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Hundreds of bikes will ride from Harley Davidson to Shafter
museum in remembrance of 9/11
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - About 400 motorcycles are expected to ride together from Bakersfield to Shafter at 6 p.m. in remembrance of the September 11 2001 terror attacks.
Ben Patten said it is the 7th annual "Support Our Troops Ride" honoring the day and military veterans.
The route begins at the Harley Davidson in Bakersfield to the Minter Field Air Museum in Shafter. They will take tours at the museum and hold a ceremony featuring guest speakers like District Supervisor Mike Maggard.
The ride is $10 per bike or vehicle. The funds do to organizations that help veterans of all eras.
Anyone is invited to participate and all motorcycles and other vehicles.
Hollister Rally Approved for Next 10 Years
Hollister, CA - "The City Council members sent a roaring message to the motorcycle community that officials plan to hold a downtown rally for the next 10 years, even if city politics change" stated rally manager and CEO of World Dynamics Mark Cresswell. The 2013 Hollister motorcycle rally - the city's signature tradition - was the first in five years after shaky finances caused prior cancellations.
Interim City Manager Bill Avera mentioned there would be an early termination clause in any rally contracts, while he also noted that next year's rally will be over three days, as opposed to the two days for the 2013 revival. "Most important, it lets people know we are committed to this and will allow us to bring in major sponsorships," Avera concluded. The officially sanctioned biker rally started in 1997 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Boozefighters' famed "invasion" of Hollister that inspired the Marlon Brando movie, "The Wild One."
Santa Monica Police To Conduct Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Saturday
The Santa Monica Police Department will conduct a motorcycle safety enforcement operation this weekend.
Posted Sep. 11, 2013, 9:13 am Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief
A specialized motorcycle safety enforcement operation will be held in Santa Monica this Saturday.
The Santa Monica Police Department will conduct the operation in an effort to reduce the number of deaths and injuries involving motorcyclists.
SMPD Lt. Richard Lewis said extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists and where accidents commonly occur.
"Officers will be looking for violations commonly made by drivers of passenger vehicles and motorcyclist, which lead to many motorcycle collisions such as, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding, making illegal turns, stop sign violations or any other dangerous violation," Lewis said.
Lewis said motorcycle fatalities saw a phenomenal drop of 37 percent from 2008 to 2010, but rose nearly 18 percent in 2011.
"Operations like this are aimed at curbing any more rises in motorcycle deaths and sending the numbers back downward," he said.
California collision data reveals that primary causes of motorcycle-involved crashes include speeding, unsafe turning and impairment due to alcohol and other drugs.
The SMPD is also reminding all motorists to always be alert and watch out for motorcycles, especially when turning and changing lanes.
Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Norwalk, sheriff’s department to hold motorcycle safety patrols
09/11/13, 4:49 PM PDT
The city of Norwalk and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department will hold a special motorcycle safety patrol on Sept. 19 to try to lower the number of motorcycle-related injuries and deaths in the city.
Extra deputies will patrol areas known for motorcycle traffic and where crashes occur.
The officers will look for driving violations, signs of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, illegal turns and other traffic violations, according to a Norwalk press release.
Motorcycle deaths dropped by 37 percent from 2008-2011 but rose by about 18 percent in 2011, according to the release.
There were 16 motorcycle-involved collisions in 2011, with one fatality and 15 injuries, the release said. In 2012, the number of collisions rose to 21, but injuries dropped to 13 and there were no deaths.
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Stolen motorcycle flees from GSP at 170 mph
By Rob Moore Editor
TOCCOA - The driver of a stolen motorcycle led the Georgia State Patrol on a high-speed chase into South Carolina Tuesday morning.
According to Trooper 1st Class Casey Coffee, Trooper 1st Class Oneal Sadler checked the Suzuki motorcycle running 79 in a 45-mph zone.
When Sadler attempted to stop the vehicle on U.S. Highway 29 in Hart County before 9 a.m., it fled across the bridge at Hartwell Dam and into Anderson County, S.C.
At one point during the chase, Sadler recorded the motorcycle running 170 mph, Coffee said, noting the bike had been stolen out of Anderson, S.C.
Both the fleeing motorcyclist and Sadler wrecked while attempting a right turn, said Sgt. 1st Class Al Whitworth, commander of Post 7 in Toccoa.
The motorcyclist laid the bike down, then jumped up and ran away, Whitworth said. The motorcyclist remained at large at last report Tuesday.
"We don't suspect that he's injured," Whitworth said.
Sadler's patrol car "crashed through a chain-link fence when he made the right turn," Whitworth said.
While the patrol car was damaged and will require repairs, Whitworth said it is drivable.
The motorcyclist faces both misdemeanor and felony warrants in Georgia, and will face charges in South Carolina.
Whitworth said there was no contact between the motorcycle and the patrol car at any time during the chase.
Asked whether the motorcycle was modified, Whitworth said, "I'm not sure, but based on the speed that thing was able to move, I would say it almost had to be."
The wrecks were investigated by South Carolina law enforcement personnel.
Sadler will face a standard post-pursuit review, but remains on duty, Whitworth said.
Because the pursuit crossed into South Carolina, it created radio issues for Sadler, who was communicating with Troop B Communications in Gainesville.
"That is definitely a concern for us because of officer safety," Whitworth said.
One thing that may improve communications in that area is that when the new GSP Post 52 is constructed in Hart County, some communications towers will be relocated to help with communications in Hart and Elbert counties, Whitworth said.
Motorcycle community revs up for September
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 6:00 am
by Alyx Arnett
The Howard County motorcycle community is at it again this month. September is filled with rides, raising money for a number of causes from injured riders to wounded warriors to a mentoring group.
“We have a lot going on,” said Doug Newman, rider and owner of Walt Moss Barbershop.
This past summer was a tough month for some riders. Riders Greg Gross and Joe Baker were both injured in motorcycling accidents.
For Baker, an “I’m In Benefit Ride for Joe Baker” will be held on Sept. 28, beginning at Kokomo Harley Davidson. Registration takes place from 10 to 11 a.m. Cost is $15 per rider or $20 per rider with a passenger.
For Gross, an ABATE, a Go Fund Me account has been set up to help with Gross’ unexpected expenses. The page, “Helping Greg Gross Recovery Fund,” located at gofundme.com/46rzvo, invites people to donate, with a goal of raising $5,000.
Another rider was less fortunate. Jeff Workman passed away after a motorcycle wreck this summer. Riders are stepping up to raise money for Workman’s family. The ride takes place on Sept. 21, starting and ending at Bunker Hill Drag Strip.
One of the organizers, Randy McGuire, said in addition to helping out the Workman family, the ride aims to raise motorcycle awareness.
“We’re working with the City of Kokomo to try to get some motorcycle awareness signs up,” he said.
The ride leaves at noon, rain or shine. Cost is $20 per rider and $10 per passenger. The ride is sponsored by the Hog Runners, United Steel Workers, Haynes International, and Bunker Hill Drag Strip.
