Just got this......if there is a lesson learned out of this....wear a lid no matter where or when
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
A young motorcyclist might still be alive if he had been wearing a helmet, police say.
The 26-year-old Vancouver man was involved in a crash with another motorcyclist at Stokes Pit, a popular off-road biking spot in Surrey.
"The primary cause of this poor fellow's demise was the lack of an approved helmet," said Cpl. Roger Morrow of the Surrey RCMP.
"He hit another motorcycle head-on, and then he landed on the pavement. So that's two head injuries."
The fatal accident happened shortly before dark Sunday, at a spot that has long drawn off-road bikers. Morrow said motorbikes don't need licences for off-road riding, and even those who wear helmets often don't wear proper protective headgear. "A lot of bikers wear 'beanie helmets,' which really offer very little protection," said Morrow. "They have tags that say, 'For Novelty Use Only.'"
The driver and passenger on board the other motorbike were uninjured in the crash, which occurred near the entrance to Stokes Pit on 28th Avenue near 192nd Street. Emergency crews were called to the scene about 6:10 p.m. Sunday. The Surrey RCMP collision-investigations unit and the B.C. Coroner's Service are both probing the accident. The victim's name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. firstname.lastname@example.org
© The Vancouver Province 2007