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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:pLEASE RIDE SAFE!!!!!! That phrase has a whole new meaning to me now!

tony

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)
 

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Tony -

WOW. Not sure where to start with that, except to say what a horrible thing, for that guy, his friends and family, and YOU. You did a wonderful thing, to try and help, even though he was beyond helping.

I expect it'll be a little while before you can really move past that -- I know it would be for me -- so you do whatever you need to, to get right with it in your mind. If you need to vent some more, we're here.

Karen
 

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Thanks for the post. We should all take a lesson from this one. It can happen to any of us at any time. Doesn't matter if you've been riding for a hundred years or you are just starting out. It's just like the post the other day about being rear ended. When you are riding two wheels, no matter how big, dressed, reflectors all over, or what ever, we are responsible for our safety.

Ride safe everyone and enjoy.
 

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let me add my thanks for the post.
That must have been a very difficult ride back for you.
makes you think......

Please let us know how you're doing.
 

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My friend, you have a heart of gold.

Thinking of the rider's girlfriend in that situation, you are a true hero.

That was good thinking. very kind.

Thank you.
 

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PoleCat said:
My friend, you have a heart of gold.

Thinking of the rider's girlfriend in that situation, you are a true hero.

That was good thinking. very kind.

Thank you.
Amen PoleCat. And God bless Tony.

Cricket
 

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thanks for the kind words, everyone....I think that I am going to try to find out as much as I can about the accident so that I can make sense of it....It was ssssoooo strange.... I can't for the life of me, figure out how the whole accident happened....I can't piece together whether it was the stupidity of the young man on the bike or if it was the woman driving the suv that hit him....I couldn't tell who hit who....I was pretty shake'n up buy this thing yesterday but I'm better today.....In a way, I WANT to hear that it was an inexperienced rider who just bought a bike too advanced for his riding skills and was riding irresponsibly....at least if that was the case it would make more sense to me....anyway, thanks for the opportunity of venting last night!

RIDE SAFE everyone!
 

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I figure that because of the lengthy post that I made, I should update anyone that was interested......I was kicking around the idea of having my brother, who is a police Sergeant for my home town, call the lead investigator in this case just to get some details on this HORRIBLE accident.....I was going to maybe do so for my own sake but I decided that it was better left alone.....

I was at the gas station again on Wednesday and spoke to the owner who was there originally and he confirmed everything that I expected and had written in my first post....the young man had just bought the gsxr and was out front of his house "fooling around" in front of his FIANCE and an older lady in an svu (on the cell phone) was speeding up the street and hit him while he was turning on to the same street.

The owner of the gas station says the they have a huge roadside memorial for him but I could not bring myself to checking it out.....especially when he told me that the Girlfriend that I mentioned in my first post was his FIANCE and they were going to be married THIS WEEKEND!

So sad....he got into some other nasty details about the injuries that the young man sustained but I have no intention in posting them....I saw then first hand and trust me-they were extensive.

So yet again, I say thank you for the chance to vent a little and I ask that everyone remember that whatever we do on our bikes will not only impact ourselves but will effect many others around us.......have a good weekend everyone and RIDE SAFE!!!!!!!
 

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Thanks for the update. That is soo sad.
 

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Thanks for the update, and feel free to vent anytime. Have a good weekend.
 

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Taken too soon

It really upsets me to hear these stories. You did everything you could, it's just so sad there wasn't more to be done. I think we all try and block out to an extent, the things that can happen to us while we're out there. I like to think that the gear I wear would help me in a spill, but I still only wear a half helmet. I don't know what to say...but I will keep the stories from this site in mind when I choose my gear for the day. Thanks for venting, it's good for everyone.
 
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