Another benefit ride will take place on Sept. 14 for Zach Miller who was hit by a train while in his truck. Funds will go to help with medical expenses. The ride will leave from Hawg Heaven, 425 W. Defenbaugh, at noon. Registration starts at 10 a.m. Cost is $20.
Then on Sept. 21, the Asphalt Templars will present a check at the Veterans’ Reunion to a wounded soldier. Last year the motorcycle group handed out $10,000 to wounded warriors.
“This is going to the people who have served our country,” said John Davin. “It’s a great cause.”
In addition, the 1st Annual John Davin ALS Ride will take place on Sept. 14, leaving from The Elbow Room, 1004 N. Washington St.
Proceeds from the ride will benefit amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, a disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement.
Sign-in is from 12 to 1 p.m. Cost is $10 per bike and $5 extra per passenger. Live music by Right Turn will take place back at The Elbow Room from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Of course, the kids have not been forgotten. The sixth annual Bikers for Bridges ride takes place on Sept. 15, beginning at Walt Moss Barber Shop, 301 N. Main St. Registration takes place at noon, with departure at 1:30 p.m. Cost is a free-will donation.
Games and activities will take place before the ride. The ride has a police escort for a scenic ride, and free T-shirts will be given to the first 50 bikers.
“Bridges Outreach is such a good program. They’re in all the schools. I wish I had something like that when I was in school,” Newman said.
In addition to raising money for Bridges, Newman said the ride serves to raise awareness to what Bridges does. Each year, he said the ride gains Bridges at least one new mentor and several new children.
With all the rides scheduled for the month, Newman once again said he is always amazed at how generous the motorcycle community is.
“There are guys out there who live for this, to help people out,” he said. “It’s a great community to be involved in.”
Weekend Crashes Kill 8 on Minnesota Roads - Among Deadliest Weekends of the Year Three of the Victims Were Motorcyclists, Raising Year Total to 53
ST. PAUL - Preliminary crash reports indicate at least eight people were killed on Minnesota roads from 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6 through 1 a.m. Monday, Sept. 9, making it the among the top three deadliest weekends of the year.
The Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety reports the deadly start to September follows the state's safest August since 1944 - there were 30 deaths last month.
The weekend fatalities raised the state's current death total to 250 up from 238 at this time last year. DPS projects around 415 deaths for the year; there were 395 deaths in 2012.
Sept. 6-9 was among the deadliest weekend periods of the year, joining: April 5-7 (10 deaths); May 31-June 2 (eight); and July 26-28 (seven).
The weekend fatalities include a 20-year-old male motorist hit by a suspected drunk driver in Minneapolis early Monday, Sept. 9. The fatal crashes occurred in the counties of Anoka, Carver, Hennepin, Otter Tail, Renville, St. Louis and Watonwan .
Officials are urging motorists to buckle up, pay attention, drive at safe speeds and drive sober.
Motorcyclist Deaths Continue to Rise
Three of the eight weekend deaths were motorcyclists. To-date in 2013, there have been 53 rider deaths, putting the state on pace for 68 deaths for 2013, up from 55 rider deaths in 2012. The highest number of motorcyclist deaths on record is 1980 when 121 were killed.
DPS officials say there's no clear indicator for the increase in deaths, but common crash factors are playing a role including rider error and motorist failure to yield the right-of-way.
"It's time motorcyclists and drivers step up and take action to reduce these tragedies," says Bill Shaffer of the DPS Motorcycle Safety Center. "Unfortunately preventable mistakes are leading to the spiking death count."
Key Findings in 2013 Motorcycle Fatal Crashes
Age: 64 percent of the motorcyclists killed were over the age of 45; 19 percent were under 30. Young riders (30 and under) represent a mere one percent of the total driving population, older riders (45 and up) are only seven percent of the total driving population - together these riders represent 20 percent of the total traffic deaths to-date.
Contributing Factors: There have been 50 fatal crashes resulting in the 53 rider deaths. More than half of the fatal crashes involved only the motorcycle; failure to negotiate a curve was cited 19 times. The remaining crashes involved another vehicle, of which failure to yield the right-of-way was cited nine times.
Deer: Six of the fatal crashes involved a collision with a deer, matching 2007, the highest number of deer deaths on record. Fatalities resulting from a collision with a deer are an immerging trend within the last decade. During 2002-2012, 43 motorcyclists have been killed in a crash with a deer, four times more than between 1991-2000 (10 deaths). This year is on pace to be the deadliest with deer and we are just bridging the autumn deer season.
Helmet Use: Helmet use is known in 42 of the 53 rider deaths, of those, 31 were not wearing a helmet; only 12 riders were wearing a helmet.
Location: More than 60 percent of the crashes occurred in a rural area; 28 percent of the crashes occurred in the 7-county metro area. The top six deadliest counties include: Hennepin (6); Goodhue and St. Louis (4 each); Crow Wing, Dakota and Olmsted (3 each).
DPS offers these safety tips for motorists and riders to ensure a safe riding environment:
Motorists - Watch for motorcycles, and always look twice before entering a roadway or changing lanes. Due to the smaller size of motorcycles, their speed and distance is more difficult to judge. Give riders room and check blind spots. Pay attention, drive at safe speeds and drive sober.
Riders - Wear protective gear, including a DOT-approved helmet, riding gloves, boots, pants, jacket and eye protection. Pay attention to riding, ride at safe speeds and ride sober. DPS advises riders to take safety training courses to hone skills; more information at www.motorcyclesafety.org.
About the Minnesota Department Public Safety
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) comprises 11 divisions where 2,100 employees operate programs in the areas of law enforcement, crime victim assistance, traffic safety, alcohol and gambling, emergency communications, fire safety, pipeline safety, driver licensing, vehicle registration and emergency management.
DPS activity is anchored by three core principles: education, enforcement and prevention.
About the Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center
The Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center (MMSC) provides high-quality rider education, training and licensing to prevent motorcycle crashes and the resulting fatalities and injuries. It was created in the early 1980s to address record high motorcyclist fatalities.
The MMSC provides on-cycle and classroom rider training courses, develops awareness campaigns and informational materials, and coordinates third-party skills testing for motorcycle license endorsement through the Basic Rider Course and evening testing at select DVS Exam Stations.
Motorcycle safety is a component of Toward Zero Deaths (TZD), the state's primary road safety initiative. A primary vision of the TZD program is to create a safe driving culture in Minnesota in which motorists support a goal of zero road fatalities by practicing and promoting safe and smart driving behavior. TZD focuses on the application of four strategic areas to reduce crashes - education, enforcement, engineering and emergency trauma response.
Recent MMSC Activity and Statistics
Ridership is at record-high levels in Minnesota, with more than 237,000 registered motorcycles and 405,000 licensed operators.
2012 Minnesota Motor Vehicle Crash Facts reports 55 rider deaths, a 33 percent increase from 2011 and 14 percent of the total traffic deaths. The first time rider fatalities have gone up since 2008.
MMSC attended the International Rider Education Training System Conference from Aug. 14 to Aug. 17.Motorcycle rider training courses run April through October and are available for new and experienced riders - register at motorcyclesafety.org: https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ots/mmsc/Pages/default.aspx.MMSC added two new courses to their 2013 curriculum, the SMARTrainer Plus Course and the BRC Refresher Course.
