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Old 06-07-2014, 09:05 PM   #1
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I was involved in a fatal today (update with pictures)

I'm high on oxy so I'll try and explain what happend...
Meet another rider a few weekends ago, Triumph 675, he ask if we could ride sometime, sure.
He called me last night around 11pm and we made arrangements to meet this morning, cool guy in his 30's, works a pizza joint with his family...that's all I know, oh, names Jason.
We had a great ride, no stupid stuff just smooth twists up in the mountains. At the end of the ride we pull into a gas station and meet 3 young guys, 675, CBR, Harley, don't know them, got talking, it's cool...
I live on the 321 around Watuaga Lake TN...if you went to Ricks you would know it.
I said I was going home, said good bye to Jason and the guys, that's when Jason said " what the hell, I'll ride with you" they others asked if they could tag along and the 4 of them would follow it to the 421.
I took the lead, I just wanted to keep a nice steady pace, just like the ride earlier.
There was lots of traffic so we just ran with them until we got to the 321, coming down a straight stretch of road with a decreasing right hand bend, I know that bends bad so I slowed down a little bit slower than when I'm on my own.
Just then I see Jason fly by at god only knows what speed(well over a ton).
As soon as I see him I know he won't make it, no way in hell.
He must have seen the pick up truck and grabbed a handful of front, so hard the back end went straight up in the air and he hit the pick up head on followed by the bike hitting him. I've already slowed down but Iv just watch a guy die and his bike bounces back and I slam straight into it.
My Tiger ends up on top of his bike and I land 5-6 feet away. I remember waking up to hear a women say she thought I was dead.
I'm lucky, two Busted ribs, hands hurt really bad, shoulders not to good either. I'm pissed, wtf was he doing! He was a nice guy and showed no sign of aggressive riding all day...his poor family...fuck!!!!!!

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Old 06-07-2014, 09:08 PM   #2
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The bikes a right off, that hasn't sunk in yet....
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Old 06-07-2014, 09:09 PM   #3
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Old 06-07-2014, 09:11 PM   #4
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Wow, man I hate to read this. After a good day of riding and then this to happen.

Sorry is all that I can say.
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Old 06-07-2014, 09:13 PM   #5
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Jesus, I'm sorry for your and his family's loss.

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Old 06-07-2014, 09:17 PM   #6
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Wow that's intense. I've been on a fatal before, they are one of the most intense experiences of our lives. Take time to process it, Good luck man.
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Old 06-07-2014, 09:49 PM   #7
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You know, the only way I can find out about the guy now is by reading his obituary.
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Old 06-07-2014, 09:59 PM   #8
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Coping Tool

I'm an old rider now, 50 years of riding behind me, still riding and have hours of tales. First on the scene, and involved in 2 fatals, To cope for years, when the scenes come back into my mind, I switch forcefully to thinking of the most pleasant riding experience in my lifetime, ---riding my DR down the beaches chasing the surf in Baja. Or my 2 year old Granddaughter busy in the backyard.

Right now for about a month you have to mentally digest it. Then start pushing it in a dark room with an off switch and a door, in the basement of your brain. Otherwise Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome will ruin your sleep and nerves.
I also say the Lord's Prayer, as a way to sleep,---It works for me. Non believers in the Mental Health Field call it chanting....OK....and told me nevertheless..... excellent way to meditate and drift off to sleep.

You have and will find a pleasant set of thoughts to switch to, the pain at this early stage is an open wound, it has to heal and close for a while.

Peace young brother.
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Old 06-07-2014, 10:33 PM   #9
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Love and gentle hugs to ya Paul.
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Old 06-07-2014, 10:38 PM   #10
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Sorry to hear about this and glad that you are ok. Prayers out to your friends family.

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Old 06-07-2014, 11:08 PM   #11
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Man that sucks. Sometimes there is no explanation. Sometimes people just make mistakes, bad decisions, caught up in the moment. The same thing may have happened even if you weren't with him. Try not to dwell on it too much.
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Old 06-07-2014, 11:35 PM   #12
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My condolences to his friends and family. And best wishes to you as well in your healing process. His crash was not your fault.....
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Old 06-08-2014, 12:34 AM   #13
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OMG man... fuck, really sorry to hear this, wow, all my best.
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Old 06-08-2014, 04:34 AM   #14
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Old 06-08-2014, 05:15 AM   #15
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Oh Jesus paul. I'm so sorry about the whole thing!! Your bike, your body, your buddy!!! Shit that's a lot to digest. I highly recommend getting a good therapist who is familiar with trauma. Keep reaching out here...it'll never go away, never. But you have to get it out. Fuck. That just flat out sucks!! Godspeed Jason.
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