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BronzeDragon
07-08-2009, 09:34 AM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09189/982482-100.stm?cmpid=latest.xml


Motorcyclist killed in Westmoreland County
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
By Sadie Gurman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A motorcyclist was killed in a crash in Westmoreland County last night.

The crash happened in Washington Township at 10:07 p.m., dispatchers said, shutting down traffic in the westbound lanes of Route 380 at North Washington Road.

John Byrne, 49, of Apollo, lost control of his motorcyclist and crashed into a construction sign.

He died at the scene.

Just moments before that crash, another motorcyclist was injured in a crash elsewhere in Westmoreland County. Harold Heady Jr., 40, was traveling south on Route 906 at 10:01 a.m. in Rostraver when he attempted to pass a vehicle. When he saw a car approaching in the northbound lane, he tried to move back into the southbound lane but clipped the front of the car, Rostraver police said. He was thrown from the bike and had head injuries. He was flown to Allegheny General Hospital.

It appears from this other article, that a deer may have been involved in the fatal accident.

http://kdka.com/local/Motorcycle.deer.accident.2.1076310.html


Crash Involving Deer Kills Local Motorcyclist
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP (KDKA) ―
Police are at the scene of a fatal accident involving a motorcyclist and a deer.

It happened on Route 380 in Washington Township at about 10 p.m.

The road is shut down on the westbound side of Route 380 at North Washington Road.


And this one from Monday...


Motorcyclist killed in McKeesport crash is identified
Monday, July 06, 2009
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Darrell Sapp/Post-Gazette
A motorcycle rider was killed in a collision with a vehicle this morning in McKeesport.

The accident was reported around 6:30 a.m. at the intersection of East Fifth Avenue and Hartman Street.

The motorcycle rider, Jason Cavanaugh, 31, of West Mifflin man, was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:35 a.m., the Allegheny County medical examiner said. His name had not been released earlier until notification of relatives.

It was not immediately known whether anyone in the vehicle was injured in the crash.

McKeesport police and Allegheny County homicide detectives are investigating.

Please be careful out there folks.

NoCo Gal
07-08-2009, 09:40 AM
Yeah, it seems like every day around here we hear of a motorcycle crash of some sort. Most of them happen after midnight though.

code
07-08-2009, 09:50 AM
Yeah, it seems like every day around here we hear of a motorcycle crash of some sort. Most of them happen after midnight though.

More people are riding then there use to be due to the gas prices and the damn economy..it's just cheaper all around to commute or get somewhere. So with that said, you're going to hear about more accidents. There are a zillion car accidents here in the baltimore area on a daily basis.. I don't let that deter me from driving or riding my bike. More people are on the roads, so you're going to have more accidents occurring and hear about them just as often as car accidents anymore. That said, just be more aware while you're out there with the fuzzy woodland creatures dodging grandma sunday drivers and soccer moms with their morning mochas while yuppy dude surfs the web and texts people on his iphone. We've gotta be one of the most stressed out go go go lifestyles in the world to have so much to do while taking a ride to work..lol

WoodstockJeff
07-08-2009, 10:30 AM
If the quote is directly from their article, their reporter has a distorted view of time...


The crash happened in Washington Township at 10:07 p.m., ...

Just moments before ... at 10:01 a.m. ...

This seems like the perfect opportunity to discuss a strategy promoted by police in the U.K. on passing - that is, do NOT begin your acceleration until AFTER you have moved into the passing lane and HAD A SECOND LOOK. Downshift, of course. Get ready to accelerate hard, yes, but do not commit to the pass until you have taken advantage of the better view you will have from the passing lane. If the pass isn't safe, you still have the option of pulling back into your lane, no harm, no foul. If it is safe, you can take advantage of the (usually) good acceleration of the bike to complete the pass.

To do otherwise invites the kind of crash that injured the second rider, when he clipped the car being passed when he found it wasn't safe to do so...

Bugguts
07-08-2009, 11:30 AM
If the quote is directly from their article, their reporter has a distorted view of time...



This seems like the perfect opportunity to discuss a strategy promoted by police in the U.K. on passing - that is, do NOT begin your acceleration until AFTER you have moved into the passing lane and HAD A SECOND LOOK. Downshift, of course. Get ready to accelerate hard, yes, but do not commit to the pass until you have taken advantage of the better view you will have from the passing lane. If the pass isn't safe, you still have the option of pulling back into your lane, no harm, no foul. If it is safe, you can take advantage of the (usually) good acceleration of the bike to complete the pass.

To do otherwise invites the kind of crash that injured the second rider, when he clipped the car being passed when he found it wasn't safe to do so...

That's good advice.