More than 7,400 students took a rider training course in 2012 with the MMSC. In the last five years, more than 30,000 students have been trained.
MMSC provides several pieces of motorcycle safety and training collateral, available to order, at no cost. Order materials: https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ots/mmsc/Pages/default.aspx.
Commissioner Mona Dohman appointed 15 to the Motorcycle Safety Advisory Task Force (MATF) for the 2013-2015 term.
To learn more about what MATF does, visit: https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ots/mmsc/about/Pages/advisory-committee.aspx.
Seventh annual car and motorcycle show to benefit food pantry
Sep. 10, 2013
Classic cars such as this 1955 Ford Crown Victoria will be on display Saturday at the seventh annual FriendsinDeed Car and Motorcycle Show. / Submitted photo Written by News-Leader Staff
NIXA — FriendsinDeed will host its seventh annual Car and Motorcycle Show on Saturday in Nixa.
Classic cars and motorcycles will be on display at First Baptist Church, 601 W. Wasson Drive, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Profits will benefit Least of These, Christian County Food Pantry. FriendsinDeed is a local group of car and motorcycle enthusiasts who decided seven years ago to put their love for cars and their love of their community together and create an event that would help families in need. Last year they designated Least of These as their local charity to receive the net proceeds from this event, which was $1,300 in spite of a rain date cancellation and cold weather on the day of the rescheduled show. The event is free to attend. Spectators are encouraged to bring nonperishable food donations for Least of These. There will be door prizes from over 20 area businesses, including Branson theaters and area restaurants, a 50/50 raffle and entertainment by Standing Room Only. Concessions are by Dickey’s Barbeque. Visitors will enjoy viewing an amazing number of cars, motorcycles, vans, trucks and SUVs, from classics to street rods, stock and pro street and racing — a total of 24 different classes of vehicles. There is still time to register and show your vehicle. Call or email Floyd Hammit at 417-581-3996, or by email at email@example.com. Cost is $15 in advance or you can register your vehicle from 8-10 a.m. the day of the event for $20. Judging starts at 10:30 a.m. Goody bags and dash plaques will be given to the first 100 entries. Awards will be given to the top three placers in each class along with trophies for best of show, best paint, best interior and best engine. Least Of These, Christian County’s food pantry and clothing closet, is giving assistance to an average of 750 struggling families every month. For more information and a list of the food pantry’s current needs, go to http://www.leastofthesefood pantry.com The car and motorcycle show has a rain date of Oct. 5.
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Cuomo, Billy Joel lead 9/11 motorcycle ride to WTC .
NEW YORK — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and singer Billy Joel paid tribute to victims of 9/11 with a commemorative ride to ground zero with members of the FDNY motorcycle club.
According to the Daily News (http://nydn.us/1aq7oJF ), Cuomo rode a black Harley-Davidson. Joel was on a blue-and-white Drifter.
They were joined by motorcycle designer Paul Teutel Jr., Joe Daniels, president of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, and dozens of members of the Fire Department of New York Motorcycle Club.
The riders gathered at a firehouse on West 43rd Street and then headed down the West Side Highway to the World Trade Center site for the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
Ohio Announces Drivers License Database Facial Recognition
Driver’s licenses are being used for much more than just certifying an individual’s ability to drive on public roads. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Monday that the state has for several months been using facial recognition technology in a database that allows law enforcement agents to match a face with a name, address and record at will.
2013 Bikers for Babies Charity Ride
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to support this charity. All proceeds will go to March of Dimes which works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
State troopers mount motorcycles for enforcement on 'The Dragon'
By Don Jacobs Knoxville News Sentinel September 10, 2013 at 7:40 p.m.
State troopers on motorcycles will saturate U.S. Highway 129, especially the section called “The Dragon” in the upcoming weekend because of two events expected to bring a deluge of riders to the area.
Motorcycle riding troopers from Tennessee Highway Patrols districts in Knoxville, Chattanooga, Cookeville and Fall Branch will converge on the federal highway during Sept. 13-15, according to the state Department of Safety and Homeland Security.
A $71,116.79 grant from the Governor’s Highway Safety Office, which covers a period from Oct. 1, 2012, to Sept. 30, 2013, will pay overtime funds to the motorcycle officers
The decision to saturate “The Dragon” with motorcycle officers was prompted by two events this weekend expected to bring heavy motorcycle traffic to the challenging road. In Maggie Valley, N.C., the “Thunder in the Smokies” event will be under way and in Pigeon Forge the “Fall Rod Run” will be held.
The Dragon is an 11-mile section of U.S. Highway 129 that attracts motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world because of its 318 curves. According to the state, one motorcyclist has died so far this year on U.S. Highway 129.
Officials said the state troopers will especially be alert for aggressive and reckless driving, speeding, impaired driving and seat belt use for four-wheel vehicles. Authorities expect to have a sobriety checkpoint established on U.S. Highway 129 on Saturday
Permit Denied to 2 Million Bikers to DC on 9.11.13
12:00 PM - 8 Sep 2013
Washington DC has DENIED our permit for a no-stop ride through Washington DC. We find this regretful for the residents and businesses of that great city, and humbly offer our apologies. What could have been a one or two hour ride through will now likely be an all day event. We will be obeying all laws. We will be stopping at all stoplights, stop signs, and yielding to all pedestrians.
RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES OF WASHINGTON DC: On behalf of the National “2 Million Bikers to DC” Team, please accept our sincere apologies. We did the right thing and went through the proper channels to secure a no-stop permit to ride through your great city. We wanted to ride an established route, which would have taken us past the Viet Nam Memorial to the Lincoln Memorial, across the bridge into Virginia, and that’s it! We would have been completely out of Washington DC, and your city would have been back to normal.
The National Team fully expected our permit to be rejected, and have already drafted a Plan-B.
Participants are moving forward.
‘2 Million Bikers’ turnout blows away ‘handful’ at ‘Million Muslim’ gathering in DC
Portion of I-95 in Stafford to Close for 9/11 Motorcycle Parade
September 10, 2013 1:05 pm
The Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally rolls through Dumfries on Memorial Day weekend 2011. (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)
By Potomac Local News
NORTH STAFFORD, Va. – Police will close a portion of Interstate 95 tomorrow morning in North Stafford, to allow a group of motorcycles access to the highway from Va. 610.
More in a press release:
At 9 a.m. on [Wednesday], September 11 all lanes on I-95 north at Exit 143 (Rt. 610/Garrisonville) in Stafford County will be closed to traffic for approximately 15 minutes to allow more than 500 motorcyclists to enter the interstate from Route 610 in Stafford County.
The motorcyclist will be traveling north on I-95 to the HOV lanes enroute to the Washington D.C. area.
To avoid delays motorists should use Route 1 north as an alternate route.
For real time travel information anywhere in Virginia call 511 or visit website www.511virginia.org.
"Two Million Bikers" Rally Roars Into D.C. Area for 9/11
By Adam Tuss and NBC Washington | Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013 | Updated 7:09 PM EDT
Thousands of motorcycle riders roared into D.C. Wednesday to mark the 12th anniversary of 9/11.
