I can't sleep....

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by cRAsH, Aug 26, 2001.

  1. cRAsH

    cRAsH Banned

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    I can't sleep.
    His name was Gary.
    I keep seeing his blank stare, hearing his moans, seeing
    the blood pouring from his mouth.
    I did my best to make him comfortable, held his hand,
    continually talked to him telling him help was on the way,
    to try to stop struggling, all the while preventing the well-meaning
    but uninformed lady from taking his helmet off.
    He was breathing, and loosening the strap was as far as I would go.
    We loosened his leathers, removed his gloves, and tried to keep everyone calm.

    His riding buddy was useless. The mexicans that were in the truck he t-boned
    were seemingly in shock.

    I felt like it was up to me to keep things as under control as possible, and
    I did the best I could.

    He was in the bed of the truck. That's where he landed, after his chin and chest
    hit the roof pillar so hard it shattered the windshield.

    We were the first to arrive. It happened on a bad blind curve about 3 miles from my
    house. I know the road well - it's a bad spot because the road leading into it is
    a sweet set of sweepers and a little straight. But, if you know the road, you don't
    fly around that corner.
    Russian Roulette.

    Gary played.

    Gary lost.

    I hope he's gonna be ok - they airlifted him out.

    I can't sleep....
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  2. cRAsH

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    front view
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    cRAsH Banned

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    it was approx. 40 feet
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  5. Marc

    Marc Just sayin...

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    Shit. That's sobering. I hope Gary makes it through this.
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  6. engineer

    engineer lookee lurker Supporter

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    If it makes you feel any better, the posted pix reminded me of a stretch of road close to home that I need to chill out on.... Thanks for the info.

    Via con Dios!
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  7. billcat

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    Horrible news. Prayeres out to Gary, hope he gets through this ok.
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  8. Baldy

    Baldy Founder of ADV Administrator

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    There is way, way, way too much of this going on. I read your post last night and couldn't sleep either.

    The Australian newspapers say traffic fatalities are down 7.1% from last year, except for motorcycles, which are up 19.1%.
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  9. Gyromaniac

    Gyromaniac Betty Crocker w/ wrenches

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    all together now, riders . . . .

    "There but for the grace of God go I."


    Even the sanitized comfort-of-own-home screen version of that wreck is gut-wrenching. Sorry you had to experience it in person.
    Thanks for posting it.
    Good journalism isn't pretty, but hopefully some positive impact. Too late for poor Gary, though.

    My thoughts are with him.
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  10. fish

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    I echo the sentiments of all those before me. But I can't help but recall the cardinal rule of riding: Don't hit anything solid.

    Too...I wonder what would have happened if he had ABS? Looks like a rear-wheel lockup to me.

    Truly a bummer...but perhaps a learning experience for the rest of us. :confused:
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  11. cRAsH

    cRAsH Banned

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    Unfortunately, no. My hunch is he made it ok. I checked the local obits for a while...:(:
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  12. Myles Whitfield

    Myles Whitfield Studly Moderator

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    Seems to me the sportbikers get crunched around here a fair bit too....

    With the exception of the military guys going to and from work conspicuity on a bike seems to be the more or less exclusive domain of us less-than-"cool" beemer pilots..

    My mantra has always been "50% of them don't see you, and the other 50% are out to get you."

    FWIW-the fact that he was "struggling" when you were there means his spinal cord was at least somewhat intact--as for the blood in his mouth--unless it is coming forth in bright, frothy, profuse quantities it is likely something as minor as a bitten tongue..

    Thanks for the sobering reminder...sleep well.

    Myles
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