Archive | February, 2018

Tradgic accident leaves bikers dead

Two Fort Myers residents on a motorcycle were killed and a Cape Coral resident also riding a motorcycle was seriously hurt Saturday in a six-car crash on State Road 31 in DeSoto County.

The Florida Highway Patrol said that Anthony Neff, 58, and Susan Danza, 59, both of Fort Myers, were on Neff’s 2015 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide traveling south on State Road 31 shortly before 9 a.m. when the vehicle went left of center on a curve and was hit by a northbound Chevy Silverado 3500.

The FHP report said the Silverado’s driver tried to avoid hitting the motorcycle but the left front of the truck hit the front of the cycle.

The crash produced a chain-reaction collision between four other vehicles, including a semi-trailer and another motorcycle.

Kimberly Henson, 53, of Cape Coral and the driver of a 2002 Honda motorcycle, was also seriously injured and was taken to Bayfront Medical Center.

None of the drivers or occupants of the four other vehicles involved were injured.

The FHP said it was not known if Neff and Danza were wearing helmets. Henson was wearing a helmet, the report said.

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Stupid Motorcycle thieves finally caught

Sumter County Sheriff’s detectives conducted an undercover operation after finding the stolen motorcycle on “Facebook Marketplace” and “Offer Up.” The advertisement was placed by an individual identified as April Nicole Adkins. Detectives posed as interested buyers and met with Adkins at a home located on County Road 221 in Wildwood.

During the meeting, undercover detectives were able to confirm the motorcycle was the stolen motorcycle and the 31-year-old was taken into custody. Her boyfriend, 47-year-old Patrick Joseph Smith, was discovered hiding in a bathroom.

Detectives believe the pair has been involved in multiple thefts and are actively investigating. If you have any information regarding any thefts committed by these two, contact Detective Justin Street at 352-689-4612, 352-569-1680 or Crimeline at 1-800-423- (TIPS) 8477

Motorcyclist run over by road rage Dick

UK

A raging driver who smashed into a parked motorcyclist, breaking his legs in a horrific “revenge” attack , has been jailed for 11 years.

Robbie Cheetham, 23, saw red when the motorbike rider accidentally clipped the door of his Audi A5 as his girlfriend opened it, and went in search of the 26-year-old biker.

He cruised the streets until he found Mr Bracchi parked by the road, checking his bike in Redcar, North Yorks.

Local man Cheetham, who was serving a suspended prison term over a 90mph police chase, has been jailed for 11 years.

He admitted causing grievous bodily harm.

Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC said: “You clearly were hot-headed.”

Cheetham smashed into the dad of four, breaking his legs. His victim might never fully recover, Teesside crown court heard.

Fn’ Dick runs over bikers

Raleigh, N.C. — A 35-year-old Raleigh man was arrested in a road rage assault incident with two motorcyclists on Tryon Road in Raleigh Saturday.

Brandon Howard Stadiem was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, felony hit and run, misdemeanor hit and run, and assault with a deadly weapon.

Police said Stadiem struck two victims, who were driving motorcycles, with his car. One victim suffered several sprains and the other suffered a concussion. Both have been released from the hospital.

When a group of riders saw the vehicle hit their friend Saturday morning, they couldn’t believe their eyes. They followed Stadiem’s vehicle into an apartment complex in order to get his license plate number for police when he rolled over another rider.

Experienced motorcyclists who watched video of the incident said it looked as though the motorcycle drivers were doing everything right and Stadiem was frustrated and intentionally hit them.

“This gentleman weaponized his vehicle and turned it against people that were not an equal threat to him. There is no amount of training to prepare you for something like that,” said Rodney Long with Evolution Motorcycle Club.

Biker Killed when he fell from a freeway overpass

A motorcyclist died when he fell from a freeway overpass after crashing into a roadside guardrail in Long Beach on Sunday afternoon, according to authorities.

The wreck happened around 4:25 p.m. on the roadway that connects eastbound Ocean Boulevard to the northbound 710 Freeway, police said in a news release.

“Officers arrived on scene and discovered a 2005 Honda motorcycle lying on its side on the overpass,” police said. “The rider was found in a construction area below the overpass after being ejected from the motorcycle.”

Authorities haven’t released the man’s name yet, saying only that he’s a 24-year-old from Los Angeles.

Police said they believe the rider split lanes between two vehicles on the overpass before moving into the right lane and hitting the guardrail.

After the crash, paramedics took the man to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to authorities.

Police are still investigating but do not believe drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash.

Investigators asked anyone with information to contact them at (562) 570-7355. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or lacrimestoppers.org.

Florida Bikers are sick of being killed by Careless Dicks

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — More than 100 motorcyclists made their way to the Capitol Monday morning from Monticello. The riders and the group ABATE of Florida, Inc. spoke to legislators about some of the safety issues they face every single day.

The state president of ABATE of Florida, Inc., James Reichenbach, said their main focus is trying to cut down on deaths due to drivers who are distracted. He wants to see a bill passed that protects the motorcyclists on the road.

Reichenbach said the most common type of crash involving a car and motorcycle is from left hand turns. Many people can’t see the motorcyclist.

Reichenbach said he’s had five times more motorcyclists die recently from accidents Involving distracted or careless drivers. He believes this type of accident should be considered manslaughter.

“We’re getting killed. We’re getting run over by cars and trucks and everything else and trying to stop that. We’re fathers, we’re mothers, and we have children. We’re just like anybody else, we just happen to ride motorcycles, and we shouldn’t be an endangered species,” said state president of ABATE of Florida, Inc., James Reichenbach.

Biker Killed by Careless Dick in Florida

A 23-year-old man was killed Thursday evening after a van pulled out in front of his motorcycle on Cortez Road, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Ryan Micheal Bazell of Bradenton died at the scene after an 80-year-old woman driving a Kia Sedona pulled out in front of him at the intersection of Cortez Road and the entrance to the Sarasota Bay RV Park in Cortez.

According to troopers, the van was traveling westbound about 5:36 p.m. on Cortez Road in the left turn lane, approaching the intersection. Bazell, driving a Yamaha R6 motorcycle, was heading eastbound on Cortez Road in the right lane at the same time.

The woman in the van then turned left from Cortez and in the direct path of Bazell.

As a result, the front of the motorcycle collided with the right rear side of the van,and Bazell was thrown from the bike. The van spun around before coming to a final rest.

The driver of the van was transported from the scene with minor injuries. She is being charged with violation of right of way, the FHP said.

Bazell died from his injuries at the scene.

Harley’s doubling down on layoffs

Harley Davidson announced it will be shelving 800 Workers In The US, which led to the flushing of 100 more Aussies at the Adelaide Plant, in Australia. The plant down under was producing wheels & hubs for some H-D scoots.“

This all stems from the fact that Large motorcycles are not the preference for the next generation of riders and sales are slumping drastically.

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