Although they didn't reach a goal of two million riders, thousands of bikers rolled through the Washington, D.C. Wednesday to mark the 12th anniversary of 9/11.
The bikers -- riding with the group "Two Million Bikers to D.C." -- snarled traffic on the Beltway with a ride honoring the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the members of the military called to serve after the attacks.
Many riders participating are veterans, and said they rode to protect Americans' freedom in the midst of tumultuous times.
"The enemy has a say when the war is over," "I believe they're saying it's not, so we're here."
On their Facebook page, in all caps, the group said they will stand by the Constitution and Bill of Rights, adding that they're "against any fundamental transformation of America."
Officers Who Died on 9/11 Honored in D.C.
The ride began at Harley Davidson of Washington in Fort Washington, Md., at 11 a.m. Many drivers pulled over along the side of the highway to wave and take pictures.
"I could stay here for half an hour; I don't care; this is America," said Santana Sensenna while stuck in the traffic.
The bikes rolled in a steady stream for 50 straight minutes before heading to the Beltway. The ride wasn't smooth for everyone. At one point, a motorcycle went down on the Outer Loop in the Bethesda area, causing traffic to back up for miles.
9/11 Anniversary Marked With Tributes
At the National Mall, another motorcyclist ran his bike into the back of a pedicab.
"I think the heat got to me and I kind of blacked out a little bit," said the rider, Bill Eisenheart. "You know, I didn't see him."
But the overarching theme of this day was remembering what happened Sept. 11, 2001.
"9/11 happened then, but it's still happening," said rider Ken Mortello.
Mortello, a Desert Storm veteran and full-time firefighter, came down from New Jersey to be a part of the ride. He remembers vividly what the day was like for one of his friends in New York City who rushed into the World Trade Center to help.
"He had a woman with third-degree burns. As he came through a tunnel, one tower collapsed. The tunnel that he was in collapsed -- missed him by about two feet. Buried everybody else that was with him," Mortello said.
He says some friends have still not gotten over that day, and that's why he was riding Wednesday.
PHOTOS: New York Remembers 9/11
The group apologized on their Facebook page in advance of the event for the gridlock they expected to cause.
Organizers tried to get a last-minute permit to close some intersections near monuments and on Capitol Hill in D.C., but the National Park Service denied that request.
According to US News and World Report, park service spokesperson Carol Johnson said allowing the road closures "would cause a severe service disruption of traffic."
However, permits are not required to hold a rally in the city. It will be up to individual riders whether they choose to enter the city, WTOP reported.
"What could have been a one or two hour ride through will now likely be an all day event," the organizers said in the Sept. 6 post.
Another group of participants made their way up Interstate 95 in Stafford at around 9 a.m. and reached D.C. after 11 a.m. I-95 North at exit 143 in Stafford County was closed for about 15 minutes as motorcyclists began their trip.
Thank you SoLR (Sons of Liberty Riders) for posting this video link!
Excellent Video of: 2 Million Bikers to DC - September 11, 2013 - Rolling through Stafford, VA
FIRST ARRIVALS OF BIKERS IN AND AROUND DC ARE BEING TARGETED BY FEDERAL AGENTS
Posted by National Director, Dee on September 11, 2013 at 6:52am in Tea Party View Discussions .This posted by several people on FB:
WARNING ALERT *** WARNING ALERT *** WARNING ALERT
FIRST ARRIVALS OF BIKERS IN AND AROUND DC ARE BEING TARGETED BY FEDERAL AGENTS IN FULL TACTICAL GEAR PERFORMING CONTACT SWEEPS IN CAMPGROUNDS FOR WEAPONS.
THOSE WHO HAVE LOVED ONES RIDING TO DC NEED TO WARN THEM THAT ARRESTS AND CONFISCATIONS ARE IN FULL OPERATION BY FEDERAL FORCES.
THOSE EXERCISING 2ND AMENDMENT NEED TO USE EXTREME CAUTION AND PLACE THEIR GUNS IN PLACES AWAY FROM WHERE YOU WILL BE GATHERING BUT NEARBY ENOUGH TO GET TO THEM IF IT BECOMES NECESSARY TO DEFEND YOUR LIFE OR OTHERS.
THESE REPORTS HAVE BEEN VERIFIED SO YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
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Benn Pam Cynthia Lee Myers two arrests on camp sites 122 and 113 on weapons charges
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Bikers Ride Through Washington D.C.
Michael Knepper's “Heroes” depicts a group of riders going to ground zero. The number 343 signifying the number of firefighters who died that day while trying to get thousands out of the burning buildings in NYC.
Their parade permit to stage a ride through Washington D.C. was denied. But they came anyway... More than 880,000 bikers rolled into Washington D.C. today from across the country, to honor the victims of 9/11. They rolled through D.C. tweeting hash tags #2MBikers #alwaysremember.
With flags flying, the bikers head down 3rd Street through the National Mall, Washington D.C. 9/11/2013
The group called the 2 Million Bikers to DC led a parade of motorcycles through the nation's capitol to remember the people who died in the 9/11 terror attacks and the soldiers who subsequently fought al-Qaida in Afghanistan. It was announced in August, after a September 11 demonstration originally billed as the "Million Muslim March" -- but renamed the "Million American March Against Fear" in February -- received widespread media coverage.
The second, more controversial purpose of the ride was to protest a permit issued to the other group, The American Muslim Political Action Committee, organizers of the Million Muslim March.
The protest rally on the National Mall was billed as "a historical event for solidarity of humanity to establish peace, harmony and justice through a civil rights movement" set to protest public backlash against Muslims since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
A few dozen protesters turned up for the Million Muslim March at the National Mall and they were vastly outnumbers by a Christian group objecting to their event and the counter-protest of roughly 880,000 motorcycle riders honoring September 11 victims and veterans.
The bikers vowed to have a "peaceful ride" and they were true to their word. The national ride's coordinator, Belinda Bee says the ride will be organized every year. "We are not going away, and there is no law against riding on the public streets that we paid for with our tax dollars."
The 2 Million Bikers were turned down for a permit to demonstrate around the National Mall by the National Park Service. Such a large gathering of motorcycles on a weekday would cause "a severe disruption of traffic" and require more police than D.C. could provide.
However, according to D.C. law, "it shall not be an offense to assemble or parade on a District street, sidewalk, or other public way, or in a District park, without having provided notice or obtained an approved assembly plan." So the event went forward -- legally -- without a permit.
The bikers vow to be back next year and every year on September 11. With a permit and police escort the parade ride might have been finished in three hours. But the determined bikers, stopping for traffic lights and obeying all road signs moved through D.C. at high noon, down 3rd Street at the National Mall, tangling D.C. traffic for about 6 hours.
More than half a million bike riders have been riding through Washington D.C. over the Memorial Day weekend for the past 26 years, since just after the Vietnam War to honor combat veterans and to protest the U.S. Government's inaction in bringing home all soldiers missing in action in foreign countries.
