published Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

Motorcyclist dies during protest against helmet laws

ONONDAGA, N.Y. — Police say a motorcyclist participating in a protest ride against helmet laws died after he flipped over the bike’s handlebars and hit his head on the pavement.

The accident happened Saturday afternoon in the town of Onondaga, in central New York near Syracuse.

State troopers tell The Post-Standard of Syracuse that 55-year-old Philip A. Contos of Parish, N.Y., was driving a 1983 Harley Davidson with a group of bikers who were protesting helmet laws by not wearing helmets.

Troopers say Contos hit his brakes and the motorcycle fishtailed. The bike spun out of control, and Contos toppled over the handlebars. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Troopers say Contos would have likely survived if he had been wearing a helmet.

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NorthChatter said...

A definite Darwin Award Nominee.

July 4, 2011 at 12:15 a.m.
LibDem said...

At 55, this guy has probably already reproduced. The DNA is out there. There will be more reports later.

July 4, 2011 at 12:41 p.m.
hambone said...

A Gary Bussey award to him!

July 4, 2011 at 1:39 p.m.
NoMyth said...

All motorcyclists should be required to pay into a fund to cover all of the medical costs, including lifelong therapy, for those motorcyclists injured in crashes. Also, motorcycle insurance and auto insurance premiums should be based on the distance traveled per year, e.g., if you drive 12,000 miles you should pay 12 times a person that drives 1,000 miles. Wake up America!

July 4, 2011 at 10:31 p.m.
Echo said...

There is no excuse to operate a motorcycle without a helmet, and to all of you motorcycle haters, with your head up your hemroided tailpipe with your cell phone and your rapture: Motorcyclists have as much right as you do to be on the road and they do not need to buy special insurance to be there, just like NoMyth does not need to buy special health insurance to cover the risk of having a diet of 100% cheeseburgers and using his backside for a glory hole in the First Baptist Church parking lot after services.

According to the most comprehensive motorcycle accident analysis ever undertaken, 75% of motor cycle accidents are multi-vehicle. Over 2/3rds of multi-vehicle motorcycle crashes are the car/truck drivers fault. This mean that almost one half of all total motorcycle accidents are the fault of another car or truck. ISN'T IS ODD THAT THAT FACT NEVER IS NEWSWORTHY? The other half is drunks like the H-D d-bag in this story, and kids who have been riding less that a year.

The next time you cut off a motorcycle on the highway, drift into their oncoming lane, turn left in front of them instead of yielding, pulling out in front of them, and you are seen on the phone, don't be surprised to get chased down by a motorcycle you cannot escape, dragged from your car at the next stop, and when that motorcyclist is asked why he just keeps hitting your face, he can reply - "I just didn't see him." This is the solution to prosecutors that refuse to correct attitudes like yours with a charge of vehicular assault. Don't look for a cop's sympathy either - most of them ride.

July 4, 2011 at 11:49 p.m.
Echo said...

Choke on my Johnson buddy. I didn't say it should be a law.

July 5, 2011 at 10:09 p.m.
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