DeLand motorcyclist killed in head-on...

DeLand motorcyclist killed in head-on crash with truck

There are 30 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Feb 21, 2009, titled DeLand motorcyclist killed in head-on crash with truck. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

A DeLand man was killed early today in a head-on crash on US-17. Michael Priester, 53, was riding a motorcycle north on US-17, just north of Old Daytona Road, at about midnight Saturday when he was struck by a ...

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Oviedo, FL

#2 Feb 21, 2009
Why was he travelling in the northbound lanes when driving southbound? Drunk perhaps? The driver of the pickup should definetly be charged. Drunk or stupid he killed a biker.
old biker

Gainesville, FL

#3 Feb 21, 2009
sSo many times I've seen people in the wrong lanes and the famos left turn in front of motorcycles ( I don't want to say bikes because most of the public think that's what you call a motorcycle) and the perp get off. The news always states that the cyclist wasn't wearing a helmet ( if they have the insurance they don't need it -Florida law) but never mentions the cage driver didn't even look. Now this one is a head on case, where is the rocket sientist to figgure who is at fault????

Carrollton, TX

#4 Feb 21, 2009
Mika was a great firefighter at Orange County Fire Rescue and will be missed by the whole department

Carrollton, TX

#5 Feb 21, 2009
Mike Priester will be missed
Fenris Placido

Clearwater, FL

#6 Feb 21, 2009
Mike was a firefighter at Orange County Fire Rescue, he was a GREAT friend, the kind of guy you want to have on your side, someone you can always count on. One of the funniest people I have ever met!!!!!! He will be MISSED IN A GREAT WAY.
The world lost a great guy and the department a awesome firefighter.
Uh Oh

Xenia, OH

#7 Feb 21, 2009
That's sobering.
Scott Mehaffey

Kansas City, MO

#9 Feb 21, 2009
You always made me laugh and I will miss you brother!
ridin shotgun

Palm Coast, FL

#10 Feb 21, 2009
when will these people start to look out for the bikers, sad thing is he won't be the only one, it's now bike month. please people keep your eyes peeled there will be thousands out there.............THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE SIR, MAY YOU REST IN PEACE

Anderson, SC

#11 Feb 21, 2009
The truth of the matter is some idiot in a vehicle killed a motorcyclist and they will probably have to pay a small fine. Look at Billy Lane, a Bike Builder driving Drunk in a pickup truck Killed an innocent person on a motorcycle 2 freakin years ago and he's still walking around a free man. Motorcyclist, bikers what ever you want to call them are stereotyped as drug crazed 2nd class citizens and who cares if they get killed. The Truth is these are just regular people who ride motorcycles for enjoyment, like others who own a boat, or horse. Forget the helmet crap, helmets are only protective up to 13.6 mph after that they're not much use. The problem is vehicle driver who are reckless, Make them accountable for their actions, put them in jail,Don't forget, the biker went to the cemetery.
Sad News

Roxboro, NC

#12 Feb 21, 2009
I had the priviledge to have known and worked with Mike prior to retiring and moving north. He was a gentleman and a real Firefighter. This is really sad news and a terrible loss.

God Bless both of his families.
Patrick Husic

Orlando, FL

#13 Feb 21, 2009
Rest in peace Brother. You were a great friend and a true brother. A Fireman's Fireman and loved life.
Mark Krywko

Parrish, FL

#14 Feb 21, 2009
RIP brother. You were a great guy and a great firefighter.

Since: Feb 08

Maxton, NC

#15 Feb 21, 2009
Sorry to see this happened. I personally knew Mike and he was one of the few who put things aside and remained a friend. You will be missed Mike. Rest in Peace..."Brother"

Orlando, FL

#16 Feb 21, 2009
Rest in peace Sir!
Fenris Placido

Orlando, FL

#18 Feb 22, 2009
it was an HONOR knowing and being your friend, I'll miss you brother, I'll miss you.
Chuck Gordils


#19 Feb 22, 2009
Although I never met Mike I do know many people who have worked with him. May his friends and family find solace and strength for one another during this difficult time.

Chuck Gordils
Martin County Fire Rescue
White Platoon

Allen, TX

#20 Feb 22, 2009
As a brother firefighter of Mike, I want to extend my sincere sympathy to his family. I will miss seeing Mike and talking to him. As a Harley rider myself, I hope and pray that drivers everywhere (of all vehicles) could possibly be more careful. We share the roads...we don't own them. Rest peacefully my brother and may solice and comfort find your family and friends...
Adam Caldwell

Oviedo, FL

#21 Feb 22, 2009
Rest in peace Mike, It was a pleasure knowing you. My condolences to the family.
jane doe

Pulaski, WI

#22 Feb 22, 2009
this is truly sad we all need to be aware of who shares the road.
Mary Beth

Richardson, TX

#23 Feb 22, 2009
Rest in PEACE Mike. You will be missed by so many because you were loved by so many. Say hey to Daddy for me.

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