An estimated 500,000 to 900,000 bike riders join the annual Rolling Thunder Memorial Day Weekend Ride Through Washington D.C. that begins in California and Texas, and picks up riders through the Southern States and the Midwest before joining riders in the Northeast to ride into Washington D.C
Wandell reflects on Harley recovery
By Molly Dill
It wasn't easy, but Keith Wandell has turned the tide at Harley-Davidson. As he evaluated the global, yearlong 110th anniversary celebration that concluded in Milwaukee last week, Wandell reflected Monday on the dire position the company was in at its 105th anniversary.
Harley CEO Keith Wandell addresses the Greater Milwaukee Committee. The chairman, president and chief executive officer of Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson Inc. spoke to the Greater Milwaukee Committee at a luncheon Monday.
When he took over as CEO in 2009, Wandell set out to change the way Harley did business, because it simply was not working. The company's sales were down 40 percent from a 2005 high. He wanted to not only stop the bleeding, but lay the foundation for growth.
He was plucked from the number two role at Johnson Controls Inc. in Glendale to bring a fresh perspective to Harley, and he made some tough decisions.
It was time to roll up their sleeves and talk about what to do differently at Harley, Wandell said.
He developed a strategic plan based on four pillars: growth, continuous improvement, leadership development and sustainability.
The company should remain focused on its core brand, which had tremendous upside because its riders are so passionate about the bikes worldwide, he said.
"At the end of the day, what we were doing was we were diluting the Harley-Davidson brand," he said.
For that reason, Wandell divested MV Augusta and discontinued the Buell brand. Plants were closed, jobs were lost, but the company was able to revamp its marketing efforts.
Harley also worked on reaching market segments that were not traditional customers, namely young adults, females and minorities.
"We've made tremendous improvement in the outreach to bringing other riders in the family," Wandell said.
Mission accomplished: Today, Harley is No. 1 for riders aged 18 to 34 in North America. In fact, new riders are buying motorcycles faster than the core existing customers.
Wandell also tightened up the new product development process, reducing time to market and incorporating customer feedback.
In 2009, it took about six years for a motorcycle to go from the idea to the dealer lot.
"If we all decided today that we want to design and develop a new bike, it's going to be 2019 before we bring it to market? I mean, somebody's got to cut me a break," Wandell said.
Another goal reached: Harley has cut its development time in half. Just ahead of the 110th party in Milwaukee, it rolled out the most extensive new product launch in the company's history — Project Rushmore. It took just three years to develop.
"Our employees now know what winning looks like, and it's awesome," he said. "I've never seen our dealers more excited about new products than they are today."
Harley has also adjusted its manufacturing process, utilizing hundreds of seasonal workers to supply dealers with requested bikes as soon as possible.
The company now has 1,600 dealerships around the world. Wandell worked to unite them to assure Harley customers were getting great customer service no matter where they were.
He has personally met about 95 percent of the global dealer base. The motto all employees now strive to meet? One company, one team, one direction.
While a lot of ground has been made up, sales are still down 25 percent from their peak, so there's still work to do, Wandell said.
Under Wandell's leadership, Milwaukee's most iconic company is roaring again.
A photo from the ALL WOMEN'S Ride at Harley's 110th Anniversary Celebration!
http://mineralwellsindex.com/topstory/x31543851/Vehicle-motorcycle-accidents-possibly-linked-to-brain-miscalculating-time-of-impact-of-smaller-objects Vehicle, motorcycle accidents possibly linked to brain miscalculating time of impact of smaller objects
The Mineral Wells Index Tue Sep 10, 2013, 11:22 AM CDT
Incidences of cars pulling out in front of motorcyclists run regularly in headlines – locally, statewide and throughout the nation.
There could be a scientific reason.
Recent research by a Texas Tech University psychologist suggests that the regularity of this problem isn’t necessarily a case of poor driving or carelessness, but may be related to a basic human judgment error.
Pat DeLucia, the coordinator of the Human Factors Psychology Program, said her results show that small, near objects can appear farther away than larger, farther objects. The study is published in the peer-reviewed scientific psychology journal “Current Directions in Psychological Science.”
An interest in softball as an undergraduate prompted DeLucia, also professor at Texas Tech’s Department of Psychology, to study how the human brain perceives objects, their size and motion and an object’s time to impact.
Her finding – that an object’s size affects distance perception – may be the basis explaining why car drivers miscalculate motorcyclists’ distance and speed.
DeLucia explains that the brain uses two visual information cues for judging time to impact. In the first, a moving object is reflected on the eye’s retina. It expands as it approaches the eye, providing the brain accurate information about when the object will hit. This is called an “optical invariant.”
However, the brain also uses “rules of thumb” as well, such as various “artist” depth cues as a shortcut, she said.
Many times, the brain interprets objects with a larger retinal image as closer. Since motorcycles are smaller than cars, DeLucia said the brain may use this shortcut to judge a smaller motorcycle farther away than it actually is.
“With computer simulations, we had a big, far object and small, near object approaching the viewer, where the small object would hit first,” she said. “We wondered if people would choose the big one, based on the artist depth cue of relative size, or choose the smaller one, based on the more accurate optical invariant. Unexpectedly, people picked the bigger object again and again. We found people relied on rules of thumb.”
This effect of size on collision perception violates theories of perception that believe people evolved to rely on the most accurate information, such as optical invariants. Instead, DeLucia’s findings suggest that perception is based on multiple information sources.
This size-arrival effect can lead drivers to misjudge when a vehicle would arrive at an intersection and could be considered a contributing factor in motorcycle/vehicle accidents.
DeLucia hopes to find funding from the Texas Department of
Transportation to create an educational program to inform drivers of her
findings and reduce the incidents of these types of accidents.
Zien: Road signs serve as important reminders
Dave Zien | Eau Claire Chippewa Herald
September 10, 2013 3:00 pm • Dave Zien | Eau Claire(0) CommentsU.S. Harley Davidson Heritage of Honor Highway 45 could be the 45th designated highway/ bridge in Wisconsin. From the Bristol, Ill. border to Land O‘Lakes near Michigan, there are Harley stories to tell and messages to share, as there are for all of the Wisconsin-named highways and bridges.
Currently, 32 highways and 12 bridges are recognized through state statute. Only 13 of the 44 have a total 33 signs. Several have multiple signs, including Korean Hwy. 51 and Hwy. 32 – 32nd Division with five each.
Many of these 44 highways/bridges of honor cherish veterans, military and other proud patriots. Through groups, businesses, families and individuals, each community can reflect its own prominence by recognizing historic, cultural, ethnic and religious preservation.
Revealing exceptional facts and feats, legends, tall stories and mysteries can honor local pride on the interpretative signs. Educating our youth, visitors and ourselves is paramount.
Groups, patriots, veterans posts/auxiliary, etc., can initiate interpretative signs for approximately $900 per sign. This includes two sign posts, construction, paint and installation fees. The Wisconsin DOT helps with the verbiage and process.
The state of Wisconsin and the federal government prefer sign locations off the roadway. This can be negotiated according to state statute. Taxpayer dollars cannot usually pay for these highway signs.
