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Stunt motorcyclists blamed in serious accident
cnn ^ | 8-25-04

Posted on 08/25/2004 3:19:16 PM PDT by PinnedAndRecessed

ST. LOUIS, Missouri (AP) -- Authorities are searching for a pack of highway stunt motorcyclists blamed for a wreck that seriously hurt five people in a sport utility vehicle.

A handful of motorcyclists were on Highway 364 Saturday when they changed lanes and cut off a Ford Explorer, forcing that vehicle to swerve to the right and hit a Chevrolet Suburban.

The Suburban tumbled down an embankment, ejecting most of its eight occupants. Five people in that vehicle were seriously injured; the other three sustained lesser harm. Only one was wearing a seat belt.

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By some accounts, a chase vehicle was filming the motorcyclists.

Witnesses said the motorcyclists were "riding wheelies, showing off, doing stunts," with another vehicle following them, Patrol Cpl. Jeff Myers said. He called the antics "total disregard for the safety of others."

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KEYWORDS: motorcycles
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1 posted on 08/25/2004 3:19:16 PM PDT by PinnedAndRecessed
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To: PinnedAndRecessed
Really stupid. . .but of course; with two SUV's involved there can be no question as to whose fault this should be.

"Five people in that vehicle were seriously injured; the other three sustained lesser harm. Only one was wearing a seat belt":

Wondering which classification the one wearing the 'seat belt' falls into...

2 posted on 08/25/2004 3:23:11 PM PDT by cricket (Don't Lose Your Head. . .Vote Republican)
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To: PinnedAndRecessed; martin_fierro

Hooligan Ping . . .


3 posted on 08/25/2004 3:26:21 PM PDT by BraveMan
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To: PinnedAndRecessed
"cut off a Ford Explorer, forcing that vehicle to swerve to the right"

I am a big bike fan but some fool cuts in front of me and it's either me and my family or the moron on the bike, the biker gets my bumper up his sphincter.
4 posted on 08/25/2004 3:27:01 PM PDT by GunnyHartman (Islam + Dubya = Waslam)
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To: GunnyHartman

good point, but isnt it true that if you do that you'll probably kill the guy on the bike and wind up in jail?


5 posted on 08/25/2004 3:29:40 PM PDT by KOZ. (i'm so bad i should be in detention)
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To: GunnyHartman
Being a bike lover... I hate these ding-dongs.

If these guys want to fly, go get a pilot's license.
6 posted on 08/25/2004 3:33:28 PM PDT by ricer1
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To: KOZ.
good point, but isnt it true that if you do that you'll probably kill the guy on the bike and wind up in jail?

Probably not. Most people do not consider bikers as people. We are viewed as a little crazy to begin with and if there is a problem, it is our fault. If you don't believe it, read the article again. It appears their behavior, i.e. wheelies, has nothing to do with the accident itself. Trust me, if you are on a motorcycle, the last thing you want to do is play chicken with a car. You loose.

7 posted on 08/25/2004 3:35:44 PM PDT by killjoy (Rockin' like Janet Reno)
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To: killjoy

just ask Bill "phantom car" Janklow...


8 posted on 08/25/2004 3:39:00 PM PDT by Rakkasan1 (Justice of the piece)
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To: PinnedAndRecessed

was Kerry nearby acting youthful and sporting...?

WHITE HOUSE SLAMS KERRY 'STUNT'
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1199477/posts


9 posted on 08/25/2004 3:44:07 PM PDT by Rakkasan1 (Justice of the piece)
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To: killjoy
It appears their behavior, i.e. wheelies, has nothing to do with the accident itself.

You're kidding, right?

A handful of motorcyclists were on Highway 364 Saturday when they changed lanes and cut off a Ford Explorer, forcing that vehicle to swerve to the right and hit a Chevrolet Suburban.

10 posted on 08/25/2004 3:46:31 PM PDT by thecabal ("For all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!" --Aragorn)
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To: PinnedAndRecessed

"A handful of motorcyclists were on Highway 364 Saturday when they changed lanes and cut off a Ford Explorer, forcing that vehicle to swerve to the right and hit a Chevrolet Suburban."

You know, something about this story doesn`t make sense. I have never seen a motorcycle cut off a car/truck before. You would have to have bowling balls between your legs to do something that stupid.

