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Black Cow on a Dark Road Has Deadly Results

Kansas motorcyclist dies in freak accident

(Newser) - A 59-year-old Kansas man was killed when the motorcycle he was driving Friday night collided with a black cow on a blacktopped road, reports KAKE . Kansas Highway Patrol trooper Brant Birney said there were no witnesses when James Zordel hit the cow on a paved rural road about six miles... More »

Motorcyclist Killed After Smashing Into Fridge

NJ cops trying to find who abandoned appliance on side of road

(Newser) - When winter turns to spring in New Jersey, there's always an uptick in the number of motorcycle crashes, with the two main reasons cited by state cops being "unsafe speed" and "driver inattention," notes. Further down the list is "road/environmental factor," which... More »

NFL Player Dies Following Dirt Bike Accident

The Ravens' Tray Walker suffered serious head injuries Thursday night

(Newser) - Tray Walker, the Baltimore Ravens cornerback who was injured in a motorcycle accident Thursday night in Miami, died from his injuries Friday—less than 24 hours after the accident, Yahoo! Sports reports. According to the Baltimore Sun , the 23-year-old suffered multiple serious head injuries when the dirt bike he was... More »

Bride Killed in Crash Minutes After Wedding

Newlyweds decided to drive motorcycle to reception

(Newser) - What should have been the happiest day of Jana Miles-Burnett's life turned out to be the last one. The 40-year-old emergency dispatcher married William Burnett in a park in Buckner, Ill., on Saturday evening and was killed in a motorcycle accident that happened within minutes of their nuptials, the... More »

'Spirit in the Sky' Singer Critically Injured

Motorcyclist killed in accident that injured Norman Greenbaum

(Newser) - The singer-songwriter behind the 1969 rock hit "Spirit in the Sky" was hospitalized yesterday after being critically injured in a Northern California car accident that killed a motorcyclist. Norman Greenbaum, 72, a longtime resident of Santa Rosa, was the passenger in a Subaru Outback that collided with a motorcycle... More »

Injured Biker Saved by ... Mike Tyson?

Boxer blocked traffic, soothed crash victim

(Newser) - A Las Vegas man injured in a motorcycle crash last week had to take a photo to make sure he wasn't hallucinating the person who came to his aid: Mike Tyson. Ryan Chesley tells TMZ that after a taxi cut him off on a freeway, sending him flying off... More »

State Trooper Stole From Dying Motorist

Crooked Conn. trooper pleads guilty, faces jail time

(Newser) - A Connecticut state trooper who stole cash from the pocket of a dying motorcyclist and took a crucifix he found in a pool of the man's blood has pleaded guilty and faces more than a year in jail. Aaron Huntsman, 45, was caught by his own dashboard camera and... More »

Man's Heart Moves to His Right Side, and Back

Motorcycle accident has 'unique' consequence

(Newser) - Talk about heart-wrenching: An Italian man’s heart rotated 90 degrees to the right after a motorcycle accident, placing it in the right side of his body in a case that’s understandably being described as "unique," LiveScience reports. The unidentified 48-year-old rider suffered punctured lungs, broken ribs,... More »

HGTV Host Bill Beckwith Dies in Motorcycle Accident

'Curb Appeal' co-host died in San Francisco Monday

(Newser) - The co-host of HGTV home renovation show Curb Appeal died Monday night in a motorcycle accident, Today reports. Bill Beckwith was hit by a car while riding a motorcycle in San Francisco, a police spokesperson says; the car's driver was cooperative. Beckwith, a carpenter, founded his own construction company... More »

Motorcycle Racer Dies After Hitting 285mph

Bill Warner was aiming for 300mph

(Newser) - A motorcycle racer trying to top 300mph died yesterday after losing control and zooming off a runway at a former air base in northern Maine. Bill Warner, 44, was clocked at 285mph before he lost control, says Tim Kelly, race director for the Loring Timing Association. Warner was conscious and... More »

Wynonna Back on Tour After Husband Loses Leg

He's recuperating after motorcycle accident as singer resumes her tour

(Newser) - Wynonna Judd is going back on tour after her husband lost his left leg in a motorcycle crash earlier this month. She says in a statement that husband Michael Scott "Cactus" Moser "continues to improve every day as he begins his road to rehabilitation." Moser is also... More »

Bike Accident Paralyzes Boxer Paul Williams

2-time welterweight titlist's career over: doctors

(Newser) - Paul Williams' boxing days are over: The two-time welterweight titlist will never walk again, his doctors say, according to his manager. Williams was paralyzed below the waist in an Atlanta motorcycle accident while en route to his brother's house to prepare for another brother's wedding Sunday morning, his... More »

Motorcycle Deaths Hold Steady

Even as overall road fatalities decrease

(Newser) - The number of motorcycle fatalities in 2011 did not budge compared to 2010, even though overall vehicle deaths dipped to the lowest level since 1949, says a new highway safety report. One theory: High gas prices might be encouraging more people to drive motorcycles instead of cars, reports the Los ... More »

Cops Ticket Kid in Toy Motorcycle Accident

6-year-old drives into SUV, mini motorbike impounded

(Newser) - He's only six years old, but he's already tangoed with police for reckless driving. After Gael Noriega plowed into an SUV, police in Mexico ticketed him for the offense, as well as driving without a license and failure to register his vehicle: a miniature motorbike. The small, gas-powered... More »

Good Samaritans Heave Car Off Hurt Man

Motorcyclist in critical condition

(Newser) - Here's a video of heroism and horror. Below, you'll see a group of bystanders rush to lift a burning car while police officers and other bystanders pull the limp body of a motorcycle driver from beneath it. The incident occurred just before noon yesterday in Utah, the Salt ... More »

Biker on Ride Protesting Helmet Laws Hits Head, Dies

Trooper says man likely would have survived had he been wearing helmet

(Newser) - A motorcyclist who joined a helmet-less ride yesterday to protest New York's helmet laws died after flipping over his bike's handlebars and hitting his head on the pavement. Philip Contos, 55, was part of a large group riding down Route 11 in the town of Onondaga, near Syracuse,... More »

McDermott in ICU After Bike Crash

Will give up motorcycles after second accident this year

(Newser) - Tori Spelling’s hubby is in intensive care after his second motorcycle accident this year. Dean McDermott is “in a lot of pain” after Tuesday’s accident, Spelling tells People . “He's taking this as a sign and realizing family is too important to risk his life,” and... More »

Pitt OK After Motorcycle Mishap

He falls off while maneuvering near a red light

(Newser) - Brad Pitt is OK after banging up his brand-new motorcycle today. Despite early reports of paparazzi involvement, it turns out to be fairly mundane: He tried to squeeze between a parked car and another at a red light when his handlebars clipped the parked car and he fell over. Nobody... More »

Driver Polishing Nails Charged in Fatal Crash

She hit a motorcyclist yielding at a signal

(Newser) - A woman who fatally rammed into a female motorcyclist yielding at a yellow light said she was painting her nails before the accident, the Chicago Tribune reports. The driver was ticketed for failing to slow down and could face more charges. Authorities say the deceased biker was wearing a helmet... More »

Motorcycle Deaths Rise 6.6%

Overall traffic deaths down but motorbike deaths up for 10th year in a row

(Newser) - The number of motorcyclist deaths rose in 2007 for the 10th year in a row, the New York Times reports, jumping 6.6% even as the overall number of vehicle deaths continued to drop. Motorcycle deaths now account for one in eight traffic fatalities, totaling 5,154 last year—a... More »

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