People traveling Wisconsin roadways must be reminded of the sacrifice and freedom Americans have made. We can spearhead progress toward installing road signs for all the highways and bridges. This should be done under the direction of our state Legislature, clubs, veterans and patriotic groups.
To those of us present, those passed on and all we represent, let us again lead the charge to properly recognize our heroes, military, firefighters, law enforcement and freedom-loving Americans by getting these road signs installed.
Dave Zien is a former state senator.
Harley Davidson Rock Riders in Delhi on 12th Sept 2013
Yatharth Singh Chauhan | September 10, 2013
Harley Rock Riders are in the last leg of their tour after performing in Pune, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Cochin. Paying tribute to 110 years of freedom and joining the yearlong global celebrations of Harley- Davidson’s 110th anniversary, the theme for Harley Rock Riders Season IV is ‘FREEDOM’.
This week on 12 September 2013, they will be performing at Hard Rock Cafe in Delhi.
Indigenous Indian rock bands including headliners like The Lightyears Explode, Digital Suicide, The Incredible Mindfunk, The Circus will electrify their fans while each venue will feature all the unique elements of a motorcycle and music festival that only Harley can bring. Season IV will also invite Indian Rock musicians of all experience levels a chance to express their freedom and participate in “Find your Freedom” contest where the winner steals the glory by getting an opportunity to perform at World’s biggest bike festival – European Bike Week, 2014. The excitement doesn’t end here, the winning band will win the title of ”Harley-Davidson India Band of the Year” and also perform at the 16th European Bike Week 2014- Austria.
The Tour will be concluded with the Grand Finale which will be held in Mumbai after a month on 12th October 2013.
Wild Elephant makes Harleys roar in Sri Lanka
September 10, 2013, 6:31 pm
One of the most stirring sounds for any motor enthusiast is the iconically deep and passionate bellow of a classic Harley Davidson engine. A roar that was heard across Sri Lanka when the Harley Owners’ Group (HOG), Dubai chapter, recently concluded its local tour, powered by Wild Elephant.
In getting people closer to these machines and the adrenaline filled culture that surrounded them, Wild Elephant, the popular, high-power beverage from Elephant House, was proud to have provided a helping hand in bringing down this fabled group of riders, and their even more fabled set of powerful Harley Davidson Motorcycles, giving every Sri Lankan citizen the opportunity to experience the adrenaline inducing Harley Davidson machines being ridden from one coast of this island to the other, all for a worthy cause.
16 members of the Harley Owners’ Group of Dubai, comprising that country’s corporate elite, journeyed through colorful, eclectic and wild Sri Lanka in aid of a noble CSR project, aiding the cause of youth learning locally and creating child-friendly pre-schools island-wide. A highlight of the tour was a stop-off at one such pre-school located in Hambantota, where the riders spent a memorable day interacting with the kids and gifting them with souvenirs which the toddlers will no doubt treasure once they are of an age where they are able to better understand the magnitude of what they experienced.
The riders began their seven-day island wide tour starting on August 23, from Colombo, making their way through Polgahawela, Kurunegala and Dambulla to reach Habarana by nightfall. Proceeding onwards, they rode through Polonnaruwa all the way to Pasikudah for their overnight stay. The next day saw them making their way back west into the historic city of Kandy through Mahiyanganaya, Digana and other exceptionally lovely townships. August 26 saw the riders heading into the hill station of Nuwara Eliya and then East, to the wildlife reserve of Yala. They then headed towards their final destination of Colombo, riding through Hambantota, Galle and Bentota, and all the while allowing thousands of curious dwellers along the way to enjoy a glimpse into the intriguing world of the Harley Davidson.
"Harley Davidsons are objects of power, prestige and desire that have long captured the hearts and minds of people, both young and old, the world over", said Chandima Perera, Head of Beverages at Ceylon Cold Stores (Elephant House), and Vice President of John Keells Holdings PLC. "And so, in bringing this much fantasised about dream to the shores of Sri Lanka for a worthy cause was then to say the least, something Wild Elephant is more than proud of having helped turn into a reality. Though ended, we do hope that this remarkable tour that the Harley Davidson Owners Group of Dubai had conducted would inspire us Sri Lankans onwards towards such exciting and wonderful dreams."
Crash Helmet: FRSC Impounds 300 Motorcycles
By: Adebayo Waheed on September 11, 2013 - 5:11am
The Federal Road Safety Comission (FRSC) yesterday arrested 300 commercial motorcycle operators popularly called “Okada” in Ibadan, for non-compliance with safety rules and regulations. The motorcyclists were arrested by officials of the Moniya Unit Command of the FRSC.
The special operation which was carried out early Tuesday morning was against non-usage of safety helmets by motorcyclists and other road infractions.
The exercise led by the Unit Head of Operations, Commander Olawole Abejide (CRC) lasted for three hours.
Abejide said the exercise was part of the command’s strategies in line with FRSC 2013 strategic goals of reducing road traffic crashes by 20 per cent and fatality by 30 per cent.
Those arrested included private and commercial motorcycle riders without helmets and some who possessed them but preferred to hang it on the motorcycle.
The accosted offenders were penalised in accordance with the law and their motorcycles impounded.
Abejide said the operation would be a continuous exercise as far as “Okada” riders refused to adhere to the use of safety crash helmets to prevent severe head injury.
As a result of the exercise, most of the operators abandoned the routes while many commuters were stranded.
FRSC Reads Riot Act To Motorcyclists On Use Of Helmet
Submitted by LEADERSHIP EDITORS on May 4, 2012 - 4:43am
Ekiti State Sector of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) yesterday said that it would henceforth arrest any motorcycle rider found not wearing a crash helmet in the state.
The state Sector Commander, Mr. Kumvent Rindom who issued the warning, told newsmen in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, that with the flag off of “Operation Use Helmet” in the state by the corps, all motorbike riders were expected to comply.
Rimdom noted that the move became necessary so as to reduce to the barest minimum if not eradicate accidents involving motorcyclists in the state and environ as being recorded on a daily basis.
He stressed that erring motorcyclists, either private or commercial would not only be arrested but their motorbikes be impounded by officers of the command and fines would be paid before such bikes are released to them.
The FRSC boss, who lamented the alarming rate of death among the Okada riders especially at the slightest accident, posited that “some of these accidents, leading to the death of these motorcyclists could have been averted, but for non use of crash Helmets”.
FRSC Corps Marshall, Mr. Osita Chidoka had earlier introduced compulsory use of crash helmets for motorcyclists in 2009, which was greeted with a high level of compliance only for the order to be jettisoned later.
http://www.abc.net.au/local/photos/2013/09/11/3846656.htm?site=&xml=3846656-mediarss.xml A priceless collection of rare and exotic motorbikes is expected to turn thousands of heads over the next few days. Click link to view motorcycle slideshow!!
British Columbia: http://www.whistlerquestion.com/article/20130911/WHISTLER04/309119984/-1/WHISTLER/music-and-motorcycles-for-a-great-cause
Music and motorcycles for a great cause
The 12th annual Music Therapy Ride from Vancouver to Whistler supports musical therapy initiatives all over Canada
by Ron Sombilon
The Music Therapy Ride was an initiative started by industry veterans who knew the therapeutic power of music, and were frustrated over a lack of support from the government and medical industry. September 11, 2013
Music industry veteran and radio programmer Patrick Zulinov has witnessed firsthand the therapeutic impact music can have on someone.
