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It’s open season for motorcycles

By James - 3/25/2007

Spring is here and a lot of people are hopping on their bikes after a few months in winter storage. It is important to take it easy while you tune your skills back to street-shape. Unfortunately we have to train the cagers that we are back on the road. As Jesper wrote last week,

A good rule of thumb, the first month or so of riding, is to ride expecting that car drivers haven’t seen you. It might sound stupid, but several years of riding have taught me that there’s something to it.

It seems to be becoming an epidemic. I have been reading about a pregnant teenager that pulled out infront of a motorcycle. He rear ended her and died when he got to the hospital.

INDIANAPOLIS – A 28-year-old man was killed Saturday afternoon in a collision involving a motorcycle and SUV on Indianapolis’ southwest side.

Police said the wreck happened at about 4:30 p.m. at the intersection of Old Mills Drive and Mills Road.

The man on the motorcycle had just received his endorsement permit earlier in the day, according to police.

Police said he was going westbound on Mills Road when an SUV, driven by a pregnant 17-year-old girl, pulled out in front of him.

The motorcyclist was taken to Methodist Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The girl was taken to St. Francis Hospital, where she was reported in good condition and the baby was OK, police said.

The name of the victim was not immediately released.

A crash occurred when a car made a left hand turn in front of oncoming motorcycles.
MIDDLEBORO — A Raynham man was killed in a crash involving three motorcycles and a car on Route 44 Saturday afternoon.

Lt. David M. Mackiewicz said the preliminary investigation indicates the driver of the car was traveling eastbound on Route 44 and making a left hand turn onto the northbound ramp to Interstate 495. The motorcycles were traveling westbound on Route 44 when the crash occurred at 4 p.m. Mackiewicz said it is unclear whether the car hit the motorcycles, or the motorcycles hit the car.

All three men who were on the motorcycles were taken by ambulance to Morton Hospital in Taunton where one, a 43-year-old man from Raynham, was pronounced dead. Mackiewicz said the other two men were being evaluated for possible transport to Boston.

Another instance of a left turn violation of the right of way of a motorcycle.
EUSTIS – A Lady Lake man died and a Eustis woman was critically injured in motorcycle crash late Friday night.

The pair was headed east on County Road 44A at about 11:20 p.m. when a blue 1986 Oldsmobile four-door crossed their path at the intersection of County Road 44, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The driver of the 2006 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide swerved but did not avoid the collision.

The motorcycle driver, a 50-year-old man, died at the site of the crash, the FHP said. Passenger Carla A. Stephens, 46 was taken to the hospital in critical but stable condition after being ejected from the bike. Both wore helmets.

Neither the Oldsmobile driver, 22-year-old James A. Leonard, or his passengers Geneva Heard, 18, and a 10-month old in a carseat, were injured, FHP said.

I have noticed a dramatic up tick in the number of accident reports in the last couple of weeks. So, just like the rest of the year remember, cagers are trying to kill you. The difference now is that your skills are a little rusty, so your stopping distance is a little longer, your reactions are a little slower, your swerves are a little lazier, and your anticipation is a little bit less accurate.



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  1. I know this man and he had been riding for quite some time…..even though he had just got the permit. He did not rear end the suv he tried to stop when she pulled out in front of him and dumped the bike and he flew into the side of the suv and when he hit the the ground she ran over him. He was also wearing a helmet at the time. This was not in anyway shape or form his fault.

    Comment by not important — 3/26/2007 @ 6:36 am

  2. Here’s ANOTHER example! This accident happened this last Saturday (March 24th, 2007). Andy was a friend of mine. Here locally, there have been TWO motorcycle related fatalities already and the weather has literally been warm enough to ride for a WEEK! We have our “Annual Bi-State Motorcycle Awareness Ride” the first Saturday in May every year. It’s the largest BI-State Awareness ride in the Nation!! It urks me to NO END that we have to wait until then to raise awareness that motorcycles are sharing the roads too!! How many more will have to die before people catch on??

    “A 33-year-old Davenport, Iowa man died of injuries sustained when the motorcycle he was driving collided with a car at the intersection of West Central Park Ave. and Main St just before 6 p.m. According to witnesses, Andy Heiser was driving his cycle West on Central Park when it collided with a car driven by Daniel J. White, 44, of Davenport, that had been going South on Main, but had turned East onto Central Park. Heiser was wearing a helmet, but it came off during the crash. He was transported by Medic to Genesis Medical Center for treatment of multiple injuries. He died at about 8 p.m.”

    Andy is survived by his wife and four children.

    Comment by KC aka GixxerChick — 3/28/2007 @ 12:04 pm

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