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News of highway death a sobering reminder

Posted: June 1, 2012 - 9:36am  |  Updated: June 7, 2012 - 2:51pm

A 23-year-old man's life was stolen from him Wednesday.

Jaramiah Hundley's motorcycle collided with a vehicle that turned in front of him on the Sterling Highway.

This accident could have been prevented. In fact, most of the accidents that have been killing our neighbors on local highways -- 20 people last year and now four so far by our count -- could have been prevented. Last year was the deadliest in recent memory for motorcyclists.

So, just how many highway deaths will it take before motorists slow down? Before they use caution? Before they remove distractions from the vehicle?

Hundley's death should be the last on our highways during this busy summer, but unfortunately, we suspect it will not be. Saving lives starts with you.

Every time you get behind the wheel venturing in, out or around our community take a minute to consider what's at stake. Is your life or someone else's worth speeding, driving while distracted or not taking two seconds for another look?

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northernlights 06/04/12 - 12:00 pm
Careless drivers

Today is Monday, and after reading this article I felt compelled to write. I am so angry at rude drivers. The ones who pass on corners, pass several cars all at once, those speeding so they can get thier first, will never care. The sad thing is, the only time they will change is if they get into an accident or decide to grow up. On the sterling Hwy, right past Tote rd, there was an almost head on accident, because the idiot driver felt the need to speed and take chances. If we had not pulled off into the ditch we would of been killed. It happend so fast so there was no time to get his license plate, I did see that he was a young man. Many of these deaths could of been prevented, almost all of them, I would say, but you can tell an idiot to abide by the law and drive with caution. When this happens, it reminds me of abusers, we are all aware of preventing abuse, saving children from destructive parents and so on, abuse continues because just like the foolish drivers, they don't care. Speaking of abuse, seriously all I could think of is if I could find this driver I would punch his lights out for the near fatal crash he could of caused.

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Drives alot 06/04/12 - 01:09 pm
"Last year was the deadliest

"Last year was the deadliest in recent memory for motorcyclists."

Please remember, as motorcyclists, several things that will help us help you stay alive.

You are hard to see. Do all you can to be visible to the rest of us. Don't put all the responsibility for your being seen on us.

You are quick and fast. Your approach to other vehicles is outside of our common experience with approaching cars. Distances traveled over time by you are hard to judge. Just because you can be quick and fast in a controlled manner doesn't make it safe when others are considered.

Bikers often take advantage of their higher maneuverability and agility is respect to other vehicles and traffic conditions leading to compromised safety. You are not as visible and move at different speeds than what we are used to seeing.

Some bikers are just pushing the envelope by tailgating and passing when they feel they can do so because of their maneuverability, speed and agility. Again, you are difficult to see and, although you may be safely in control and inside the envelope of your equipment, our responses are conditioned on our experience with larger vehicles. Think like us.

No disrespect intended to anybody riding a bike. And certainly, as drivers of bigger vehicles we have a huge responsibility to all of the people we share the road with...and not all of us do a good job at it.

Somebody once told me that to insist on the right of way is to drive a car with dented fenders. Motorcyclists ARE the fenders on their bikes. You have the right, and by all means enjoy the freedom, but don't assume that I can bear all of the responsibility for your safety.

drarthur25 07/07/13 - 11:45 pm
If the motorcyclist was

If the motorcyclist was within the speed limit as measured by his breaking distance & this vehicle turned in front of the motorcyclist not allowing him sufficient time to break then the vehicle should be charged with failure to yield & in this case vehicular homicide. As far as I know there were no drugs or alcohol involved in this accident. I think its very common for larger vehicles to not 'see' motorcyclists because of their larger blind spot & not taking the time to be extra careful but this doesn't excuse the death. If the driver of the vehicle had normal hearing & had looked to make sure he had the right of way this accident would never have happened. To often driver's of larger vehicles take undue advantage of smaller vehicles & motorcycles which present no threat to a much larger one. To many motorcycle deaths & injuries on Sterling?? Why? RMR

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