Every day of the year there are somewhere between 15 and 60 major motorcycle accidents. This page ignores most of them because there is just never much to say. But we notice the carnage on the road and just once we thought you might want to take a small glimpse at the big picture of motorcycling in the United States.
If you care to know, this is just a little of what your local paper and television stations did not tell you today.
Dump Trucks, Guardrails And Falls
A biker named Steven R. Samsil, 50, of Cadiz, Kentucky died trying to pass a slow moving dump truck on Kentucky Route 274. The truck turned left in front of him. The two collided. The truck won and Samsil died of multiple blunt force injuries. A spokesman for the Kentucky State Police said the truck driver would not be charged with anything.
In Arlington, Texas a 41-year-old motorcyclist named Douglas Trimm died when he lost control of his bike on an overpass. Trimm flew off the Highway 360 overpass and fell 20 feet to the eastbound lanes of Interstate 20.
In Norristown, Pennsylvania last night two bikes were racing across the Dannehower Bridge. One racer had a girl on the back of his bike and when he lost control and went down she was thrown off the bridge. Her name was Ryan Benita Benjoman and divers pulled her body out of the Schuylkill River early this morning. She was 19.
And, Sean Fisher, 29 died in Belleville, Illinois last night after his bike hit a guardrail while he was travelling in the westbound lanes of Illinois Route 15.
Drunks and Gravel
A former state trooper named Arthur Ryan Koonce, 31, died in Nacogdoches, Texas last night when a Toyota Four-Runner hit his Victory Vegas. The Toyota was driven by a man named Paul D. Darden. Darden had been drinking.
Raul Heredia, 40, of Gilroy, California died in the road last night after he was struck by a white, 1995 Nissan pickup truck. The truck fled the scene.
Cathyann Pandolfo, 49, of Uxbridge, Massachusetts was killed and her husband Derek Pandolfo, 50 was seriously injured on the way back from the Laconia rally. Their bike hit a patch of gravel on Interstate 93 near Windham New Hampshire and flipped over.
George Welsh, 46, of Fort Wayne, Indiana is in critical condition after hitting a deer this morning on Interstate 469. Witnesses said Welsh had just gotten on the road when the deer ran into his path.
Last night near Ephrata, Washington 59-year-old Russel Triplett hit a cow on State Road 28. A good Samaritan named Dora Coreas Guzman, 46, stopped behind Triplett and turned on her hazard lights. And then she was struck by a Ford Windstar driven by a woman named Debra Nelson. That collision broke Gusman’s neck and drove her car over Triplett’s bike but he survived.
Over the weekend, a small pack of eight bikes went down in Sullivan, Illinois trying to avoid road debris. Five of the bikers were hospitalized.
And, Koreen Burgess, 46, of Garland, Utah was seriously injured and her husband Brady Burgess, 38, was slightly injured when a pronghorn antelope tried to leap over their bike on Highway 191 near the Snake River Outlook in Grand Teton National Park. The Burgesses were on the lead bike in a seven bike pack.
Keep your head up and your eyes moving. Rubber side down. Shiny side up. Don’t daydream.
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