Raynham biker killed in car collision

Apr 2, 2007 Full story: Boston Herald 12

Brian Mello, 43, was killed after he and two other motorcyclists heading east on Route 44 all collided with a car driven by a Weymouth man, John Hanrahan, the Taunton Gazette reported. via Boston Herald

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maryan

Quincy, MA

#1 Apr 5, 2007
This is yet another reason why the elderly should be retested on a yearly basis in order to keep their license! He was in his 70s. Who comes off a ramp w/out looking to see before merging w/traffic???? He T-boned this biker. Brian never had a chance.
wolfgang decker

Boston, MA

#2 Apr 17, 2007
maryan wrote:
This is yet another reason why the elderly should be retested on a yearly basis in order to keep their license! He was in his 70s. Who comes off a ramp w/out looking to see before merging w/traffic???? He T-boned this biker. Brian never had a chance.
maryan did you witness the incident?
Elisabeth Mello

Sutton, MA

#3 May 4, 2007
I agree there should be retested and often!! thru out the years of operating a motor vehicle. Mr Hanrahan how did you not hear 3 load motorcycles, how did you not see 7 sets of lights going straight.

Mr. Hanrahan and other like him out there
should not be operating period.

I feel very strong towards this seeing you Mr Hanrahan KILLED my husband and ruined our lives, now here on hell on earth.
Mary Edwards

South Weymouth, MA

#4 Jan 15, 2008
Whatever happened to Mr. Hanrahan. Did he pay for this crime.
billy blow

Norton, MA

#5 Jan 15, 2008
Elisabeth Mello wrote:
I agree there should be retested and often!! thru out the years of operating a motor vehicle. Mr Hanrahan how did you not hear 3 load motorcycles, how did you not see 7 sets of lights going straight.
Mr. Hanrahan and other like him out there
should not be operating period.
I feel very strong towards this seeing you Mr Hanrahan KILLED my husband and ruined our lives, now here on hell on earth.
sorryforyour loose bkiers rockon now and 4ever amen
MAP

South Easton, MA

#6 Feb 26, 2008
The trial for Mr. Hanrahan started & ended today. He was a drivers education teacher & yet ignored the rules he taught to our kids. He saw the men on bikes & made the choice to take a left hand turn in front of them causing the death of one firefighter & critical injuries to the other men. Mr. Hanrahan's driving record showed in court that he had several past speeding tickets as well. The judge listened to the sorrowful victim impact statements from Brian Mello's family & friends only to come to the decision that he would receive no jail time, 1500 hrs of community service to be completed while on 3 yrs of probation & 1 yr suspended sentence meaning as long as he stays out of trouble, completes his hrs of community service he'll be fine. Oh & she took his license away for 15 yrs but seeing as he's days away from his 75th b-day he'll most likely be dead before he'll ever have a shot of getting another MA license. All in all, not fair in my opinion & personally I feel his age was the only factor in keeping him out of prison. The firefighters widow requested at the very least a prison sentence of FOUR DAYS, the same amount of days her husband's body lay in the morgue before he was released to her. Her impact statement had the majority of the court in tears as we could all feel the pain pouring from her. I personally feel he should have received more hrs of community service & at the very least the mere 4 days his widow requested as well as loss of his license.
Not involved

Raynham, MA

#8 Jun 25, 2008
:(
Bryan

Gloucester, MA

#9 Jul 7, 2008
i myself am a drivers education teacher and agree on yearly retesting for senior citizens. once their senses and coordination deminish, whats left? a poor skill set developed at a young age when drivers saftey was overlooked. how many tragedys will occur before this is realized. its not rocket science to figure it out. i wish everyone was retested once a year or every other year so people stay sharp. also the state would make more money and use it to fix the terrible road conditions in many areas.
kms9592

South Easton, MA

#10 Apr 26, 2009
All drivers should be retested regularly and infractions penalized swiftly and costly!
We have all witnessed drivers OF ALL AGES blatently ignoring the safe rules of the road placing us all at risk.
Driving is a privilege, not a right. Only those who MAINTAIN those privileges should be allowed on the road!
jay

Charlotte, NC

#11 Jul 15, 2009
Another sad story...most bikers follow the rules of the road and are very safe drivers. Unless your a stupid kid racing a sport bike, most accidents that kill bikers are caused by drivers who dont see, dont care, or shouldnt be driving. So sad that a guy cant enjoy life without someone elses stupidity taking it away from him.

MOTORCYCLES ARE EVERYWHERE, PLEASE SHOW RESPECT AND WATCH FOR THEM
John Smith

Newton Center, MA

#12 Sep 5, 2009
When you choose to ride on two wheels, you have to assume the tremendous risks associated when SHARING the road with those in huge pickups, suvs, etc.,
The problem is a total lack of respect and civility on all sides! Motorcyclists, bicyclists, truckers.
Too much talking on the phone and texting. Driving is a serious activity that is taken too lightly by everyone especially those that are SUPPOSED to be enforcing the laws
IMHO mature men, married with children or not should not be risking their existence and the prospect of their children being raised fatherless, just to satisfy an adrenalin/macho need. Take the chance and you risk the dire consequences. BTW I ride on two wheels. John Smith
Ian R Godfrey

United States

#13 Apr 5, 2014
Mrs. Mello, I was the paramedic that took care of your husband that day. I moved out of the area shortly after the accident and finally was able to bring myself to look the case up. I want you to know that not a day goes by I don't think about you all and that day. There were many things that disturbed me about that scene but I hoped to gain some solace in that the legal system would work. Apparently I was wrong. I am so sorry

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