Schuylkill County Motorcycle Crash: Man, woman killed in accide...

Full story: The Morning Call

The driver and passenger of this motorcycle were killed after crashing on Route 209 in Schuylkill County Sunday night around 9:45 p.m. The accident happened in Schuylkill Township about a quarter-mile east of Tuscarora.
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Easton, PA

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May 18, 2009
 
Deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.
Kit

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#3
May 18, 2009
 
What a shame. My thoughts are with their loved ones.

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Timetogetoutof, PA

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#5
May 18, 2009
 
A sad event. WFMZ reported this morning that neither person was wearing a helmet.
Winston

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#6
May 18, 2009
 
Why are helmets not required but seat belts in cars are??

I do wear my seatbelt everytime and when I use to ride a bike I wore a helmet too.
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Bangor, PA

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#7
May 18, 2009
 
My condolences go out ot the family and friends of the 2 riders. Please do not make this about whether or not they were wearing a helmet as adults we should be able to make decisions for ourselves. I support the rights of individuals to decide whether or not to wear one, I ride and I choose to wear my helmet.
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Northampton, PA

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#8
May 18, 2009
 
Helmets don't provide much protection in major accidents like these. Helmets are more useful in preventing minor dumps from causing major neurological damage. Riders shouldn't be compelled by the nanny state to wear helmets. They should be compelled to do so by common sense, however.

My condolences to the deceased's family and friends.
Jen

Bethlehem, PA

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#9
May 18, 2009
 
My condolences to their families. What a tragic accident. Thoughts and prayers go out to their family and friends.
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#11
May 18, 2009
 
Could those two deaths been prevented? Possibly, but who knows for sure.
Helmets aren't needed when you KNOW you won't be having an accident!

Until such time as that information is provided, you are best served by being as fully prepared to survive as possible. That means not only full helmets but body armor jackets and pants, gloves and full boots as well.

I won't go one mile without them.
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#12
May 18, 2009
 
RIP
Irish Girl

Nazareth, PA

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#13
May 18, 2009
 
I'm required by law to wear my seat belt but not my helmet? I'm required by law as a passenger on the bike to wear EYE protection but not Head protection.
Thank Lisa Boscoli for voting to elminate the helmet law! Charlie Dent was for it!
Dangerous

Havertown, PA

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#14
May 18, 2009
 
Motorcycles are dangerous!
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May 18, 2009
 
Dangerous wrote:
Motorcycles are dangerous!
So is walking, driving, flying.. or even breathing if you watch the news often enough...lol
Rider

Allentown, PA

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#16
May 18, 2009
 
People die in house fires every day but there is no law requiring you to sleep in flame retardant pajamas.
Irish Girl wrote:
I'm required by law to wear my seat belt but not my helmet? I'm required by law as a passenger on the bike to wear EYE protection but not Head protection.
Thank Lisa Boscoli for voting to elminate the helmet law! Charlie Dent was for it!
Too Late

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May 18, 2009
 
Irish Girl wrote:
I'm required by law to wear my seat belt but not my helmet? I'm required by law as a passenger on the bike to wear EYE protection but not Head protection.
Thank Lisa Boscoli for voting to elminate the helmet law! Charlie Dent was for it!
Wah wah wah. Please do everything for me mommy government! How ever will I survive if left to use common sense? Wah wah wah.
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May 18, 2009
 
Rider wrote:
People die in house fires every day but there is no law requiring you to sleep in flame retardant pajamas.
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True, but you own your home, you dont own the roads. If you chose to use the roads, I agree that a helmet should be manditory. You wanna splash your skull on your property.. go ahead.. you dont even need a license plate or registration to do that.. You bring it on the road, and now you die from a simple fender bender, because you chose not to wear a helmet.. now the other party in the accident has to think about that forever, and your family have to view a closed casket. although, I am sure the insurance company is happy they no longer have to replace the bike.. and can now scrap it... So i see insurance companies wanting there to be a choice.. but they too do not own the roads...

