Skip to comments.Plastic Wrap Barrier Causes Motorcycle Crash
Posted on 07/19/2004 9:01:53 AM PDT by BluegrassScholar
Town of Waukesha - Motorcyclist Daniel Buckel was within 10 feet when he saw the potential disaster stretched across a dark and foggy rural road just ahead.
Disbelief turned to fear, then anger, as Buckel's 2-year-old motorcycle hit a barrier of kitchen-variety plastic wrap that was wound thickly from traffic pole to traffic pole on opposite sides of Guthrie Road, south of Highway I.
The clear plastic trap, which was 3 to 4 feet above the two-lane road south of Waukesha, sent both Buckel and his passenger, girlfriend Theresa Brzykcy, into a bloody slide across the asphalt.
"It's appalling, and it's really frightening," Brzykcy said. "What was their intention? This should make people more aware that pranks like that are not as harmless as they seem.
"They had done a pretty thorough job. It was wrapped around pretty thickly," she recalled.
The malicious prank has Waukesha County sheriff's investigators concerned because other capers involving plastic wrap occurred in the town last year, although none was as serious as the motorcycle crash early Tuesday, Sheriff's Detective Steve Pederson said Friday.
Investigators were planning to canvass homes near the crash site this weekend, looking for information that will lead to a break in the case.
"When something like this happens someone always brags about it," Pederson said. "If anyone has heard anything about this or any other incident involving (plastic) wrap, contact us.
"Maybe someone had seen this happen or removed (plastic) wrap from other areas," he said. "We'd like to know about it."
Last year, a number of parked cars were found bound in plastic wrap to prevent drivers from getting inside the vehicles, Pederson said. Plastic wrap bonds together, giving it strength and making it difficult to remove.
Pederson said investigators were unaware of other incidents of wrap being stretched across a road.
The couple's injuries sent both to Waukesha Memorial Hospital. Buckel, 22, of the Town of Waukesha, required 15 stitches to close a deep gash above his right eye and also broke a finger. Brzykcy, 19, of Brookfield, got a deep cut and bruise to her right cheek along with other scrapes and bruises. The motorcycle was a total loss, Buckel said.
The 1 a.m. ride was supposed to be a short one meant to relax the couple, who have known each other for more than a year. He had just left his bartending job, and she was waiting for him at his family home. Earlier she had taken his mother to a medical appointment.
Buckel said he was driving 5 mph under the 45 mph speed limit because the motorcycle headlight had shone on deer along the road and there was a slight haze from ground fog in the low-lying area.
"I didn't see it," Brzykcy said of the barrier. "He braked so hard I figured it was a deer. My first hit was on him, which totally saved me. Then, I landed on my head (on the road). Everything went white and yellow and red, and I blacked out for a while. I woke up on my back, laying in a driveway."
Buckel, fueled by anger and concern for Brzykcy, fought off his own pain and called 911 on his cell phone, he said. Among the first emergency personnel to arrive was Beckel's best friend, Scott Sommers, a member of the Town of Waukesha Fire Department.
"I ran over to my girlfriend and looked around to see if the pranksters were still around," Buckel said. "I didn't see anyone. When my friend arrived, it made things a lot easier to cope with."
Yeah they do... But, at the same time, to paraphrase Meatloaf: All wrapped up, and no place to go...
I read this earlier, and I was immediately transported back to my childhood, when a neighbor strung barbed wire across our bike path.
We did the plastic wrap over the toilet bowl trick in college. Just as messy, but not dangerous.
And the same paraphrase from Meatloaf applies in that case, too. ;0)
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I have friends who did this between the front porch posts at my house when I was out of town on night. They poured pancake syrup over the wrap and put a flashlight behind it to attract bugs.
By the time I got there at 2:00am the light had burned out and I partially walked into the mess...sensed it at the last moment in the dark.
I reponded with 5 lbs of pinto beans on the main culprit's nicely manicured lawn.
I would have responded with 50 pounds of sugar beet seeds in his nicely manicured lawn.
I'll have to remember that one next time.
Let me just guess here:
Harley with open pipes, he regularly takes these 1 AM rides;
Maybe one of his neighbors is not so amused?
I've been riding for years and your story reminds me of a punk-ass neighbor of mine putting branches across a dirt track that I built in the woods beside my house once. I was riding an XR350R at the time (hardly a loud bike) and came around a turn to the barrier. I stopped in time. I knew that the punk was in his backyard on top of the hill above me and I yelled at the top of my voice for him to "come down here and get some you ()@&%#". Never had a problem again.
If true, he's just like the pussy I mentioned in #11, deserving of an ass-whipping.
In college, we went to a sugar company, and told them we were doing an agricultural experiment. They GAVE us the seeds, and we took them to our rivals' stadium and planted them all over their football field. You should have seen it the following season.
Yeah, I've got a Harley with open drag pipes, try that with me and see what happens. I'll ride it whenever I want!
The author(s) of this little gem deserve a good ass-kicking as well!
So attempted murder is justified because the neighbor is bothered by some noise?
I had a similar problem though....about 10 years ago. Some dope who moved in next to me would come screaming up the hill in front of our house and pull into his driveway at closing hour each night. Any rational thinking human being would probably ride at a moderate speed and at least short shift the bike (HD with open pipes) at that hour. Well, after a few weeks of this, I'd wait until about 4 in the morning and throw a 1/4 stick out my upstairs window and have it land in his driveway next to his bedroom window. So every morning his wife and newborn would get a rude awakening. Fight fire with fire I always say. Within a week, the baffles went back into his straight pipes and he rode up the street at a slower speed and lower rpm. His wife was happier, and I could finally get some sleep.
As an owner of a bike shop (that sells loud pipes), I had to teach this moron that a little common sense can go a long way.
My town had kids riding motorcycles through back yards during one summer. Then one hit a wire used for hanging clothes and was decapitated. That stopped them pretty quickly.
Riding through a back yard is far different than riding down the street or in a public area on a bike trail. Anyone who would deliberately put a wire or saran wrap to inflict harm should be required to ride into it themselves.
THAT would end it quickly, too!