One dead, one critically injured in E...

One dead, one critically injured in Eustis motorcycle crash

There are 31 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Mar 24, 2007, titled One dead, one critically injured in Eustis motorcycle crash. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

A Lady Lake man died and a Eustis woman was critically injured in motorcycle crash late Friday night.

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Ryder

Lady Lake, FL

#1 Mar 24, 2007
Ther u go a dumb car driver kills a moter cyclest , JUST BLAME THE BIKER THATS WHAT ALWAYS HAPPENES
Brek - College Park

Safety Harbor, FL

#2 Mar 24, 2007
It's why motorcycle awareness needs to be apart of driver education, and although not mentioned, cell phone use while driving are particularly dangerous to all of us, not just we motorcyclist.

Sad.
Harley

San Antonio, TX

#4 Mar 24, 2007
Another @#%&whole idiot probable busy lighting his blunt while driving. How can you not see a big electraglide one of the biggist and most lighted manufactored bikes there is. Revoke is license for ever!!!
BikerMan

Safety Harbor, FL

#5 Mar 24, 2007
Dimwit drivers are why I wear a helmet. I hate it, its hot, can't see as well but it's all I have between me and dipshits like the driver of this car. I seriously doubt the Harley driver was at fault. I hope Carla does okay.
joe cyclist

Lakeland, FL

#6 Mar 24, 2007
More than likely the motorcyclist was riding on faulty equipment and going over the speedlimit. We'll also find out he had been drinking. I feel sorry for all involved, but don't blame the car driver.
Jim from Orlando

Lindon, UT

#7 Mar 24, 2007
Another tragic biker death. Motorcyle deaths are getting to be quite the thing in our wonderful state. We bikers like to think it is because of the geriatric population, however, this was not the case. Negligent drivers who try doing everything but drive. Laws should become more severe for motorist who hit and kill a motorcyle driver or rider. C'mon drivers please be more attentive.

“PROUD TO BE CHRISTIAN”

Since: Mar 07

Batesville, AR

#8 Mar 24, 2007
well it seems that motorcycle riders these days are becoming more careless by the minute.

but wait a second... was the man or woman wearing a helmet? that could have been a factor.
Mike from Eustis

United States

#10 Mar 24, 2007
Geez - what absurd speculation... The intersection of 44 and 44a can be seen by doing a Google map of Cassia, FL. If the MC rider was heading east on 44a, and the automobile "crossed his path at the intersection" then that means the car was heading north or south. Since there's a stop sign for drivers entering 44 from 44a, the only thing that someone MAY be able to deduce from the article is that the motorcyclist was at fault (didn't yield the right of way). However, even that is speculation. Let's stop the "mass hysteria". And yes, I'm a motorcycle rider, although I spend most of my time in an SUV.
Bud

United States

#11 Mar 24, 2007
It's always tragic when deaths occur from auto wrecks, but the roads in Central Florida are so crowded it's dangerous even in a car much less a motor cycle and another tragic death for a family.
BREEZE

Ellijay, GA

#12 Mar 24, 2007
I would hope any one who has traveled that part of 44a will agree that for one to miss or not stop at that stop sign would be allmost impossible , as there are some of the roughest speed reducing bumps built into the road there to stop just what some of ya think may happened, as for me my scooter would rattle ya eye teeth loose traveling over them surely to let me know the stop was approaching . and i have certainly made poor judgement when turning either right or left onto 44a from 44 many times in the past and no mention was made of wether the vehicle had turned onto 44a or was continuing passed it on 44. so before we make comments lets get the whole story huh ???
I have known earl for the better part of 25 years and can attest to the fact that he was one of the most careful riders i have ever ridden with and will be missed greatly by all who had the chance to know him .
BREEZE

Ellijay, GA

#13 Mar 24, 2007
joe cyclist wrote:
More than likely the motorcyclist was riding on faulty equipment and going over the speedlimit. We'll also find out he had been drinking. I feel sorry for all involved, but don't blame the car driver.
ok then let me inform ya that i have known the rider for many years and if ya read the article ya will see his bike was allmost new , also he was very curtious when riding and never drank before riding , especially if he had a rider with him ..nor did he ever break the speed limit by any more then most of you do every day in your vehicles, so lets get the whole story before we make such comments as this huh ??
BREEZE

