David Ian DeCarle

March 19, 2015

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David Ian DeCarle, a member of the Road Reapers Motorcycle Club, died Monday afternoon after he hit a very large pothole on Reeves Avenue in Riverhead, New York and crashed his motorcycle. A motorist reported an injured biker and a motorcycle lying in the eastbound lane just before 4:30 p.m. Police transported him to Peconic Bay Medical Center, where he died.

David DeCarle was a cook on the Bridgeport-Port Jefferson Ferry on Long Island.

His club brother LJ James told the Riverhead News-Review that DeCarle, “worked a lot of hours to take care of this wife and newborn boy. He worked and he rode his bike for fun. It was his form of relaxation. He liked to ride. He was great member of the club. He was a big man but never a bully. He was always friendly. He always had a smile. He was always looking to help people. He was a gentle giant.”

According to James, DeCarle was aware of the inexcusable condition of the roads in Riverhead. “He was saying to tell everyone to be careful out there. He was saying to watch the roads; the roads are really bad. So you know he was being safe.”

No witnesses to the crash have come forward. As of Wednesday morning, the pothole that killed David DeCarle had still not been fixed.

DeCarle is survived by his wife Ksenia and his one-year-old son Desmond James DeCarle.

The Road Reapers will hold a fund raising party for DeCarle’s son and widow Friday night, March 20, at 8 p.m. at the Riverhead chapter clubhouse at 1129 Cross River Drive in Riverhead. There will be a memorial visitation this Saturday, March 21, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the McLaughlin Heppner Funeral Home at 336 Marcy Avenue in Riverhead.

David Ian DeCarle was just 36. He deserved more time.

Requiscat In Pace


32 Responses to “David Ian DeCarle”

  1. Sieg Says:

    Sad shit right there. Survive life in amerika, only to be offed by a pothole. My heartfelt condolences to family, Brothers, and friends.

    RIP David DeCarle, RRMC GBNF

  2. Road Whore Says:


    Condolences to all who are affected by David’s tragic and unnecessary death.

  3. Mazer Says:

    Prayers of comfort for David’s family and Brothers.


  4. Oldskewl Says:

    I’ve seen my share of potholes but damn that must be one fucked up road!
    Condolences to the family for your loss…


  5. so.ab Says:

    our condolences to davids family and his ROAD REAPERS MC brothers. respects FJMC BADLANDS.

  6. Jim666 Says:

    No disrespect whatsoever to Mr. DeCarle but is seems the state dot dept.s should cover all potholes w/ iorc patches, , sorry may been in bad taste but true, to the family brothers and friends of Mr. DeCarle.
    My sincere condolences of your los, after a bad winter we have potholes and salt/sand/p gravel on all the roads I know the wether has been pretty nice but remember that shit on/ in the roads guys, I will kill you !
    May you R.I.P. MR. DeCarle

  7. Wookiee Says:

    Condolences to the family and Brothers of Mr. DeCarle. Ride in Peace in the land where the sun never sets is always at your back

  8. Asskiller Says:

    Sincere condolences for the loss of David DeCarle’s family.

    We had a fatal accident a few miles from our home yesterday afternoon. A truck driver decided to own a lane and the biker was killed. His wife was airlifted out, no word at the local grocery whether she made it.

    The bike was cut in half.

    Watch your goddamn selves as the weather gets warmer.

  9. swampy Says:

    Sincerest condolences to the family, brothers and friends of David DeCarle.

  10. Paladin Says:

    Condolences to the family, friends and Brothers of David Ian DeCarle.

    Long may he ride,


  11. One Eye Says:

    Sincere condolences to the DeCarle family, brothers and all who loved David.

  12. Drifter Says:

    Compassion and Sympathies to His Family, Friends, and Brothers…

    Godspeed Mr.DeCarle…

  13. Rusty Says:

    Condolences to family, Brothers and friends

  14. Craney Says:

    Condolences to the involved of Mr. DeCarle

    Tomorrow marks one week (3/13) a brother got it by a left turning cage out in West Sac. I’m positive that the good people of site would have enjoyed his company. A man by many definitions. I looked up to him. Good, solid people.

    Ride in peace Ricko. You are missed by many.

  15. 10GAUGE Says:

    My sincere condolences to all who knew and loved him.