But it wasn’t through his years with Sony Canada or Shore 104 FM that drove this point home for him. It was with his own mother, who struggles with basic speech after suffering a stroke, but lights up when one of her favourite songs comes on.
“Any song you tell her to sing, she can sing it perfectly, but for her to tell you she wants a glass of water is a struggle,” he said. “Music is a way for a lot of people to communicate.”
Zulinov is the co-founder and organizer of Music Therapy Ride, a yearly event bringing motorcyclists and drivers from Vancouver to Whistler to raise funds for musical therapy initiatives. Going into its 12th edition, the event has raised awareness of the power of music as a healing tool, and has earned the support of a number of accomplished musicians and media figures over the years, like The Barenaked Ladies, Chantal Kreviazuk, George Stroumboulopoulos, 54-40 and Juno winner Dan Mangan, who will be along for the ride on the Sea to Sky Highway this Saturday (Sept. 14).
“Language and social context often fall short in the complicated nature of existing,” Mangan said in a release. “Thankfully, the wonderful gift of music helps us not only make peace with the chaos, but to explore our emotional frameworks and facilitate healthy discovery. I'm proud to support this year's Music Therapy Ride.”
Started by a group of industry and media veterans with a shared love of motorcycles and music, Zulinov said the ride was borne out of what they saw as a serious lack of support for music therapy programs.
“We knew the music therapy programs in our area were not getting any assistance,” he said. “Music therapy really helps (patients) to do something creative, to have an outlet for their expression and their emotions. Sometimes when someone’s trapped in a hospital bed for months at a time they need something to keep themselves going, and music’s this wonderful, magical thing that we have in common no matter what race, religion or country you come from. It’s rare that someone is not hit by music in a positive way.”
So far over $560,000 has been raised for Music Heals and the Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund, which hands out money to a variety of deserving groups, including the BC Cancer Agency, the Vancouver Oral Centre for Deaf Children and BC Women’s Hospital.
Proceeds from this year’s ride will go towards maintenance and ongoing use of two mobile recording studios designed specifically for music therapists, called Bandwagons. The ride has funded the creation of two Bandwagons so far, one permanently stationed at the BC Children’s Hospital, with the other traveling to hospices, recovery centres and other healthcare institutions across B.C. for six weeks at a time. The units were designed by Vancouver’s Nimbus School of Recording Arts and contain state-of-the-art recording software, sound processing equipment and a variety of musical instruments. The Bandwagons can provide a source of joy for patients facing some of the most challenging times in their lives, said Zulinov.
“Imagine a kid in a hospital bed who’s been in a burn ward for five months being able to create their own music, hear their own music and work with a music therapist to express themselves,” he said. “Music therapy is a really important thing for people beyond the drugs and the formal medicines brought to people who are in a pretty horrific state.”
Still, Zulinov is frustrated by the government and medical industry’s reluctance to explore music as a viable form of therapy, despite the many positive impacts he’s seen firsthand.
“It confuses us that there’s really no government or medical company funding for music therapy, and I’m sure much of that has to do with there not being a lot of money to be made by pharmaceutical companies,” he said.. “Music is a pretty simple thing that’s been enjoyed through the ages. Since the dawn of time people have been beating drums and making music to heal each other and celebrate each other, and we’ve seen how well it’s worked in our own communities.”
The 12th annual Music Therapy Ride is Saturday, with all vehicles starting from the River Rock Casino in Vancouver at 9:30 a.m. Registration for the ride costs $199.
Riders will be escorted by police to the GLC in Whistler, where there will be a barbecue lunch and live auction featuring a number of unique music industry collectibles.
Visit www.musictherapyride.org to register, or for more information
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CA: http://temecula.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/fatal-motorcycle-crash-reported-in-temecula Coroner IDs 19-Year-old Killed in Temecula Motorcycle Crash
Rolando Paiz, 19, of Temecula, was pronounced deceased shortly after the crash Tuesday morning on Margarita Road, about 200 feet south of Jedediah Smith Road, according to the Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner's Office.
A 19-year-old Temecula man who died Tuesday morning when his motorcycle struck a utility pole on Margarita Road has been identified.
Rolando Paiz was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash that was reported shortly before 9 a.m. on Margarita Road between Jedediah Smith and Pio Pico roads, the Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner's Office has confirmed.
"It appeared as though the male had drifted off the roadway and struck a telephone pole on the west side of Margarita Road," said Temecula police Sgt. Dean Spivacke.
Paiz was declared deceased at the scene at 9:23 a.m., according to the coroner's office.
The Temecula Police Department closed Margarita from Santiago Road to Pio Pico for about four and a half hours to investigate and reconstruct the accident scene, as is customary in fatal traffic accidents.
Jedediah Smith was also closed for about a block west of Margarita, to keep traffic a safe distance from the scene, according to Spivacke.
Preliminary investigation indicated there were no other vehicles involved in the crash, the sergeant said.
It appeared the rider of the street bike was helmeted as he was traveling south on Margarita , the sergeant noted.
While the accident remained under investigation, Spivacke said there were no immediate indicators that alcohol or drugs played a factor.
Anyone with information was encouraged to call Officer Hoctor at the Temecula Police Department at 951-696-3000.
Motorcycle Passenger Dies From Crash Injuries
by STAFF | Sep 11, 2013 7:56 am
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A 54-year-old woman hospitalized since a motorcycle accident Sept. 7 has died, Shelton police said Wednesday.
Romana Seeley, of Orange, was riding on the back of a motorcycle being driven by her husband, Samuel, when the bike collided with a Dodge minivan being driven by 22-year-old Megan Kalanick of Shelton.
The circumstances surrounding the crash remain under investigation. Samuel Seeley was badly injured. Kalanick was not injured.
The motorcycle was heading south on River Road at the time of the crash. The Dodge was heading from Murphy’s Lane onto River Road. The crash happened about 9 p.m.
“The accident is still under investigation by the Shelton Police Traffic Division Reconstruction Team and no enforcement action has been taken at this time,” Shelton police Lt. Robert Kozlowsky said in a prepared statement.
Authorities investigate 2 accidents
The Moultrie Observer Mon Sep 09, 2013, 10:18 PM EDT
MOULTRIE — A motorcyclist was injured Saturday when another vehicle pulled into his path, the Georgia State Patrol said Monday. Also on Saturday, a man told a deputy he was hit by a car that left the scene, but the deputy couldn’t find evidence of such an accident.
Omar Gonzalez Buena, 21, of Moultrie, was driving a 2006 Honda CVR600 motorcycle east on Sardis Church Road about 9:48 p.m., the GSP said, when a 2000 Mazda wagon pulled from Gate 4 of the Sunbelt Agricultural Expo into his path.
The motorcycle fell onto its left side then struck the left rear of the Mazda, the GSP said. After impact, Buena was thrown from the bike, rolled, and landed on the edge of the roadway.
