So I get to work this morning and as usual I sign on to this site to read up on anything that I might have missed in the last 12 hours or so. The first post I read is the one that copper made about a rider down and I think to myself "wow that's shitty...hope the family is ok" and I quickly move on to the next post thinking nothing of it.
Until just about 15 minutes ago. I stop by my Bro's house on the way home, from work, to say a quick hello and I notice my fuel light comes on. I figure that I better get some gas on the way home so that my bike is gassed up for the morning. I decide to go to the nearest gas station so that I can make it home fast in order to get ready to return to the same Bro's house for dinner.
The gas station is just down the road and it's at an infamous rotary that is good for at least 3-4 car accidents a year. I get around the rotary and into the gas station thinking to myself "wow you nailed that rotary and whipped that bike around the crowded parking lot like the bike was part of you".
Then out of nowhere a guy comes running into the parking lot yelling that someone just got into a motorcycle accident and is hurt really bad. It is in the rotary? NO Is it on the adjacent 2 lane highway? NO it's around the corner on a side street.
I was an emt/firefighter/police officer for about 10years (years ago) so I instantly start running up the street to see if I can help. There he was in the middle of the street! He was just kid-(KID!!!!) no more than 21-24 years old lying face down. The first thing that I notice is that there is NOTHING that I can do for him. The second thing I noticed is that he has NO HELMET ON! His girlfriend is on the side of the road (not riding with him on the bike) and she is a mess.
I froze! The first time i've come across something like this and I FR
OZE! it wasn't till the fire dept showed up that I could bring myself to help. I the fire fighter that I used to be a medic and he says there are gloves in my jump kit. He knew and I knew that there was NOTHING we could do.
So I told him to get down with me and start talking out loud. Make it at least LOOK like we are trying to help him for his Girlfriends sake. THe ambulance shows up and I get up and walk away.
As I am walking back to my bike, I take in as much of the scene so that I could make sense of the whole thing. I had to call my girlfriend and let her know that I couldn't ride home at the moment and that I'd be home as soon as I could. It took me about 20mins and a smoke to get up the nerve to ride my own bike.
When I was an emt, I saw countless injuries....motorcycle accidents-stabbings-shootings-pedestrians struck but this hit me hard. I don't know if it is because I've been away from it for a few years or if it is because I saw copper's post this morning or what?!!??!?!
I am sorry for the long post but I wanted to vent alittle....I also want to say to everyone here
LEASE RIDE SAFE!!!!!! That phrase has a whole new meaning to me now!
ps-facts as I saw/remember them...young rider 21-24...brand new gsxr (could be a 600 or a 750 or 1000, i could not tell).....NO HELMET....probably lower speed (25-30 max)....I believe he was out front of his house screwing around (wheelies-endows) and he pulled onto the main street and was hit by an suv (older pathfinder)