Deadly weekend for motorcyclists in W...

Deadly weekend for motorcyclists in Wisconsin

There are 203 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Apr 18, 2010, titled Deadly weekend for motorcyclists in Wisconsin. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Three fatal accidents involving motorcycles were reported Saturday in Wisconsin.

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Since: Apr 08

Twin Cities

#1 Apr 18, 2010
Prayers and sympathy for the families of all involved.
Short is Life

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Apr 18, 2010
Living life on the edge is what we
humans do when we go out in our
motorcycles, cars and trucks.

It is like riding on a time bomb and
not knowing when it is going to go
off even if we are the safest defensive
drivers or motorcyclist out there.

Say I love you to the ones you love before
leaving on your daily trips folks because
you never know when tragedy will strike
on that road to work, play or home.

Peace!
Just wrong

United States

#4 Apr 18, 2010
Mary Allen wrote:
no doubt the motocycle in the first case was going 100mph. One less on the roads for me to have a problem with. They all drive like bullies and it is amazing more aren't killed.
WOW you are heartless. How in the world do you know how fast the motorcycle wss going? You have no clue. These are people that have / had families.
Tim

Abingdon, IL

#5 Apr 18, 2010
Hey Mary, why not take a minute to douche the hate you spew out of your mouth? Obviously your hatred of motorcyclists stems from your inability to operate your own vehicle without pissing and moaning about other drivers.
Notthe Wholestory

Minneapolis, MN

#6 Apr 18, 2010
If the Pioneer Press had bothered to do a little research, it would have known that Saturday was the annual "Flood Run" down Highway 61 in Minnesota and up Highway 35 iin Wisconsin. Many thousands of cyclists were out. The influx of over ten times the normal cycle traffic may have been a contributing factor in the accidents.
tablehm

Norwood, MN

#7 Apr 18, 2010
Mary Allen wrote:
no doubt the motocycle in the first case was going 100mph. One less on the roads for me to have a problem with. They all drive like bullies and it is amazing more aren't killed.
I personaly, along with at least a thousand other motorcylists rode past this accident around 11:30am heading south a few miles south of Prescott Wisc on Hwy 35. The victims were heading north,(according to the sherriff's dept) and were broadsided from their right by the driver of the car heading south on Cty Rd E. This car went through the stop sign and ended up in the south bound lane of Hwy 35, traveling across 2 lanes of this highway. There is no possible way this car could have traveled that far if it had stopped completly at the stop sign. One woman lost her life, the man is in critical care. Possibly the same result would have happened even if they were in a car. How can you think this?
All BS

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Apr 18, 2010
Short is Life wrote:
Living life on the edge is what we
humans do when we go out in our
motorcycles, cars and trucks.
It is like riding on a time bomb and
not knowing when it is going to go
off even if we are the safest defensive
drivers or motorcyclist out there.
Say I love you to the ones you love before
leaving on your daily trips folks because
you never know when tragedy will strike
on that road to work, play or home.
Peace!
Not if you are a safe driver.
Mary Allen is a troll

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Apr 18, 2010
Don't feed the trolls!

I also drove by the fatal accident on 35 outside of Prescott. Does anyone know if WI state troopers release accident cause reports? I'd like to know what happened there. Was a ticket issued to the lady who pulled out in front of the motorcycle?
wrote

Long Lake, MN

#10 Apr 18, 2010
Was driving on I35W today and passed a serious motorcycle wreck in the area of highway 8 south of Blaine. Looked like a bike hit the backend of a minivan taking out the rear door and window.

Bikes are out, keep your eyes open.
truthful

Norwood, MN

#11 Apr 18, 2010
Notthe Wholestory wrote:
If the Pioneer Press had bothered to do a little research, it would have known that Saturday was the annual "Flood Run" down Highway 61 in Minnesota and up Highway 35 iin Wisconsin. Many thousands of cyclists were out. The influx of over ten times the normal cycle traffic may have been a contributing factor in the accidents.
this car must not of stopped, to travel across 2 lanes of traffic after hitting this motorcycle with the front end damage I saw.
come on now

Grantsburg, WI

#12 Apr 18, 2010
Mary Allen wrote:
no doubt the motocycle in the first case was going 100mph. One less on the roads for me to have a problem with. They all drive like bullies and it is amazing more aren't killed.
Are you seriously so heartless? These people have families. Any time a life is lost its a shame. No matter what the circumstance is.
I'm at at a loss for words. You must be a very caring human being.
come on now

Grantsburg, WI

#13 Apr 18, 2010
sorry for the double post.
Biker guy

Chaska, MN

#15 Apr 18, 2010
I too was on the flood run. The accident was caused by the woman in the car. Also Pioneer press has to get their digs in about the non wearing of helmets.

