Atwater man dies after motorcycle crash

Atwater man dies after motorcycle crash

There are 29 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from Apr 7, 2008, titled Atwater man dies after motorcycle crash. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

An Atwater man died this morning after he was involved in a motorcycle accident at 6:45 a.m., the Summit County Medical Examiner's office said today.

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Kind Thoughts

Chagrin Falls, OH

#1 Apr 7, 2008
My thoughts go out to this family. I witnessed another motorcycle accident at that intersection last summer - Dale Musik. He was also killed in the crash. Please. . .everyone slow down and watch out for those you share the road with.
wow

Avon Lake, OH

#2 Apr 7, 2008
This was a sad and unfortunate accident. But we can't necessarily blame other drivers. Usually, when I see guys on motorcycles they are the ones speeding and changing lanes constantly.
Something Wicked

Stow, OH

#3 Apr 7, 2008


Too many times I've seen auto drivers disrespect the motor-cyclists. More often than not, the cyclist is looking out for the careless motorist.

We share the road, show some respect.

My condolences to the family.
Accuride 3rd shift

Henderson, KY

#4 Apr 7, 2008
My thoughts go out to Rich's family. I recently worked with him while he was on a job at our plant. He was a great guy. His visits to our plant will be missed.
different

Lusby, MD

#5 Apr 7, 2008
Yes, my condolences to the family, too. Depending on the motorcycle driven, the drivers are either very careful and observant, or ignorant and risk taking. Crotch rocket/sport bike drivers tend to drive more like jackasses than Harley/cruiser drivers do. ALL bikers should be looked out for by car drivers, but the bikers do have to take it easier as well.
JMW14

Canton, OH

#6 Apr 7, 2008
I grew up just down the road from this intersection and have witnessed too many accidents there. I hope that someday they put in a flashing light or something to keep this from happening again.
Just Me Over Here

Cleveland, OH

#7 Apr 8, 2008
JMW14 wrote:
I grew up just down the road from this intersection and have witnessed too many accidents there. I hope that someday they put in a flashing light or something to keep this from happening again.
Yes, I agree, I have family who were involved in an accident at that intersection last year. Something needs to be done!
Just Me Over Here

Cleveland, OH

#8 Apr 8, 2008
My sympathies to his family.

I agree, people need to show more respect for bikers. Last summer, I was behind my husband, following him home on his Harley.

I was driving his jeep, going a little slower than usual, and there was some distance between us.

All of a sudden two jealous, young punk kids got between us and were riding his butt so close, I thought they hit him.

They were just trying to be cute, so I showed them how it feels to have your plate number turned over to the cops. I just made sure I let them know who did it and why

Unless you ride, you don't know how scary it is to be riding on the back and have some some stupid kid flying up on your butt.

The season is here, arriving somewhere twenty seconds late won't kill you, slow down people.

“If The Shoe Fits”

Since: Feb 08

Medina, Ohio

#9 Apr 8, 2008
Something Wicked wrote:
Too many times I've seen auto drivers disrespect the motor-cyclists. More often than not, the cyclist is looking out for the careless motorist.
We share the road, show some respect.
My condolences to the family.
Nothing against motorcycles or the riders but they are dangerous. I just wish that they would make the owners put mufflers on them like they do automobiles.
Just Me Over Here

Cleveland, OH

#10 Apr 8, 2008
Shoe wrote:
<quoted text>Nothing against motorcycles or the riders but they are dangerous. I just wish that they would make the owners put mufflers on them like they do automobiles.
Loud pipes save lives! but we are very courteous
when we come home and shut it off so not to wake
our neighbors.
Almost hit biker

