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7/5     "Motorcyclist crashes in helmet law protest, dies"
        http://www.csua.org/u/tqr (news.yahoo.com)
        How ironic.  He got what he fought for.
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Reuters By Barbara Goldberg | Reuters - Mon, Jul 4, 2011 NEW YORK (Reuters) - A bare-headed motorcyclist riding in protest of New York state's helmet law crashed, struck his head on the roadway and died from his injuries, state police said on Sunday. Philip Contos, 55, was riding among a large group of motorcyclists staging an organized protest ride in western New York near Syracuse against the state law requiring all motorcyclists to wear helmets. The Parish, New York, resident crashed on Saturday on Route 11 in Onondaga, New York, and was pronounced dead later at a local hospital, state Trooper Robert Jureller said. "The doctor felt that the death could have been prevented if he simply had been wearing a helmet," Jureller said. "He hit the brakes, lost control, was ejected and struck his head on the road. Full Story NY motorcyclist dies protesting helmet laws AP via Yahoo! s=13704978&pt=storypage&t=2139822418&sec=MediaInfiniteBrowse&ret=a01 d2b63-998d-5f70-9ec4-fe4f6dd2b67e%3A4ac91a64-ff65-3618-bbd6-ede948fd0c0 2%3A6cccbc22-8555-5801-befe-befc85a6870c%3A9c0c3ce3-4bb0-36e2-9463-1f73 37e7c0d3&pstaid=d6703f6d-6f64-369c-8fa3-7f2f060f9313&csrcpvid=hE8uVEPDl DpEV7anJzfUvgAVRTfow04T_WwABcRb Today on Yahoo! Tomcotexas 9 hours ago Fifty eight years riding, nearly 1/2 million miles, all kinds of conditions, many countries, most states, street and competition, many helmets, same old head. Gruntmedic 9 hours ago Just a note from a guy who has TRAUMA CENTER & PARAMEDIC experience- If you crash & die, that's fine, your choice if you want to leave your loved ones mourning, I don't care. They linger in comas in the ICU for months, maybe they get shipped to "skilled" nursing facilities where they live the rest of their "lives" drooling on themselves with 90 year old dementia patients til they finally die of pneumonia or infection related to a bedsore. Who pays for the trips to the hospital, daily diaper changes & around the clock care? Those of us who are still able to work & pay for insurance & taxes. I'm not into the government telling folks how to live, some yay-hoo putting this expense on me so he can feel the wind blow through his hair isn't acceptable to me either. MichaelW 3 hours ago Those who cry "government oppression" about helmets forget that government oppression makes people drive on the right side of the road, stop at red lights, and drive only when sober. If you don't want to live in a nanny state, go ahead and disregard those, too. You'll be surprised at how much less freedom you'll have in jail or a wheelchair. Jason Yesterday The trouble is that people want the freedom to be stupid - but then 1) they want free healthcare when they injure themselves being stupid 2) they sue the town, state, ems, police, and people who just happened to be standing on the sidewalk minding their own business after they injure themselves being stupid - SO you either make laws stopping people from being stupid or you pay the "stupid tax" to cover all the expenses and lawsuits. observing the obvious 9 hours ago I live in Florida where helmets aren't required, but I always wear one. Hitting yourself in the head with a hammer isn't against the law, but I don't do that either.
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