If you are on a motorcycle, you know you will always lose a battle with a car, even more with a big SUV or a truck. You also tend to be more aware of your surroundings on a motorcycle than in a car/truck.

My bet is the idiot "stunt" bikers scared the crap out of the driver and he/she swerved away and hit the other vehicle. Then told police he/she was cutoff by the group.

Not saying the motorcyclist are guilt free, but something about this story isn`t adding up with me.


11 posted on 08/25/2004 3:49:51 PM PDT by Peace will be here soon (Congrats Springboks ! 2004 Tri-Nation champs.)
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To: thecabal
You're kidding, right?

I ment their behavior as it relates to stunt riding. Changing lanes has nothing to do whether you are on one wheel or two (or four).

12 posted on 08/25/2004 3:51:03 PM PDT by killjoy (Rockin' like Janet Reno)
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To: Peace will be here soon
My bet is the idiot "stunt" bikers scared the crap out of the driver and he/she swerved away and hit the other vehicle. Then told police he/she was cutoff by the group.

Agree 100%. A group of us got stopped by Florida Highway Patrol a few months ago for speeding. The officer (read a**hole) stated that the reason he was giving us speeding tickets was in large part because we 'terrorize old people'.

13 posted on 08/25/2004 3:55:03 PM PDT by killjoy (Rockin' like Janet Reno)
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14 posted on 08/25/2004 3:59:46 PM PDT by martin_fierro (_____oooo_( )_oooo_____)
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To: killjoy

Yeah but you guys play chicken with cars all the time. Just don't try stunts in front of N.J. Acura TLs; it might be me.


15 posted on 08/25/2004 4:14:51 PM PDT by RossA
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To: PinnedAndRecessed
These guys are from St Louis:
(click on image)


16 posted on 08/25/2004 4:15:26 PM PDT by Sender (I didn't leave cookays. I left him cheeese.)
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To: RossA

My last example was in Italy - fairly recently. I was driving at curising speed on the Autostrade (about 130 kms/hr) in the left hand lane and a motorcycle whizzed by me on the left - in the 18" or so between my car and the guard rail. Now his friend, stuck behind me, has to pull the same idiotic stunt or lose "prestige." I was watching him closely and, as he tried it, I steered 6" to the left - just to see the look on his face. What a panic! I'll bet his pants were yellow as he let him by.


17 posted on 08/25/2004 4:19:11 PM PDT by RossA
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To: RossA
I was watching him closely and, as he tried it, I steered 6" to the left - just to see the look on his face

Why not just steer 6" to the right and let him go by? Nothing like attempting murder just to have some fun...

18 posted on 08/25/2004 4:21:58 PM PDT by killjoy (Rockin' like Janet Reno)
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To: martin_fierro
Sometimes, authorities said, packs of 10 or 15 sport motorcyclists have raced on Phoenix-area highways, terrifying other motorists. Often, one officer lamented, "their kick is to find cops, race by them, give them the middle finger salute or wave at the officer. They are out of sight in the blink of an eye."

And I'm happy to report, their first mistake hopefully and usually is their last.

oh, and a Brain Bucket isn't neccessary. First requirement is "A Brain".

Yesterday on I-95, in a pretty heavy downpour, there was this bozo on a dirtbike, geared up with a kevlar suit & boots doing 80 with his hand on his face shielding him from the rain pain because he had kevlar, but no helmet. 10 miles down the road, he's 3 feet behind a tractor trailer @65mph again hiding from the rain. He finally pulled over under a bridge. I thought about pulling up behind him, gettin' out an smackin' him in the head for being a jerk, but I was in my pickemup and didn't want to ruin a good day.

Besides, never attack someone wearing armour. Especially for no reason except self-gratification.

19 posted on 08/25/2004 4:30:37 PM PDT by JoeSixPack1 (Kerry couldn't have gone to Sears in Cambodia Christmas day! They were closed!)
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To: RossA

So to counter-act his stupidity you thought it was your job to invoke your stupidity. Sounds resonable to me. /sarcasm


20 posted on 08/25/2004 4:32:23 PM PDT by scab4faa (Save Private Hamster! F'ing Kerry.)
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