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Claim: Photographs show a motorcyclist who crashed into the back of a truck.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, June 2007]
Origins: The fatal accident depicted above took place on
According to the Tulsa World:
Police said the truck driver reported hearing a bump and then seeing debris from the motorcycle going past him. When he managed to pull over, he saw that a man was embedded in the back of his trailer.Brandon's family said that they hoped his unfortunate death at least would help to bring attention to the issue of motorcycle safety:
White was dead at the scene.
"If I can save one mother, one father from going through what I've gone through, then it's worthwhile," said Broken Arrow resident Dennis White,A few inaccuracies have crept into the text accompanying forwarded versions of these pictures. A 2008 variant carried the closing legend "He lived. Wear your helmet!", but unfortunately Brandon Lee did not survive the accident despite his wearing a helmet. Also, the friend of Brandon's who "was killed
Despite the hurt, the family members said they hope something
Helmet requirement laws, harsher penalties for speeding on a motorcycle, and community-based services to decrease drunken driving are among measures about which the family hopes the two young men's deaths spark a discussion.
Taking away a rider's motorcycle and motorcycle license for going a certain amount over the speed limit would be one way to curb speeding on bikes, said the elder White, who has ridden motorcycles for several years.
"That's the only thing that would make me
White said clubs that don't serve alcohol would go a long way toward helping reduce drunken-driving deaths for youths by providing them a hangout without the temptation of drinking and driving.
"We've got to do something to save these kids," he said. "We've got to do something to support them."
Last updated: 10 March 2008
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