I work for the city of richmond, in the bylaws department. I was the first vehicle on scene and called the Ambulance and First Responders to scene via my police band radio. The injuries the rider suffered were the most horrible ive ever seen. As a rider myself i was deeply upset at the terrible pain he was suffering. Death was not quick or merciful, and the poor rider suffered. I did what i could, a nurse and another medical proffesional tried desperately to keep him breathing and to stop him from bleeding out. I have not been on this site for a while because i sold my bike, it wasnt practical and i hated riding in the lower mainland. I can just imagine the rider was like me 13 years ago, a new rider loving every minute on the road. Their but by the grace of god go I. He was 20.... no offense to anyone but still a baby really, so much ahead of him. If there is one lesson i can convey its this:
WEAR A FULL FACE HELMET, ALWAYS!
I know, its not cool on the cruiser ect.. but ive worn a full face on a cruiser and its fine. The young lad that died on friday was wearing a half helmet, (not a beanie) and his face took the brunt of the collision. I dont know if he'd still be alive if he was wearing a full face, but i'd guess that he would be. As you can see by the time i wrote this that im not sleeping, i havent been able to sleep normally since the accident. Now im thinking of selling my great top quality gear, as i may never ride again.