Township early Sunday. State police at Jonestown said Craig S. Collins of Epping, N.H., was traveling north on the interstate in the left lane when he fell backwards off of his 2006 Harley-Davidson Police Road King motorcycle at 8:37 a.m. Sunday. He slid on his left side along the shoulder of the roadway before hitting a guide rail between mile markers 88.8 and 88.9.
24.8. An Elk Grove man died and his wife was injured late Sunday night when their Harley-Davidson motorcycle struck the rear of a pickup truck on Interstate 80 west of Mace Boulevard. Donald J. Halverstadt, 44, was pronounced dead just before midnight at UC Davis Medical Center. Dana Halverstadt, 40, suffered injuries to her hands, knees and hips. Halverstadts were traveling east about 11:15 p.m. when their cycle veered left and hit the rear of the pickup.
24.8. A Knoxville man died Tuesday morning from injuries he received in a motorcycle crash in Fountain City Monday. According to Knoxville police, 55-year-old Bruce Arnold was traveling northbound just after 3:30 p.m. on his Harley Davidson behind a Pontiac Bonneville in the 5500 block of Broadway. When the driver of the Pontiac attempted to merge left into a turn lane, Arnold locked down the motorcycle in an attempt to avoid a collision, police said. Arnold crashed into the back of the car, he was wearing a skull cap helmet.
27.8. A Missouri bootheel resident was killed Thursday night while riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle along a New Madrid County highway. Troopers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol say just after 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 48-year-old Larry Taylor, of Matthews, Mo., was riding along Route-AA south of Miner, when he slammed into a cow on the road. The motorcycle ran off the pavement, overturned and threw the driver into the weeds. Taylor was pronounced dead at the scene. The cow was also killed in the accident.
28.8. A 49-year-old Worthington man, David R. “Pete” Sayers, was pronounced dead at an Indianapolis hospital as a result of injuries he received in a tragic head-on crash Friday evening. Rescue personnel were on the scene of the accident involving a motorcycle and pickup truck in the area of State Road 157 and Smith Ferry Road on the east edge of Worthington until late Friday. Sayers was operating a Harley Davidson motorcycle at the time of the crash. Jean Sayers, a passenger on the motorcycle, also sustained numerous serious injuries and remained in an Indianapolis hospital as of early Saturday.
29.8. Peter Corris, 54, and his 53-year-old wife Jacqueline, from Leyland, Lancashire, have been killed and several people have been left injured in a crash on the A9 in the Highlands. Northern Constabulary said the collision involving a car and motorcycle happened at about 1048 BST three miles south of Dalwhinnie. The man and woman on the bike died at the scene. Four people had to be cut free from the car. The crash comes on the same weekend as the annual Harley Davidson rally Thunder in the Glens, which is based at Aviemore, it is not known if the two dead had been attending the event. Thunder in the The Glen is the largest gathering of Harley Davidson enthusiasts in Scotland, attracting thousands of people from across Britain and Europe.
29.8. A woman who swerved in front of a motorcycle rider, who was killed in a crash on westbound Moreno (60) Valley Freeway, may be charged with misdemeanor manslaughter, it was reported today. Albert Jackson Welch, 59, died in the accident east of Day Street about 12:45 p.m. Saturday, authorities said. Stephanie Clation, 38, of Moreno Valley, allegedly swerved out of the fast lane and into the carpool lane into Welch’s path, according to a press report. Welch braked and the front tire of his Harley-Davidson struck the bumper of Clation’s car, throwing him off the bike, according to the California Highway Patrol. Welch was declared dead at Riverside County Regional Medical Center about an hour later.
29.8. A motorcyclist who was killed in an East Moline accident Saturday has been identified as Steve Lawson, 46, of Silvis, Ill. Lawson died of traumatic injuries to the chest and abdomen. The crash involved a Harley Davidson motorcycle and a Ford Escape sport utility vehicle, police said. Both drivers were transported to Genesis Medical Center, Illini Campus, Silvis, Ill., where Lawson was pronounced dead. The driver of the Ford was treated and then released. Lawson apparently lost control of the motorcycle and went down before sliding into the path of the Ford Escape. A witness thought the motorcycle was going too fast, so speed might be a factor. The rear wheel on the bike also was nearly bald, which could have contributed to the crash, police added.
29.8. An Athol man died Saturday night after crashing his motorcycle on U.S. Highway 95 in southern Bonner County. Mason L. Justin, 36, was driving north on Highway 95 about 7:30 p.m. when he crossed both southbound lanes near the intersection with Homestead Road, the Idaho State Police reported. The 1991 Harley Davidson went off the west side of the road and Justin was thrown from it. Justin was not wearing a helmet and died at the scene.
30.8. 63-year-old Donald Karns died from injuries he suffered while riding his motorcycle with his wife, Elizabeth, yesterday afternoon around 4:00. Karns was driving eastbound on State Route 444 and struck the passenger side of a pickup truck that was travelling west on Route 444. The pickup was attempting to turn left onto a 675 Southbound on ramp when Kurns’ 1949 Harley Davidson struck the side of the vechicle. Elizabeth did not suffer any serious injuries but Donald was transported to Miami Valley Hospital with life threatening injuries. He later died at Miami Valley just before 11 p.m. last night. Donald and Elizabeth were not wearing helmets.
30.8. A crash involving an SUV and a motorcycle killed one person and critically injured another, the Lake Wales Police Department reported Monday morning. The accident happened around 2:30 p.m. Sunday on Chalet Suzanne Road, near Eagle Ridge Mall. The driver of the motorcyle, Bruce E. Servo, 55, of Winter Haven, was killed, police reported. The injured person was his passenger, Elizabeth “Betty” Ann Servo, 53, also of Winter Haven. The preliminary accident report indicates that the Servos were riding east on Chalet Suzanne Road on their 2007 Harley-Davidson motorcycle when a 2004 Dodge Durango crossed into the motorcycle’s travel lane. Bruce Servo suffered major injuries from the impact with the Dodge and the secondary impact with the ground. He was pronounced dead at the scene by personnel from Polk County Emergency Medical Serivces. Neither motorcycle rider was wearing a helmet.
30.8. A 25-year-old man from St. Charles was killed late Sunday night in a motorcycle crash, police said. A few minutes before midnight, Nick Chester II was heading north in the 1600 block of Zumbehl Road, police said. Chester drove between two vehicles also heading north and struck a curb near Hawks Nest Drive. Police said the Harley-Davidson motorcycle was accelerating “at a high rate of speed” when Chester was thrown from the motorcycle and suffered a severe head injury. Chester was only wearing a skull cap.
31.8. A 67-year-old motorcyclist died after his Harley-Davidson was struck by an SUV in Morgan County. Daniel E. Lovegrove of Oakdale was killed about 9:36 p.m. on state Highway 299 near the intersection of Snow Hill Road, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Kenneth Sheldon. Lovegrove was riding south negotiating a left-hand curve when a northbound 1986 Ford Bronco negotiating a right-hand curve went into the southbound lane and hit his 2002 Harley, according to Sheldon’s report. The driver of the Bronco, Ellis Ray Hamby Jr., had been drinking, according to police.
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I hope this list of fatal accidents for August 2010 is complete, but I fear it may not be. In the US alone, about 14 motorcycle drivers die every day. If you know of other tragedies involving drivers of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, please feel free to add them in their memories in the comment fields.
In the meantime, keep your distance, wear a helmet, maintain a safe speed and ride defensively. Have a safe journey.