Lost an old friend to a cage driver

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Lost an old friend to a cage driver

Post by smilam » Mon Sep 15, 2014 11:32 pm

I had to go to a Celebration of Life for a old friend of 25 years. John was north bound on a hi way with a 65 MPH speed limit. According to reports an SUV was east bound and crossed in front of John's motorcycle. John hit the right rear quarter panel of the SUV and was thrown about 20 feet from the impact. John was not wearing a helmet and had massive head injuries. He was in a coma and unresponsive in intensive care for three weeks when they made the decision to let him go. I have not seen the official report but the SUV had to be going south bound, move into the left turn lane and cross the 30 foot median, the north bound left turn lane, and one or two traffic lanes before the impact. The other possibility was the SUV would have been leaving a stop sign going eastbound and crossed the south bound right turn lane, two straight thru lanes, left hand turn lane, 30 foot median, north bound left turn lane and one or two straight thru lanes before the impact. How did they not see each other. Did the SUV stop in the median and then pull out in front of John. John had bought this motorcycle about three weeks before the accident and had not been a regular rider for a number of years so that may have been factor. It leaves a lot of unanswered questions that we may never know all of the answers to. Would John still be here with us if he had been wearing a helmet? We will never know, but what we do know is that this accident has dramatically changed the lives of the 20 year old driver of the SUV and his passenger. John's wife of 40 years plus their three sons lost a good husband and father. John was a Master Craftsman and has built some very nice scale Radio Controlled Airplanes which have always scored well in contest. An advertising agency asked John if they could use one of his scale models in a TV commercial for a casino. It looked like the real full scale Waco in the commercial. Those of us in the RC community have lost a friend and fellow pilot.
This post has been a little long but I ask that each of you ask yourselves whose life's would your death have an impact on. If you are in an accident would a helmet help.

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Re: Lost an old friend to a cage driver

Post by HawkeyeGL1200 » Tue Sep 16, 2014 4:15 am

I offer my sincere condolences to you and your friend's family for your loss of a good friend.
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Re: Lost an old friend to a cage driver

Post by dingdong » Tue Sep 16, 2014 7:10 am

Prayers and condolences sent. Just hate to hear of these tragedies.

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Re: Lost an old friend to a cage driver

Post by HALBUDD » Tue Sep 16, 2014 4:56 pm

So sorry to hear this,and my prayers go out to his family as it will be hard for them to have lost him in this way.---------------Hal
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Re: Lost an old friend to a cage driver

Post by bustedwing » Thu Sep 18, 2014 7:25 pm

I'm sorry to hear about a dear friends death, especially when there is a question about the possibility that it might have been prevented. It sounds like some really wierd things happened anyway and some questions need to be answered, keep us updated.

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