Archive for Motorcycles in the News – Page 3

National mandatory motorcycle helmet law

“It looks like the United States Senate is opening up the debate regarding a National Mandatory Motorcycle Helmet Law again. A recent press release and alert from the Motorcycle Riders Foundation states:

“The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) has learned that, in a hearing held this week by the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) repeatedly called for a national mandatory helmet law. The hearing, entitled “Opportunities to Improve Highway Safety,” focused on areas that need improvement when it comes to the landscape of highway injuries and fatalities.

In his opening statement, Lautenberg said that there should be a mandatory motorcycle helmet law for all riders in America. This is typical for the 86-year-old senator. He has routinely attempted to put a federal mandatory helmet law in place before. Lautenberg currently chairs or sits on every single senate committee that has jurisdiction over roads and road safety.

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Driver in Fatal Phoenix Motorcycle Crash Booked

by Michael Ferraresi – Apr. 6, 2010 06:49 PM
The Arizona Republic

Phoenix police arrested a 46-year-old man on suspicion of driving under the influence of methamphetamine in the March 25 wreck in which his dump truck rear-ended a group of motorcyclists at a red light, leaving four dead and others hospitalized.

Michael Jakscht walked silently from police headquarters Tuesday, his chin to his chest, as officers took him to be booked at Maricopa County Fourth Avenue Jail on four counts of manslaughter, five counts of aggravated assault and seven counts of endangerment

The collision at Carefree Highway and 27th Avenue prompted outcries from the Arizona motorcyclist community as biker groups and safety advocates called the police department for answers.

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on March 25, 2010-3 dead in north Phoenix motorcycle crash

At least three people died after a dump truck slammed into a group of motorcycles at 27th Drive and Carefree Highway in north Phoenix.

Eight motorcycles carrying at least nine people were stopped at a stop light when the large truck apparently hit them from behind, Phoenix police spokesman Luis Samudio said. Three bodies were pinned under the truck.

Tania Krukoff, an employee at a nearby Walgreen’s, said she was returning from a nearby gas station when she came upon the accident and talked to the driver of the truck.

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Task Force Uncovers Motorcycle Chop Shop 03/2010

DAYTONA BEACH — Hours after News 13 aired a story on a pair of stolen bikes recovered during Bike Week in Daytona Beach, investigators from the Motorcycle Task Force have uncovered an apparent chop shop operation targeting bikes.

Investigators, just like the two News 13 followed Tuesday, ran across another stolen motorcycle some time that day.

While working the case, it led them to a possible rolling chop shop operation in the area.

They believe the whole thing was run out of New York.

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Nursing Home Residents Form a Biker Gang

“I want to be the first one on the bike,” said 90-year-old Scheltes Lydia Scheltes woke up in her bed at Bethesda Retirement Center one morning with pinkish hair, a tattoo on her arm and a hangover.

Not a typical morning for the 90-year-old. “Seniors are more fun than you’ll ever know,” she said.

Scheltes wasn’t alone: Seven ladies and one dude – aged 65 to 97 – all had a similar hazy look in their eyes after they hung out with bikers at the Evil Olive bar in Wicker Park on Feb. 11. Some of them were still wearing their own biker gear. Bethesda’s residents usually spend their time knitting, quilting, or doing an activity typical of their age group, but they wanted something different for a change. They often drive past the Evil Olive during day trips and fantasized about what goes on inside. One day Elizabeth Barrett, 68, asked their Life Enrichment Director, Ruth Werstler, if they could check it out. “I did a little digging and found out it was a nightclub,” Werstler said. “But that didn’t deter them.  They still wanted to go.”

 In fact, Barrett upped the ante: She suggest going out as bikers. “It was all my idea,” Barrett says with a devious laugh. “We aren’t the regular type of nursing home.”  Werstler indulged her crew and reached out to various people who could help transform the retirement home crew into a boss biker gang.  She recruited hairstylists, make-up artists, a professional costumer and a tattoo artist from Artreach at Lillstreet to donate their time to make the ladies look fearsome. About 100 people showed up to the club, including members of the Latino American Motorcycle Association and Chicago’s Chapter of A.B.A.T.E. “These women were serious, man,” said Evil Olive General Manager Eric Bollard. “They showed up with pink hair and skull caps.

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Nail Polish Crash Update (01/20/2010)

The attorney for a woman accused of painting her nails when she was involved in a crash that killed a motorcyclist asked Wednesday that the reckless homicide charge against his client be thrown out. Jeffrey Tomczak argued the presentation of the case against Laura Hunt to a grand jury Sept. 16 was so flawed the state should be barred from prosecuting Hunt on any charges stemming from the crash.

On May 2, Anita Zaffke was seated on her motorcycle at a red light at Old McHenry Road and Route 12 near Lake Zurich when Hunt’s vehicle struck the motorcycle from behind and killed the 56-year-old Lake Zurich woman.  Hunt, 48, of Morris, was charged with reckless homicide after an extensive investigation revealed she was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs, but was polishing her fingernails at the time of the crash. During a hearing Wednesday before Lake County Circuit Judge Fred Foreman, Tomczak said prosecutor Michael Mermel improperly instructed the grand jury that charged Hunt with the crime that could send her to prison for up to five years.

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Activists Missing 01/07/2010

Johnstown, PA (GlossyNews) – Local and state police
scoured the hills outside rural Johnstown, Pennsylvania, after reports of three
animal rights activists going missing after attempting to protest the wearing
of leather at a large motorcycle gang rally this weekend. Two others,
previously reported missing, were discovered by fast food workers “duct taped
inside several fast food restaurant dumpsters,” according to police officials.

“Something just went wrong,” said a still visibly shaken organizer of the protest.
“Something just went horribly, horribly, wrong.”

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