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Old 06-18-2007, 02:57 PM   #1
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Death of a Student

I just got a call from my faculty chair. One of my students was killed in a motorcycle accident over the weekend. The news is bad enough, but what's so horrific about it is that she was talking to me at break last week about how she and her friends were bar-hopping on the bikes. She was a new rider, and expressed the idea that "a few drinks here and there helped relax her so she wasn't so afraid." I tried to tell her it was a bad idea without overstepping my bounds as an English instructor, but you guys know how it goes. . .

I'm looking at her first and last essay entitled "Learning to Ride a Motorcycle" as I type this. It's full of all the horrific advice that people tell new riders "just get on and go." She jokes several times about the bike "nearly killing her." Her friends, at one point, pushed her to ride outside her comfort zone, and she writes "I survived though."

She was a vibrant woman who contributed a lot to the class, and she'll be missed.

Sorry for the morbid post, but there's no one else who'd really get how much this affects me as a woman, a rider, and a teacher. I wish I'd spent more time talking about MSF and choices with her last week. I wish when she said she felt safe because she rode in the middle of the group that I'd acted on my impulse to say that was potentially the worse place to learn. I wish I'd embraced my role as an instructor--one who is charged with saying the unpopular. I wish. . .a lot of things.
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RIP, was she the lady who died on the causeway?
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sorry to hear that. some people just never get the chance to learn. hopefully others in the class can and will learn from this. Maybe you can make this an example of how to do what you know is best for you and not let others lead you to do things you aren't comfortable with.
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she was not the one on the causway was she ????
I'm not sure since there's no ID in the article; my collegue didn't have specific details. The time/place seems right though. Her best friend is in the class, and if she's there tonight, I imagine she'll tell me.

I was going to ride Mogee in tonight because she wanted to see my bike. . . this sucks.
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I bet it was the one on the causeway there are too many similarities.
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I bet it was the one on the causeway there are too many similarities.
Yeah, it's her. I found the followup report:

Police Identify Santa Fe Woman As Fatality Victim

GALVESTON Police confirmed that a 31-year-old Santa Fe woman died in an accident on the causeway Saturday night.

Carie Austin was killed when the Suzuki motorcycle she was driving struck a stalled Cadillac and ejected her into the path of another vehicle.

No charges have been filed. The wreck appeared to be accidental, Galveston Police Sgt. J. Kylen said Saturday.

All vehicles were traveling about 50 mph, reports show.


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RIP. If it was the same girl that died on the causeway it said it wasn't her fault, "Wrong place wrong time" is what I read but still sad to hear. My thoughts and prayers are with the family
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...kinda of an interesting and pointed reminder.
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Mala, you shouldn't beat yourself up. You did what seemed appropriate at the time. The fact that the girl died is not something you could know in advance and warn her about.
I know you are feeling the loss and I share your pain. We all feel it when a rider is down. She may have made some bad choices, it's too bad she had to face the consequences.
I guess we all have made bad choices, sometimes, and we were lucky we didn't have to pay such a high price... yet.
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Thanks everyone. Reading these news articles and Mightmouse1's post along with Carie's essay is surreal...

Intellectually, I got it when some of you wrote that you were going to stick to the track and whatnot after the deaths we've seen this summer, but I never got it in that visceral way. Right now, the thought of riding Mogee makes me feel sick. I guess time will burn that feeling away.
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