Since: Jan 09

United States of America

#16 Apr 19, 2010
Mary Allen wrote:
I knew this run was going on and stayed home. I have driven on that road many times with those bikers year after year and it is always the same rude jerks. Nothing new in that world. Maybe all of you that ride motorcycles could clean up your image, stop drinking so much at all this run means is stopping at one bar after another, and it would be a better place for all of us to drive.
We all pay taxes and the roads don't just belong to motorcycles.
Thank you.
You are a clueless , heartless jerk, there is no other way to put it.
Marc

Minneapolis, MN

#17 Apr 19, 2010
Mary, I dont drink. I would rather live and die in my world than spend 5 min in yours.
Mrs R

Maple Grove, MN

#18 Apr 19, 2010
This could have easily been avoided. There are several models of Korean cars that cost less and get just as good gas mileage as motorcycles. The cars are equipped with all the latest safety features such as seat belts and airbags.
Kim V

Saint Paul, MN

#19 Apr 19, 2010
Mary Allen wrote:
no doubt the motocycle in the first case was going 100mph. One less on the roads for me to have a problem with. They all drive like bullies and it is amazing more aren't killed.
Mary, my husband and I have ridden alongside Bill and Lori on many occasions and have never felt unsafe with them. Unless you know something the sheriffs dept are not saying, keep your heartless comments to yourself as the family deals with this tragedy.
Rider

Saint Paul, MN

#20 Apr 19, 2010
Mary Allen wrote:
I knew this run was going on and stayed home. I have driven on that road many times with those bikers year after year and it is always the same rude jerks. Nothing new in that world. Maybe all of you that ride motorcycles could clean up your image, stop drinking so much at all this run means is stopping at one bar after another, and it would be a better place for all of us to drive.
We all pay taxes and the roads don't just belong to motorcycles.
Thank you.
Well Mary, looks like you're full of anonymous comments. Yes, there are bikers that go on this run that drink too much and can get out of control. But not all. If I were to judge you based on your comments, I would say that you have no friends because you're opinionated and if anyone disagrees with you it turns into an argument. You may be married, but your husband avoids coming home because you nag him. You're going to reply to this post disagreeing with my first comment that not all bikers are bad. You're going to stew for a while regarding my judgement of you until you can come up with the perfect rebuttal, which you will call me an idiot. Don't care.
Bubba Grump

Winona, MN

#21 Apr 19, 2010
Biker guy wrote:
I too was on the flood run. The accident was caused by the woman in the car. Also Pioneer press has to get their digs in about the non wearing of helmets.
And besides helmets, I'd be nice to know if any of the bikers were runnin' loud pipes. They're supposed to save lives, you know.
TheEndOfTheRoad

AOL

#22 Apr 19, 2010
Notthe Wholestory wrote:
If the Pioneer Press had bothered to do a little research, it would have known that Saturday was the annual "Flood Run" down Highway 61 in Minnesota and up Highway 35 iin Wisconsin. Many thousands of cyclists were out. The influx of over ten times the normal cycle traffic may have been a contributing factor in the accidents.
I was on the first "flood run", when the idea first came into being so long ago. I know the original "founders" if you will. Although I`ve missed the last 5-6 runs because I moved, I remember clearly living on Co.21 just south of Afton. The run became more or less, the official start of the motorcycle season. We called it the "de-frost your nuts run" in the beginning.

Over the years, and with more and more people riding for pure pleasure, things got so bad on Co.21, that I choose to move. Even as a rider myself, the foolish things I saw happening as the machines climbed the long hill to the top by the Afton Alps enterance, made me wonder how so many fools could live so long. The noise was bad enough, but the "crotch-rocket" kids were just plain stupid. Of course I`m not talking about everyone that rides, so please understand that right off the bat.

The run brings out all kinds of riders. But that also includes the "knuckleheads". Mix that into a spring where the other drivers out there are not even close to looking for bikes .. and it is no supprise that the weekend toll goes up. Yes, I`ve seen some real problems develope over the years with the runs [spring and fall], but for the most part the riders are experianced, and just out to enjoy the company of other riders after a long winter. THAT in itself, can be a recipe for an accident, and with that many bikes out at one time, it happens. But the other "non-riding" people out there are also not completely innocent, and they can be just as dangerous, if not more dangerous, than the groups of motorcycles themselves.

That gal with the heartless post.........stick it in your ear.

To all those who have passed on in the run over the years, I pass my sympathy to the families left behind. To those that just passed on over this weekend......your free now, enjoy the space.

BTW... I still ride. What I miss most, was writing for the biker mags, and covering all the runs and rallies. It was years of fun meeting new people and taking such great photos for the mag covers and inserts. I really miss the crew from "Spoke-N-Road". I enjoyed those years I spent writing for them.

Peace and a safe riding year to you all,
FernbergBear

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