One dead in motorcycle crash - Sentinel & Enterprise

There are 71 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Jun 14, 2009, titled One dead in motorcycle crash - Sentinel & Enterprise. In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

A 22-year-old Ashburnham man died early Saturday morning after crashing his motorcycle at the intersection of Narrows and East roads, according to Westminster Police.

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Brewster, MA

#62 Jun 17, 2009
Fortier Family wrote:
He was going 5 miles over the speed limit, EVERYBODY DOES IT. People have died on that same spot, so stop saying he was being reckless or whatever it is that you are saying. In Ricky's words, you sound like 'a clown'.
Many, many people have sincere condolences over your's and your family's loss.

But, in regards to speed, if Ricky knew ahead of time what that stretch of road was like, what was he doing going even 5 miles over the speed limit? If it were so bad as some claim, then one would expect a driver to do 5-10 miles under the speed limit in the name of safety.

Hindsight can be an important lesson for our next generation of drivers.
listen

Gardner, MA

#63 Jun 17, 2009
I have been "watching" these comments.
I agree that "so sad" could have perhaps left out the comment about how the deceased often sped (and that, then, that could be the cause of the accident that caused his death), but I can also see his (?) point for bringing it up. If he truly is a friend, too, this might be HIS way of "grieving"- by trying to make sense of his friend's death, and trying to get you all to "wake up" and see that there is a real risk to speeding on a motorcycle (or in any vehicle).
Also, this is NOT a memorial posting area- this is the posting area of a local newspaper's article that is in the news. Of course there are going to be comments about the news article, including comments about the deceased.
I also want to point out that part of what "so sad" (and others who've also commented similar things) might be trying to say, is that this is sad for you, and hard for you, but your should try to see things for how they are, and to find a way to learn from this (if he did in fact speed, or somehow drive dangerously- maybe he didn't- I wasn't there, and I have never met him). I remember that many years ago, someone I knew had a friend die after getting hit by his brother. His actual cause of death was due to a brain injury that he sustained as he hit the back of his head in apparently just the right spot to kill him. The wife of the man- and all his friends and family- went on and on about how his cause of death was this brain injury, and they wanted everyone to donate money in his name to a brain injury group, etc. But, I was sickened by this. He didn't die due to brain injury- that wasn't the real reason he died. He died because both he and his brother were drunk, and they were being stupid and playing around in the parking lot of their favorite bar, and the one ran over the feet of the other, and he fell back at that moment, and hit his head. So- yes- the literal "cause of death" was a brain injury. But the real reason that he died, was because he drank all the time, and his brother drank all the time, and they were being careless. And, I might add, they were leaving the bar, and had planned on driving home in that state- so they risked a "brain injury" to anyone that they may have hit that night, had they driven. MY point to this story, is that the family and friends of this man (including the person I knew) were all willing to forget the REAL reason that this man died, and they laid the blame on "brain injury", and glossed-over the fact that the man was a drunk, and just got stupid one too many times. It actually angered me, because it was like they completely allowed each other to ignore the larger issue- the drinking. The pathetic thing was that after the funeral or wake (probably both), they all met at the bar and got drunk together- to remember their friend who had died. So, they all did the exact same thing that he did, that caused his death- to "celebrate" him. Unbelievable.(This was in Worcester, by the way- it was a somewhat visible case a few years ago.)
So, MY point is that if your friend/cousin/co-worker/whatev er died due to no fault of his own, truly, then that is one thing. But, if speed or carelessness played any part, please don't hide your heads in the sand and ignore what can be learned from that. Don't be like the idiots in the death I told you about, and ignore the blaring, obvious issue that needs to be discussed- for the protection of the rest of you, and for any of us reading this.
I mean him no disrespect, and I don't like speaking of those who have died in any way that is negative. I know that I can sit here and type, and they can't speak for themselves, so I am not trying to be mean. I am just trying to get you to see that there might be something to learn from this. Of course, no matter what he did or didn't do, he didn't deserve to die, and I am sorry for your loss.
HEY WELL

Brookline, MA

#64 Jun 18, 2009
Karma?
Michelle Fortier

Hathorne, MA

#65 Jun 20, 2009
omfg he was only going like maybe 5 miles over the speed limit and i'm sure everyone of you people have gone at least 5 miles over the speed limit! his death had nothing to do with speeding! he missed the corner and thats all that happened and he crashed! he sin;t the frist person to die on that corner so you all need to shut up and stop saying he was irresponsible for speeding or what ever else your saying! most of you probally didn't even know him that well so why would you post such rude and disrspectful comments!?
Michelle Fortier

Hathorne, MA

#66 Jun 20, 2009
Fortier Family wrote:
He was going 5 miles over the speed limit, EVERYBODY DOES IT. People have died on that same spot, so stop saying he was being reckless or whatever it is that you are saying. In Ricky's words, you sound like 'a clown'.
Exactly! see he wasn;t the first one to die on that spot so you all should shut up cuz you don;t all know the whoile story and what really happened! my god some peopel are so cruel and nasty!
think parents

Gardner, MA

#67 Jun 27, 2009
Hi again,

I noticed that there were responses to what had been said, so I checked in.

First, Michelle, you need to grow up and speak in a somewhat classy way to people- and not expect people to "shut up" because you don't like what they're saying- in a public posting forum, at that.

Second, I didn't know this man- you're right- and I made that clear from the beginning. I also stated that I have no idea if his death was due to anything he did that was wrong or careless. I simply stated that if it HAD been due to any carelessness or irresponsible driving- which someone (or more?) people said they knew he was capable of (because they claimed to know him)- then you all should be looking at that, and trying to learn from it, instead of ignoring it and blowing it off.

That is NOT being "cruel and nasty"; that is having the expectation that some of you are capable of seeing that someone you loved and knew died, and hoping that you will try to prevent that happening to the next one of your family and friends.

My husband rides, and he tells me all the time that there are careless cars that have almost hit him, but also that there are some pretty careless riders, too. I've SEEN the way that some of these riders (mostly young guys, though not always) act on their bikes.

Again, I was simply suggesting that if there were ANY chance that this cousin (?) of yours was careless, you'd be best off coming to terms with that- and find a way to learn from it- than to sit on here and yell at other people.
Michelle Fortier

Amesbury, MA

#68 Jun 30, 2009
ummmm excuse me? he wasn't careless lady! It was night and he didn't see the corner and he hit a concrete wall okay don't start saying sh*t like that to me when very few of you know what really happened okay?
dink

Windham, NH

#69 Jun 30, 2009
Michelle Fortier wrote:
ummmm excuse me? he wasn't careless lady! It was night and he didn't see the corner and he hit a concrete wall okay don't start saying sh*t like that to me when very few of you know what really happened okay?
Don't motorcycles have headlights?
How could he not see the corner? What if a pedestrian or child had been there instead of a wall?
Michelle Fortier

Lowell, MA

#70 Jul 1, 2009
ummm idk maybe he did see but you know what i am not gunna get itno this again geeez ohhh man
wtf

United States

#71 Nov 15, 2010
wouldn't of happened if he didnt stop hanging out with me. Motorcycles might get you cooler friends, but they also can kill you.
Disgusted

Leominster, MA

#72 Nov 15, 2010
Michelle Fortier wrote:
ummmm excuse me? he wasn't careless lady! It was night and he didn't see the corner and he hit a concrete wall okay don't start saying sh*t like that to me when very few of you know what really happened okay?
Really? And you do? Were you on the back of the bike and took off and left him dying in the street then? Cause running from an accident is a felony you know...

No one knows but him. Leave it at that little lady.

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