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Old 12-24-2005, 07:07 AM   #1
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cliff notres: young kid wheelies, lands it, tires again, dies.

I'm posting this as a "please be careful" thread.

I was returning home today, driving through a rural area north of
Kansas City. We're had a lot of snow off an on for a few weeks (a lot
for Kansas City) and the roads have been heavily salted. The temps
hit the mid 50's today and there were several bikes on the road.

In my rear-view mirror I caught a familiar sight, a pair of
closely-spaced headlights directly behind me by some ways, coming up
fast. I moved to the right lane and a person on an RC51 came by on one
wheel, waving of course. He went back on two wheels and just as I was
muttering "he's going to kill himself ... " he downshifted and tried
it again. His rear wheel broke loose, he went into a tank-slapper and
then he high-sided with the bike tumbling after him,

I slid the truck to a stop, blocking the left lane of traffic and ran
to the kid on the ground. He was wearing a helmet and laying flat on
his back. I opened his visor carefully and he was conscious and alert.
I began to ask him if it hurt anywhere and he said not at all and I
got a chill down my back. He then said he was unable to move anything
and started to cry. I sat trying to calm him while we waited for the
paramedics. His breathing became labored, his eyes rolled back into
his head and he stopped breathing.

All sorts of things went through my head; I remembered when I went to
him not to remove the helmet, but I decided quickly that not breathing
trumps a broken spine. Another motorist arrived and he helped me
carefully remove his helmet. He had no pulse so I began CPR, I was
saddened but not shocked to see that most of his ribs were broken in
the crash. He never regained consciousness, nor did he respond when
the paramedics showed up and used the paddles.

I followed the paramedics to the hospital with the kid's tank bag and
helmet. Approximately 30 minutes later his parents showed up and
before I had a chance to talk to them the doctor came out and
delivered the inevitable news.

Once the police were done with me his father asked if I had a moment;
of course I did. I handed him his son's things and we chatted briefly.
He asked how it happened and I told him, leaving out the stunt riding
part. I told him that roads stay slippery with the salt on them and he
just lost control. He asked if I rode and I said I did, he said that
he did too till this afternoon. He thanked me for stopping, gathered
his wife and lead her away.

The doctor said he never really had a chance, that the internal
injuries probably caused him to bleed out in a matter of a minute or
two.

It all happened so fast. I think we've all done a stupid thing or two
in our lives; I know that there but for the grace of go I. Please
be careful out there and if you ride during the winter, remember that
the roads are still slippery, even after the snow melts and the roads
dry off.

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, that's a sad story.
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,... i just got a little misty eyed... sorry to hear that.... Joe, you be carefull man... your one of my boyz.. and I could see you doing that (the whole waving thing on the highway at high speeds).,...so ya'll be carefull out there
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So sad. Kind of brings me down on this Christmas eve.
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Old 12-24-2005, 08:46 PM   #7
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Old 12-24-2005, 10:05 PM   #8
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kinda stuff happens in cars too though. i can understand why his dad would stop riding, but driving is just as dangerous. someone i know just died in a car wreck thursday, so either way be careful
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Old 12-24-2005, 10:38 PM   #9
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so sad.... people never think how their parents, family and friends are going to fill.. and even someone that didnt even know him... so sad.. may he RIP
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Old 12-25-2005, 03:09 AM   #10
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really sad. pretty nice how he left out the stunting part with his parents though.
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