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."
I think it was because they can grow into huge, broadleaf, dard green plants that are difficult to eradicate. It may have been because the sugar company was convenient for the seeds. I do remember that stadium having some really dark green spots where they couldn't remove the plants. They ended up re-turfing. Oops.
"A mature sugar beet measures up to a foot long, weighs three to five pounds and can produce about five ounces of sugar. Roughly 18 percent of the beet is pure sugar." said Michigan Sugar manager of communications Mitch Reno. These beets, which grow from tiny seed to burly beet in just one growing season, can have tap roots as deep as ten feet in a dry year. Mahar added, although typically they stay in the four-to five-foot range.
"Michigan is a wonderful, reliable place to grow sugar beets," Mahar said, thanks to its overall weather and particularly autumns sunny days and cold nights. "When its cooling down at night the sugar drops from the foliage into the beet plant. The sugar beet pretty much can handle all problems of nature - drought or damp. In the early part of the century black-root disease and blight were common out west," he said. But Michigan is a fairly disease-resistant state. "The bitter cold of January and February just sanitizes our soil." A more difficult time was in the late 1970s and early 1980s when soft-drink bottlers switched from sugar to high-fructose corn sweetener. "That cut down the sugar consumption in the United States," he said. "[When] all of a sudden somebody comes out with this other kind of sweetener and takes away Coca-Cola, youve lost a pretty good-sized customer."
The sugarbeet plant is a root crop which grows underground. When fully grown, a sugarbeet weighs two to five pounds and produces about three teaspoons of sugar. Michigan sugar beet farmers harvested 130,000 acres of crop in 1996, ranking Michigan 5th in the nation in sugar beet production. Michigan's Saginaw Valley and Thumb area, along with the southeast corner of the state, produces more than 90% of the sugar beets grown east of the Mississippi River. The high quality sugar is a result of growers and companies working closely together to ensure that each crop of sugar beets uses the "best management practices", resulting in a healthy product at harvest.
Mention the word sugar, and many people think of what one adds to coffee (white sugar, sucrose). Other types of sugar include confectioners sugar - a combination of table sugar and corn starch - and maple sugar, a sucrose that is contracted from the sap of a maple tree.
Not all sugar beets are processed into sugar, however. Beet pulp is used as cattle feed and dog food. Molasses, a byproduct of processing, is used to make citric acid, vinegar, yeast and antibiotics.
Michigan is a major grower/producer of sugar beets. ("B" is the seed.)
Saturday June 17, 2000
Tree-Cutting Prank Takes Life Of Motorcyclist GRANVILLE COUNTY (WRAL) -- Someone is deliberately cutting down tree branches and laying them on roadways across Granville County. The incidents have resulted in three wrecks and the death of one motorcyclist. Pete Hicks was thrown 75 feet when his motorcycle hit a tree that was stretched across Mumms Road 12 a.m. Saturday. Friends describe Hicks as a man who loved his family and his Harleys. "He was a hardworking, everyday type of guy that provided real well for his family, his children," says Hicks' friend David Kennedy. The 18-inch tree trunk was deliberately cut so it fell across the road. Another driver swerved to avoid the tree moments before Hicks slammed into it. Alvin Hobgood called 911 from his house about a quarter of a mile away from the accident. He says he was stunned when he learned the incident was no accident. "You just go around asking yourself why, trying to reason why this would happen and why it was done," Hobgood says. Minutes earlier on Highway 50, a car slammed head-on into a tree in the road. Another tree was cut on Old Weaver Trail in Durham County, but it did not fall across the road. Both trees were cut in the same fashion as the tree in Granville County. Hicks' family and friends find it hard to comprehend why anyone would set a deadly prank. They say they want the suspects caught. "If they think this is fun, maybe someone needs to strap them on a Harley and put a tree across the road and let them go across," Kennedy says. Hicks would have celebrated his 40th birthday on Saturday. Hicks' family and friends have put together a $7,500 reward for anyone that has any information about the crime. Investigators say that since the prank was so premediated and deliberate, a murder charge could be possible.
This guy was my friend..
"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?"
Not being amused by someone's motorcycle does not give anyone the right to harm that motorcyclist. I'm amazed that you are trying to justify this.
I know what you mean.
I used to live on a canal house on davis island in tampa florida.
We had a christ craft cabin cruiser and it had a 327 chevy engine.
Well the intake manifolds didn't work too well on it and we'd blow an engine every once in a while.
So my brother and I usually had an extra engine in some
point of rebuilding.
Once complete we'd chain it to a couple of pillars on the patio and using an electrical fuel pump we'd use a half Gallon of gas and run it on the back porch without any EXHAUST MANIFOLD.
mAN WAS IT LOUD.
gREAT FOR THE FOURTH OF JULY OR New years.
Are you sure you guys weren't blowing motors because of burnt exhaust valves? :(
Man, that's just wrong. Sorry about your friend. Yes, there are some a-holes who get off on screwing with motorcyclists, especially in traffic. All I'll say is that if anyone effs with me or my buds in traffic, they'd better kill us.
In my younger and more stupid days a friend of mine and myself had Honda XL250R dual-purpose bikes while were stationed in MS. We rode those darn things EVERYWHERE!
One day a couple in a car cut us off and ran us off into a field and laughed about it. Big mistake! We brushed ourselves off, fired up the bikes and chased them down. We (here comes the stupid part) kicked the sh!t out of their car travelling down the road at 60+. They could have run us off the road again and really hurt us. That was a case of too much youth, testosterone, beer, stupidity and adrenalin at the same time. I realize were were terribly wrong, but sometimes I still laugh about it.
Either I am naive or just ignorant (possible in this case), but a 1/4 stick of WHAT?
