Agent86 Posted October 28, 2007 Share Posted October 28, 2007 On my way to work last week at about 4:30 AM, noticed a lot of flashing lights on the other side of the divided road as I got closer, I see a minivan, upside down and pointing in the wrong direction. I slow and notice one sheriff’s vehicle parked sideways on my side of the road. Being that I am riding a motorcycle, I ignore the attempted roadblock and drive around the patrol car. About a hundred feet down the road, I see the remains of a motorcycle. I can’t tell you what brand, it just looked like a wadded up piece of aluminum foil. I have seen a few motorcycle collisions, but never one this destroyed. There is a group of EMTs and deputies staring down at the remains of the motorcycle rider, in about the same condition as the motorcycle. It was obvious that he or she did not survive. Later I had the opportunity to talk to a deputy on the scene that said that the motorcycle was stopped at a red light and was struck from behind by the minivan traveling in excess of 100 mph. There were no skid marks prior to the collision. I was going to post something the morning that this happened, but all I could do was think about what I saw and wished evil thought about the minivan driver. That evening the news mentioned that a motorcycle rider was killed when struck by another vehicle. They, as usual, mentioned that the motorcycle rider was not wearing a helmet, which I am sure made no difference in this incident. The only reason that I am sharing this experience is to emphasize that even with our best efforts, we cannot forget that riding motorcycles is an acceptance of risk. I doubt that there was anything this rider could have done to prevent what happened, but I encourage everyone to keep an eye on your rear view mirror, keep your bike in gear in the event you need to move in a hurry, and you cannot have too many flashing do-dads on the rear of your ride. Ride safe. Link to comment
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