PS..ive been riding for 15 years, and I never once decided to leave my helmet off, yet alone my jacket.. Then again, I also have fallen from loose gravel and can attest first hand that the helmet and jacket saved a lot of pain....
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#19
May 18, 2009
 
From the looks of the motorcycle I don't believe having a helmet on would have prevented the outcome. The choice to ride with or without a helmet is the individuals. If they die because of that choice that is what they knew to be a possability of that action. They accept that. Some would much rather die doing something they enjoy then alot of other reasons they could die from. If I was didn't want to die on a motorcycle I would not get on one to begin with. You just never know so do want you enjoy.
Rider

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May 18, 2009
 
ya dont say wrote:
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PS..ive been riding for 15 years, and I never once decided to leave my helmet off, yet alone my jacket.. Then again, I also have fallen from loose gravel and can attest first hand that the helmet and jacket saved a lot of pain....
I have been riding 33 years if you include motocross before I got my road motorcycle license at 16. I too wear a helmet 98% of the time jacket 75%, chapps on the road below 70 degrees, and boots 100%. Still it is up to the rider as it should be. Every newby who takes a little slide and rubs a full face bucket on the asphalt assumes that would have been his head, Well the bucket is much bigger than your noggin and adds a couple pounds up there too. let's not kid ourselves, the best protective gear in the world will not make a difference if you hit solid object at highway speed. Everything you do in life has a risk. One does loose the quality of life from too much protection all of the time. It would be like going through life never skinny dipping or loving a wild redheaded lady.

The part that burns my butt a bit is when someone dies in a motorcycle accident people jump on the comment section and start throwing stones at the departed over the helmet issue.
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May 18, 2009
 
Rider wrote:
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I have been riding 33 years if you include motocross before I got my road motorcycle license at 16. I too wear a helmet 98% of the time jacket 75%, chapps on the road below 70 degrees, and boots 100%. Still it is up to the rider as it should be. Every newby who takes a little slide and rubs a full face bucket on the asphalt assumes that would have been his head, Well the bucket is much bigger than your noggin and adds a couple pounds up there too. let's not kid ourselves, the best protective gear in the world will not make a difference if you hit solid object at highway speed. Everything you do in life has a risk. One does loose the quality of life from too much protection all of the time. It would be like going through life never skinny dipping or loving a wild redheaded lady.
The part that burns my butt a bit is when someone dies in a motorcycle accident people jump on the comment section and start throwing stones at the departed over the helmet issue.
Well.. i've road dirt bikes since i was about 10, i could then state 22 years of riding as well.. and ALWAYS wore a helmet..
Here is the thing.. rules should be established to enter a public road.. if not for your safety then the safety of others.. now.. a helmet wont make other safe, but it will prevent many if not most fatalities in urban areas..
at 100 miles an hour..or even over 50, not much will save you.. but take it from me.. i crashed my dirtbike and would be dead today if not for my helmet.. i split it in half and the only thing that happened to me was two broken bones in my forarm..
so.. to me.. on public streets, helmets should be manditory.. the reason they are not, is because of insurance companies, not because of your freedom to choose.. as much as you would like to think that, its all about money with lobbyists and legislators.
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May 18, 2009
 
Too Late wrote:
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Wah wah wah. Please do everything for me mommy government! How ever will I survive if left to use common sense? Wah wah wah.
NO NO that's not what I meant. I think it's dumb to require a seat belt in car, protective glasses on a motorcycle, but not a helmet.
It is common sense and persons choice I just don't think it makes sense to have a law for one and not the other.

I mention the politicians because that law ticked me off and I wrote to them to voice my opinion and I thought I'd share.
But in the end I agree its common sense to be aware of your surroundings, take as much precaution and sometimes it's just not gonna matter.
God Bless these families, I meant no disrespect.
Rider

Allentown, PA

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May 18, 2009
 
You Dont Say wrote:
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i crashed my dirtbike and would be dead today if not for my helmet..
Dirt you really need a helmet because if you are not falling off of those regularly then you are not really using it. We most likely agree on most issues with bikes since our experience is the same. We just don't agree about forcing others to wear helmets all of the time. I try to side for freedom until it hurts someone else. If you want a law to save motorcyclists then let's pass some anti cell phone laws.

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