Ellijay, GA

#14 Mar 24, 2007
Carla we all love ya hope for the best for ya
will see ya soon BREEZE
William Beem

Lakeland, FL

#15 Mar 24, 2007
joe cyclist wrote:
More than likely the motorcyclist was riding on faulty equipment and going over the speedlimit. We'll also find out he had been drinking. I feel sorry for all involved, but don't blame the car driver.
So the article states that the car driver pulled out in front of the motorcycle (a 50 year old rider on a big Harley) and you think it's his fault for speeding?

I'm curious how you reach this conclusion.
William Beem

Lakeland, FL

#16 Mar 24, 2007
far away wrote:
well it seems that motorcycle riders these days are becoming more careless by the minute.
but wait a second... was the man or woman wearing a helmet? that could have been a factor.
Try reading the article again. Yes, they were wearing helmets. Why do you think the motorcyclist was careless if it was the young driver who pulled out in front of him?

Another case of blame the victim?
Surfdude

Safety Harbor, FL

#17 Mar 24, 2007
Mike from Eustis wrote:
Geez - what absurd speculation... The intersection of 44 and 44a can be seen by doing a Google map of Cassia, FL. If the MC rider was heading east on 44a, and the automobile "crossed his path at the intersection" then that means the car was heading north or south. Since there's a stop sign for drivers entering 44 from 44a, the only thing that someone MAY be able to deduce from the article is that the motorcyclist was at fault (didn't yield the right of way). However, even that is speculation. Let's stop the "mass hysteria". And yes, I'm a motorcycle rider, although I spend most of my time in an SUV.
That is a BAD intersection.
Tina

Columbus, OH

#18 Mar 24, 2007
Hey, this is my family you're all speculating about. Let's wait to find out details before we go blaming people. Regardless of whose fault it is - someone died. My aunt finally found a good guy and now he's gone. My heart is broken for her and his family.
mike

Olive Branch, MS

#19 Mar 25, 2007
Sadly the drivers of cars in this all too common event are rarely charged with any crime, but they have been criminally negligent and have caused death by dangerous driving.
Time for the FHP to make an example of this careless driver, its nothing short of murder.
That might teach Fl car drivers to look where they are going but I doubt it.
Many Fl car drivers are very careless and dangerous road users.
They think they are driving a car but actually they are pointing a loaded weapon.
mike

Olive Branch, MS

#20 Mar 25, 2007
Sadly the drivers of cars in this all too common event are rarely charged with any crime, but they have been criminally negligent and have caused death by dangerous driving, unless of course the biker didn't halt at the stop sign.
If the car driver did not yield the right of way then its time for the FHP to make an example of this careless driver, its nothing short of murder.
That might teach Fl car drivers to look where they are going but I doubt it.
Many Fl car drivers are very careless and dangerous road users.
So mnay have a drink in one hand, a cigarette in the other and a cellphone jammed between their shoulder and ear.
They think they are driving a car but actually they are pointing a loaded weapon.
The car drivers in these cases almost always say "I didn't see the biker".
If they tried concentrating on driving instead of everything else they do then they might stand more of a chance of seeing other road users.
Megan

Lady Lake, FL

#21 Mar 25, 2007
Okay listen JERKS!
I know Carla and Earl.
Carla's daughter is one of my best friends.
Earl would not have done anything wrong on the motorcycle. After loosing his wife in 2005 because of a motorcyle accident he was a very cautios driver.
So to everyone thats saying the driver of the motorcycle was at fault you all can go suck one.
Earl loved Carla and would have done nothing to hurt her.Let alone kill himself.
The driver of the car is at fault. He crossed there path.
You all made me extremely mad reading these.
Earls dead. Carla has 6 broken ribs and is in critical condition.
Thank you very much. So back off of Earl being the one in fault. He wasnt.
William Frey

Lakewood, OH

#22 Mar 25, 2007
I didn,t know Earl very long but I do know one thing,He was a very very careful rider and was a good person.I,m sorry I will not be able toget to know him any better.I know he loved to ride even after his wife was killed.He will be missed by all who knew him.

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