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Old 09-22-2013, 05:17 PM   #1
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The phone you never thought you would get

The phone call you never thought you would get
Saturday morning I got an urgent phonecall and voice mail from my dad and brother to call them ASAP. It was my brother and it was the worst.

I have no idea why he was riding without a helmet. Maybe it is the difference from dying on scene and dying a week later in ICU, maybe it was the difference between living and dying, I will never know.

My heart is so broken.....

Here is the news report;

A 45-year-old Alamogordo man was killed Friday night after he struck an elk while riding his motorcycle west of Tularosa, a New Mexico State Police spokesman said.
Sgt. Emmanuel T. Gutierrez said Brian Miller was killed while riding his 2011 Honda motorcycle westbound on U.S. Highway 70 near mile marker 208 around 9 p.m. Friday.
Gutierrez said Miller was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
"An elk entered the highway from the north side of the road," he said. "Miller did not take any evasive action and immediately impacted with the elk. Miller was ejected from the motorcycle. Miller was pronounced deceased at the scene by a field deputy from the Office of the Medical Investigator. We've had a handful of these motorcycle versus elk or deer crashes that have resulted in death. The last one that occurred was in Catron County last summer. In Catron County, the motorcyclist struck a deer. He was ejected from the motorcycle as well and killed."
Gutierrez said he believes motorcyclists need to be more aware when traveling on rural roads.
"It's the risk they take when riding a motorcycle," he said. "It's the same risk drivers take when traveling in a vehicle, but a vehicle offers them a little more protection."
Holloman Air Force Base Col. Andrew Croft told the Daily News


that Miller was a civilian contract employee who worked at the commissary on the base
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Old 09-22-2013, 05:27 PM   #2
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Condolences and prayers. I got one of those calls in 1984 on my brother and another one in 2007 on my son. It is hard to process.
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Old 09-22-2013, 06:03 PM   #3
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My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this tough time. If anything good can come out of a situation such as this, it might be the fact that this might make someone else think twice before heading out without ATGATT.

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Old 09-22-2013, 06:04 PM   #4
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I am so very sorry, you are in my prayers...
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Old 09-22-2013, 06:31 PM   #5
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deer vs motorcycles are bad enough.
I cant feature hitting an elk on a motorcycle.

I am sorry for your loss.
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Old 09-22-2013, 07:07 PM   #6
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I am very sorry for your loss. Try to remember the good times.
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Old 09-22-2013, 08:39 PM   #7
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Your family is in my prayers. My wish for you is for you to be able to find peace with this.

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Old 09-22-2013, 09:28 PM   #8
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So sorry for your family's loss. Only good thoughts and prayers coming your way.
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Old 09-23-2013, 03:38 AM   #9
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Thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
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Old 09-23-2013, 06:58 AM   #10
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Oh man So sorry for your loss.
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Old 09-23-2013, 07:09 AM   #11
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so sorry

Ah shit, understand all to well right now. so sorry.
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Old 09-23-2013, 07:10 AM   #12
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Sorry for your loss brother, I couldnt even emagine.
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Sorry for your loss. I wish you and your family courage and strength.
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Old 09-23-2013, 08:40 AM   #14
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That's terrible. I'm truly sorry that you're having to go through this. Stay strong.
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Old 09-23-2013, 09:01 AM   #15
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Condolences. I don't know your brother, but feel like I was there with him since I have ridden that stretch of road in the evening and driven it at night, and seeing an elk would be well-nigh impossible until they jump onto the road in many places. Hopefully some good will come out of this by increasing the rest of our situational awareness rules, especially at night.
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