You probably would have ended up being charged with aggravated assault or attempted murder.
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Where did the article say "Harley?" I doubt your average 22 year old bartender could afford such a ride.
Attempted homicide or murder charges sound good here.
When these a$$holes go to jail send them to a jail with a lot of big old Hell's Angels and let the Hell Angel's whose coming to the party.
Try 500 pounds of manure next time. That should keep 'em occupied!
He should have worn a closed face helmet.
I used to think it was'nt dangerous. Beware the wrath of females.
Harley Sportsters are dirt cheap and can be very loud... I have Screaming Eagle pipes on mine and I used to reguarly set off car alarms in Laguna Beach. I don't know what he was riding, but a Harley isn't out of reach for a bartender.
Plastic wrap- Saran wrap- and the like comes in rolls of 200+ feet at the local grocery store. Some of the Restaurant supply stores sell larger rolls. Even if you take 3 or 4 rolls to run it from one side of the street to the other, it will stick to itself. I have used Saran wrap to wrap unusual shaped items when I have moved. Wrapped dining room chairs to protect the backs and seats. Wrapped the silverware dividers in the kitchen drawers and in my desk drawers. Tape with wide tape. Get to other end, cut with sissors, and put back into desk, etc. No muss, no fuss, and nothing spilled out. Cheap and easy, also.
No matter what, I feel it is attempted murder. Not funny.
Yeah ... I forgot about the Sportster.
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Jeeeze what morons !
I got mine when I first started riding; good starter "chick" bike. :-)
These people are driving great big bikes that say "Harley-Davidson" on them, whether the bikes were intended for off-road use or not.
2. You will be caught.
If I were actually planning to do this I certainly would not be posting on an Internet forum with hundreds of thousands of readers. My original post was a way of expressing frustration that these people were bringing big motorcycles into a posted nature preserve and running people off the paths, and the cops can do nothing since it's in an off-road area. But it's seldom that I actually take the law into my own hands.
3. You will be charged with attempted murder.
Goodness, I thought they would just be harmlessly knocked off their bikes by the plastic, not hurt or killed. They aren't going fast. See how ignorant I am about motorcycles. Thank you for the advice.
I'm presuming dynamite.
A quarter stick is small enough to be a hell of a big "firecracker" instead of a demolotion device (barely).
Well, gee. Where do I start?
First off, I'm not a sir, I'm a ma'am. So I don't think any lack or, ummmm, shortage I have is relevant.
Second, the bike came with those pipes. I don't happen to like them, myself.
Third, it wasn't a residential area, it was Pacific Coast Highway through downtown.
So... did I cover everything, or do you have some more insulting comments to make?
That pretty much covers it.
NO, the intake from under the boat was a lousy design, and they used iron manifolds wiich caused massive corrosion.
Chirs Craft made very poor salt water boats back then.
We didn't run them long, but they sure were fun at a party.
For an old fogie, what is the Meatloaf paraphrase?
So it would appear. ;0)
Thanks for the heads-up. I wonder if Ape Hangers would be a good defense against the Neck Wire?
Looks like he was wearing a helmet. Good for him. Probably saved his life.
I'd say yes. And as a bonus they'd keep your pits aired out....
I dunno. That nerf mark above his left eye tells me he either wasn't wearing one, or it slid waaaaay up during the accident.
This entire thread is out of control!!
Yea. Definitely yea.
Not only that, put performance pipes with baffles with outperform straight pipes. You need some reversion, even if it's just a set of power cones on the end.
I don't believe it for a moment. Even without looking, I'll tell you those are dirt bikes, not Harley's.
Looks like the helmet did ride up a bit. Note the largely symetrical bruises above the eyes, as if this is where the pads of the open-faced helmet were pushed into the flesh. The strange marks across the cheek is probably from the creases in the plastic where he hit it, but his scalp is largely clear. But the real clue is the bruising on the chin, as the plastic wrap tried to pull the helmet off his head, the chin cup was forced up, leaving a characteristic mark. On the left side of his jawline you can even see the outline of the strap.
I would have responded with 50 pounds of sugar beet seeds in his nicely manicured lawn.
After a particularly nasty "prank" that cost several hundred dollars to repair, I once responded with writing nasty things in the culprit's lawn with about 10 pounds of well oiled sodium, shortly before it rained.
Thank goodness the statute of limitations expired on that one many years ago.
Actually, that's what we did at the stadium. We poured the seeds in the shape of our school initials. Those poor souls didn't realize it until the following fall.
One other particularly nasty trick is (just before a moderate rainfall) pour a few bags of cement on a lawn in the shape you want. Let the rain do the rest of the work.
100% on the money!! (and I found something to talk about!!)
V-twins valve geometry have a minimal % of overlap where both valves are open. Straight pipes and over baffled pipes fail the basic designs by not allowing the exhaust gases room to create a vacuum from that overlap which pulls more air into the chamber thus making a bigger boom in the chamber giving you more HP.
That extended valve opening works with the same principal as an automatic pistol chambering a round works, thru spent gases.
A 2into1 or even a false 2into1 creates that suction.
Me - I have a set of hooker exhaust on stock pipes with adjustable baffles. Left side closed all the way, right side open - false 2into1. Give me that throaty low rumble, except when I nail it and blue flame shoots out, front wheel jumps off the ground and everybody takes pictures while I ride a full dress wheelie through 2nd gear!!!
(gotta rejet and retime, oh did I mention the 110 octane race fuel available at the local Sunoco??)
Next time perhaps he'll wear a full-face helmet. Looks like he used to have a pretty good-looking face.
I expect he will again. Doesn't look like he broke anything, nose, jaw, cheek bones, etc., no bad lacerations, any scars he gets will probably just add character to his face.
Sometimes it's GOOD to be a guy...