  16. Wiscokid Says:

    It’s amazing how you can see and handful of dot snowplow drivers plowing dry roads and sitting in there vehicles getting there hours days after the storm has passed. When spring time comes around and it’s time to grab a shovel there’s no one in sight. It doesn’t surprise me that this pothole is still not fixed after it claimed a life. Just goes to show government priorities. Ride on forever, R.I.P

  17. Wolfenlover Says:

    CONDOLENCES to the family friends & Brothers of David Ian DeCarle.
    Taken way too young. FTDOT!

  18. WheresMyBoots Says:

    Condolences to the Brothers and Loved Ones of David Ian DeCarle.
    Much Respect,

  19. BMW Says:

    Condolences to the Brothers, Family and Friends of David DeCarle!!! May He Ride in Peace Forever!!!

    While our corrupt political “leadership” spends billions on wars overseas, they refuse to spend on our deteriorating infrastructure here at home. The corrupt politicians can’t be bothered with domestic affairs while they spend so much supporting the Big Oil companies across the globe. We need to replace all the corrupt corruption with people willing to put the citizens of the USA first! There is absolutely no legitimate reason that potholes are not fixed the day they are discovered. The government employees would simply prefer the money be used to monitor electronic communications, instead of repairing our roads.



  20. Steel Says:

    Condolences to the family and his brothers. Way too young and with an infant child. May you rest in peace David.

    Respects to all


  21. The Kraut Says:

    My respects for Davids family and his Brothers.

    Respects to those who warrant respect


  22. Straight Shooter Says:

    City pay’s for burial. That is only right. Minimum $ of the deal. We need to bring home everyone, shut down every base and take care of the home front. No more $ to lands abroad. Fix our own, take care of our own.

  23. Kranky Klaus Says:

    Much respect, sympathy, and strength to David, his family, his friends, and his brothers. I’ve have a few instances where I have spoken with members of the Road Reapers and they always struck me as a great bunch of guys with great priorities. From one new yorker to another, RIP.

  24. 10-Pin Says:

    WTF kind of lack of due diligence and care by the DOT allows a fucking pothole to get so bad it can take out an apparently experienced and careful rider?!? Beyond a fucking shame right there. Ain’t none of us getting out of this ride alive, but to see a relatively young man, new dad, husband and Brother go out like that… I didn’t know the man, but it breaks my heart nonetheless.

    Sincere condolences to the family, Brothers and friends of Mr. DeCarle.

  25. Coast 2 Coast Says:

    Condolences to the family. It seems this is an 81 support club. He may very well have been one of the members that was a good guy mixed up unwittingly supporting. If that is the case, Condolences. News reports say he was riding a ninja??? Say it isn’t so.

    Aren’t we taxed to fix potholes?

  26. FF Says:

    NYC is a big rotten apple run by communist kleptocrats and NJ is an extension of that. I went over the GWB injanuary…. no toll collector n the booth. I get a bill in the mail now saying I owe them 4 the toll AND a 55 dollar fine. This is the kind of shit I put up with every day in this cesspool. I lost a tire this winter from a pothole but this man lost his life AND IT MAKES ME MAD. Just the other day some off duty linden nj cops were apparently all tuned up at 3am Iin the city and had a head on collision with a truck because the dopes were on the wrong side of the road.

    To the DeCarle family nothng I do or say gonna heal the pain only time can but we can just be there. Peace.

  27. Ol'LadyRider Says:

    Sincere condolences offered to his family, friends, and brothers.

    I have seen successful civil litigation regarding wrongful death due to road conditions. I hope the fundraising will allow his wife to lawyer up.

  28. S.M. Says:

    There is a GoFundme account link on the clubs facebook page if anyone
    would like to donate to help his wife with funeral cost

  29. Tom "Squirts" Clark Says:

    Respects to Mr. DeCarle. Damn shame. ABATE of Illinois worked with Taylor Legal Services out of Indiana years ago to develop a “pot hole” card which was a two-part piece of paper which was used to record a road hazard. One part got mailed off to the agency responsible for the maintenance of the road and the other got mailed to legal services. I used them and they worked especially well at the local level. Additionally, there is now a website which can be used to make an electronic notification nationwide when a person finds a road hazard. The website was created, and is run by, motorcyclists. (http://www.roadhazard.org/report_hazard.php) Anybody can lament how fucked up things are in this country (and they would be correct), but when we sit back and wait for someone else to act, shit only seems to get worse. Respects ‘n take care out there. ~Squirts (jus’ squirtin’ along…..)

  30. Ol'Goat Says:

    My most sincere condolences.

  31. PJ Says:

    Condolences to those left behind.

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