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Old 11-27-2013, 01:03 PM   #1
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On the first day of our yearly South Island Tour of New Zealand... the "Great Southern Latte"... we have had another tragic loss.

My dearest friend Scott Healey has died from injuries suffered after colliding with a Van head on. He was on a GSXR1000 but he loved his Aprilias and in particular the Tuonos. He has owned probably 4-5 RSV Factories, several Tuono, V2's of various years and was just talking about getting the new V4.

13 of us were on a superb back road and enjoying the ride and as we rounded a blind, off camber, left hand corner (We ride on the left in NZ). Even though he was 85% out of the corner Scott all of a sudden grabbed a huge handful of brakes, straightened up and crossed the center-line in front of the Van.

They collided head on at 45 degrees and Scott suffered serious internal injuries.

I was directly behind Scotty when he entered the corner and we were over 2/3rd of the way trough the corner when he suddenly grabbed a handful of brakes. And it wasnt just a slight squeeze or minor scare... it was a massive, no around, handful. The speed want too high as I easily managed to make the corner despite having to watch Scotty hit the van and seeing the chaos unfold in front of me. And he was a better rider and very competent ex-racer. In fact, despite his size he did very well racing! Scotty never brakes mid corner, irrespective of if a corner suddenly tightened, or doing too quick, or gravel on the road... he always simply leaned off further and tipped her in harder. So something made him grab the brakes like that... yet none of those things mentioned occurred... it did not tighten, there was no gravel, it looked clean, there was no shadow and his speed was good.

I could not see the van from my position 7-10 meters behind Scotty as I hadnt yet rounded the blind corner, so I cant say for sure if the van had been on, or partially on our side of the road 50 meters farther round the bend. And I dont want to play the blame game as I really dont know the answer. But something caused him to hit the picks like never before.

A moment after he braked I saw the van in view, Scotty was locked up and went straight over the center line and they collided.

He was conscious and lucid and able to talk to us until the Chopper and paramedics arrived.

He was immensely brave and never once complained of the pain he was in, despite having a broken left leg, smashed pelvis, broken ribs and hand, punctured lung and massive internal injuries. His only concern was difficulty breathing and for us to make sure we called his wife Kirsty... then he joked that maybe it wouldnt be such a good idea as she would kick his when she finds out he's crashed!

His bike burst into flames and turned into a fire ball just a few meters from him and we had to make the decision to drag him away from the flames. Obviously we didnt want to move him in case we injured him further but we were worried it might explode. And Scotty weighs about 130-135kg (300 lbs) so is a big man to move. In fact we call him the Man Mountain!

Scott was taken to Nelson Hospital and into surgery for about 6 hours. But sadly his injuries were too much and they couldnt save him.

His wife Kirsty and I were with him when he passed.

bless him as he was a seriously good man. Generous to a fault, very caring. smart and a brother to me.

He will be missed by all who had the pleasure to meet him. My heart goes out to Kirsty and to Scotts family.

Fortunately the driver of the Van did not suffer any serous injuries. I think it will be some whiplash, a sore face from the airbag, sore shoulder from the seat belt and maybe bruised tummy from the steering wheel. And as I mentioned, I dont know if the driver was over the line or if Scotty somehow had a crazy up moment when he slammed on the brakes. Only the driver knows and I suspect if guilty, that he wont be silly enough to admit it. But again, this isnt about blaming someone as we will never get Scotty back. The serious crash unit may form a clear picture, I'll have to wait and see.

This is all too familiar as 10 Years ago I lost my best mate at the time, Kerry Gordon, while were were riding together. He overshot a corner and was in a coma for a few weeks before he died.

It is a dangerous sport we all love, so please, please, take it easy out there guys and make your riding decisions count!

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Old 11-27-2013, 01:25 PM   #2
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Old 11-27-2013, 03:09 PM   #8
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His injuries sounded just like mine and brings back those feelings....I'll never forget. I guess I was a lucky one. I too was told I wouldn't make it.
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Old 11-29-2013, 03:38 PM   #11
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Old 11-30-2013, 07:01 AM   #13
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Old 11-30-2013, 02:58 PM   #17
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RIP! Just goes to show no matter what your skill level is, this is a dangerous sport and to always respect the dangers of it.
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