Strongsville, OH

#11 Apr 8, 2008
The majority of the bikers that I see driver eratically on the roads. Just yesterday, on Manchester road two Harleys pulled out of autozone and headed north toward 76. They totally jumped on it pulling out of there, flew down the road and then had to quickly stop in order to keep from hitting the back of a car that stopped at the light near the old Youngs restaurant. On my same trip, on 76 by Goodyear, I was ready to pull into the passing lane after following a slow car and I looked back twice and saw nothing. I turned on my signal and two crotch rockets flew by me at about 100 mph. If I would have pulled over, I would have hit them or they hit me. Would it have been my fault even though these guys were doing over 100 MPH and moved up on me so fast? I love Harleys and enjoying listening to them as they go by, but everybody please think about the people driving cars too before you start flying down the road!
sadddened

Canton, OH

#13 Apr 8, 2008
i dont typically make comments, but my husband was killed this past year in car crash, and people like you folks, read the paper and then just start making random comments speculating why you think the wreck happened, though you know no facts at all, and you end up blaming the victim. This is extemely hurtful to the family. they are already dealing with tremendous grief, and this type of blaming is not helpful to anyone. Please show the family a little respect. Rich was a loving father of an 11 year old, and a faithful husband and devoted son. My sympathies to all who knew and loved him
Just Me Over Here

Cleveland, OH

#15 Apr 9, 2008
Realist wrote:
I love it when an idiot biker bites the big one! Cleans up the gene pool.
As a biker, you need to bite a big one and shut your mouth!
realist

Hubbard, OH

#16 Apr 9, 2008
Just Me Over Here wrote:
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As a biker, you need to bite a big one and shut your mouth!
You know what hospital emergency staffers call bikers that ride w/o a helmet?

Organ donors!
MKO

Strongsville, OH

#17 Apr 9, 2008
realist wrote:
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You know what hospital emergency staffers call bikers that ride w/o a helmet?
Organ donors!
To Realist. When a tragedy hits your famnily, please let us know so that we can taunt and make fun of your loss. You are an idiot, low life scum bag. May you rot in hell.
Just Me Over Here

Cleveland, OH

#18 Apr 9, 2008
realist wrote:
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You know what hospital emergency staffers call bikers that ride w/o a helmet?
Organ donors!
And that, I am. If I die, hopefully I can save someone else.
blank

Cuyahoga Falls, OH

#19 Apr 9, 2008
Realist wrote:
I love it when an idiot biker bites the big one! Cleans up the gene pool.
YOU are an A S S
realist

Canton, OH

#20 Apr 9, 2008
Couple years ago, on Rte 8 north, just past the interchange, one of those idiot stunt riders was passing on the shoulder and got clipped by a pick-up truck.

Sweet justice - he bit the big one. I laughed for days. Just sorry I didn't get to see the jello puddin' head.

You ride - you take a big risk! You wipe out and die, your own f******* fault.
realist

Canton, OH

#21 Apr 9, 2008
Just Me Over Here wrote:
<quoted text>
As a biker, you need to bite a big one and shut your mouth!
Wouldn't that hurt??
blank

Cuyahoga Falls, OH

#22 Apr 10, 2008
realist wrote:
Couple years ago, on Rte 8 north, just past the interchange, one of those idiot stunt riders was passing on the shoulder and got clipped by a pick-up truck.
Sweet justice - he bit the big one. I laughed for days. Just sorry I didn't get to see the jello puddin' head.
You ride - you take a big risk! You wipe out and die, your own f******* fault.
That is just wrong. I am shocked at the callousness. True there are a MINORITY of bikers that are irresponsible, but the MAJORITY are not. Statisticaly speaking, when there is an accident involving a bike and a auto. Most often then not it is the person in the auto at fault. People don't pay attention when they are driving. First words out of their mouths, "I didn't see 'em" chances are, they weren't looking!

It is wrong to take the actions of a few and lump ALL bikers into that catagory. That would be like saying anyone who has any accident and dies, deserved it.

That is a sick minded person who takes pleasure in seeing someone loose thier life in an accident. I feel sorry for everyone that knows you and am greatful that I do not.

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