July 03, 2011
Learning the Hard Way

From the Syracuse Post Standard:

Town of Onondaga, NY – A Parish man who was participating in a motorcycle helmet protest ride was killed this afternoon when he went over the handlebars of his motorcycle and injured his head on the pavement, state police said.

Philip A. Contos, 55, of 45 East St., Parish, was not wearing a helmet while driving a 1983 Harley Davidson motorcycle south on Route 11 in Onondaga with a large group of other motorcyclists, troopers said.

About 1:30 p.m., troopers said, Contos hit his brakes, the motorcycle fishtailed and went out of control and Contos went over the handlebars. Contos was taken to Upstate University Hospital where he was pronounced dead, troopers said.

Evidence at the scene and information from the attending physician indicate Contos would have survived if he had been wearing a Department of Transportation approved helmet, troopers said.

The protest in which Contos was riding was organized by American Bikers Aimed Towards Education, Trooper Jack Keller said.

It would be interesting to know if any of the other cyclists were educated by their comrade’s death. I’m guessing not.

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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at July 03, 2011 04:03 PM
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I doubt it too.

Posted by: One Fly on July 3, 2011 7:53 PM

As a semi-libertarian, I'm with stupid. The right to commit suicide should not be denied.

Posted by: Nugatory on July 4, 2011 9:59 AM
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