The motorcycle came to rest facing north in the east-bound lane of Sardis Church Road, while the Mazda came to a controlled stop on the north shoulder of the road.
The driver of the Mazda, Brandon Keith, 28, of Norman Park, was charged with failure to yield at an intersection.
The GSP said Buena was taken to Colquitt Regional Medical Center, but a hospital spokeswoman said it had no record of him.
Less than an hour later — at 10:29 p.m. Saturday — a Colquitt County sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to the 600 block of Woodmen Road, where the caller said a person was walking down the middle of the road and appeared to be intoxicated.
When he arrived in the area, the deputy was flagged down by a motorist, who said a man was lying in the grass and appeared to be unconscious. The deputy checked the man, who moved his head.
The deputy said the man — who identified himself as Audie Clinton McMurphy Jr., 36, of Brandi Drive — appeared to be intoxicated, although he said he’d had only one beer.
McMurphy said he’d been hit by a red Hyundai that left the scene. The deputy asked him where the accident had happened, and he said about five feet from where he lay. The deputy reported he saw no evidence of such an accident where McMurphy indicated.
The deputy’s report said McMurphy was taken to Colquitt Regional Medical Center by ambulance, but again the hospital said it had no record of him.
Motorcycle Traveling At 120MPH Crashes On I-97
EOA Staff | September 10, 2013
On Monday, September 9, 2013 at approximately 10:39 a.m., a 2007 Honda RR1000 motorcycle was traveling south on I-97, north of Crownsville Road at a high rate of speed when it passed a marked Anne Arundel County patrol car.
The officer in the patrol car turned on his emergency lights to stop the motorcycle, which slowed and began to pull to the shoulder. Before coming to a stop, the motorcycle accelerated in an effort to flee. At that time, the officer in the patrol car turned off his emergency lights and made no attempt to follow the vehicle.
Though he was not being followed, the operator of the motorcycle continued to flee at a high rate of speed. In the process, he passed another marked Anne Arundel patrol car that was traveling south on I-97, south of Crownsville Road. Shortly after passing the second patrol car, the motorcycle, estimated to be traveling around 120 miles per hour, was unable to negotiate the curve, drove off the right side of the roadway and struck an embankment, several small trees and finally the guardrail. The motorcycle came to rest in the grass approximately 15 feet from the road edge with the driver approximately 30 feet away against the guardrail. The motorcycle traveled more than 700 feet from point where it left the roadway to where it came to rest.
The operator was transported to Shock Trauma with serious injuries. Preliminary investigation indicates excessive speed and driver error on the part of the motorcycle operator as contributing factors in the crash.
OH: http://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2013/09/10/naked-ohio-man-crashes-his-harley-davidson-during-drunken-joy-ride Ohio Man Crashes his Harley Davidson During Naked, Drunken Joy Ride
Posted by Alaina McConnell
Tue, Sep 10, 2013 at 2:24 PM
A Toledo man has been hospitalized after taking a drunken, naked jaunt around city back roads on his Harley Davidson yesterday evening.
The 56-year-old man who has since been identified as Michael Brumbaugh is currently receiving treatment for head injuries at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo.
Here's how the evening played out, according to The Sandusky Register:
Sandusky County Police receive a call that a nekkid man is perched atop a Harley Davidson motorcycle. Said drunken man is parked in a church lot at County Road 113 and County Road 177- God bless him.
Brumbaugh revs his engine and peels out of the church parking lot, after (most likely) giving a fat middle finger to Institution! To War! To no Clean Clothes!
~7:10 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Police continue to get updates on the motorcyclist's whereabouts, probably from appalled and/or intrigued passerby. Police catch up with Brumbaugh near County Road 294 and the Ohio Turnpike. They do their thing with the lights and sirens, but Mr. Nekkid Joyride pays them little mind. Police inform dispatch of where the motorcycle is heading.
The motorist's jaunt comes to an abrupt end after he blows through a stop sign near Ohio 101 and veers out of control. The bike overturns and sends Brumbaugh flying (can we just say OUCH). He is flown by medical helicopter to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo where he is currently recovering from his injuries.
Let's just hope he doesn't remember any of this, huh?
Accident on SR 93
BY: Nichole Hannahs Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 11:11 AM
One person was sent to the hospital Wednesday morning after an accident on State Route 93.
It happened just before 9:30 a.m. in front of the home at 5950 Adamsville Road. State Highway Patrol Sergeant Chuck Merryman said a motorcycle was traveling north on the roadway, when it struck a vehicle.
"A vehicle was pulling from their driveway and pulled out in front of the motorcycle," said Sgt. Merryman. "At this point in our investigation that's what we feel happened. The motorcyclist struck the side of the car."
Sgt. Merryman said it appears the motorcyclists injuries were non life threatening. The rider was taken to Genesis Good Samaritan for treatment. Sgt. Merryman said as of late the patrol has seen a number of accidents involving motorcycles. He urges all motorists to be aware while traveling.
"If you're a motorcyclist drive defensively. Make sure you're aware and always wear a helmet, if possible," said Merryman. "If you're in a car or truck just be more aware that there are more motorcycles on the road during the summer months."
At this time Sgt. Merryman said the driver of the vehicle faces a possible violation of failure to yield from a private driveway, pending the investigation.
2 dead after separate accidents in Amity and Bethel townships
Matthew Nojiri Reading Eagle
Reading Eagle: Jeremy Drey Crews work at the scene of the fatal motorcycle accident Monday on Route 183 just south of the Schuylkill County line in Bethel Township.
Two people died in separate crashes in Amity and Bethel townships within a 30-minute span Monday, officials said.
The first crash occurred in Amity Township about 4:50 p.m., when a van heading east on Route 422 drove through the parking lot of La Casa Musso restaurant and slammed into a tree.
The van burst into flames. Several people tried to extinguish the fire without success, said Amity Police Cpl. Susan Brown.
It was unclear why the driver swerved off Route 422 into the parking lot near Monocacy Creek Road.
Berks County Deputy Coroner Ronald Peters pronounced the woman dead at the scene.
The coroner's office will have to check dental records to confirm the woman's identity because of burn damage from the crash.
The cause of death was still under investigation.
Investigators also were not able to tell if the driver was wearing a seat belt due to the fire damage, Brown said.
In the second crash, Terry L. Boyer, 62, of Womelsdorf died after his motorcycle crashed on Route 183.
The accident was about a mile north of Four Point Road near the Schuylkill County line.
The accident occurred about 5:15 p.m., and the driver died at the scene, said Officer Ryan Murphy of Bethel Township police.
Murphy said the rider was northbound when he veered his motorcycle off the side of the road.
He hit a small embankment and a rock, causing him to fall off his motorcycle.
The driver was wearing a helmet, Murphy said.
"We're still looking into why he went off the road," Murphy said. "Witnesses said he slowly veered off the road, and he wasn't driving erratically."
Berks County Deputy Coroner Joel Bonilla pronounced Boyer dead as a result of his injuries at the scene at 6:45 p.m.
Both crashes are under investigation.
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