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Upstate NY motorcyclist dies after hitting head on pavement during protest against helmet laws

ONONDAGA, N.Y. — Police say a motorcyclist participating in a protest ride against helmet laws in upstate New York died after he flipped over the bike’s handlebars and hit his head on the pavement.

The accident happened Saturday afternoon in the town of Onondaga, in central New York near Syracuse.

State troopers tell The Post-Standard of Syracuse that 55-year-old Philip A. Contos of Parish, N.Y., was driving a 1983 Harley Davidson with a group of bikers who were protesting helmet laws by not wearing helmets.

Troopers say Contos hit his brakes and the motorcycle fishtailed. The bike spun out of control, and Contos toppled over the handlebars. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Troopers say Contos would have likely survived if he had been wearing a helmet.


Added: Jul-3-2011 Occurred On: Jul-3-2011
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  • LOL the irony!

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  • Wear your helmet. If you die or need hospitalization, it's not just your problem, it costs other people as well.

    Don't know about other countries, but we pay compulsory 3rd party insurance when we register vehicles, to pay for accident victims hospital and death expenses etc. I don't want to pay for people too stupid to wear a helmet, or use a seatbelt in a car. Both are compulsory here.

    It costs me about $600 a year to register my car, $400 of that is insurance for injuries caused on the roa More..

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  • Well, that just about says it all, doesn't it?

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  • From a governing perspective I can understand the desire to make helmets compulsory - helmets do save lives (there are a million studies, use google), they also significantly lower the cost to taxpayers for lifetime care in the event of things like brain damage, also emergency response, clean up, and so on.

    From an individual purview, I get the whole freedom of choice thing too. If you are an adult you should be able to decide what is right for you, just so long as you don't hurt anyone else.

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  • "Because if I was wearing a helmet, I couldn't do... THIS!!"

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  • RIP to him. We had all this in the 70's when helmet law was introduced in the UK, but the figures tell their own story - a massive reduction in deaths from motorcycle accidents, and a consequent huge saving on medical costs etc.

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  • And the 2011 Darwin Award for Best Ironic Death goes to.........

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  • Please let helmets be an option to all Harley Davidson riders, PLEASE!

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  • haha oh the irony

    rip though

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  • If they can "force" you to wear the seat belt in the car, then maybe they should do the same with helmets.

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  • i have not even known that many bikers but i have personally known four who were killed and one who is a paraplegic.
    motorcycles are a death trip. trail ride, race on a track but on the road is a killer.

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  • Some would call this 'poetic justice'.
    I wonder how his family and riding buddies feel about this unfortunate event? Will it change their perspective at all? Sometimes, when something awful strikes close to home, it causes people to rethink their position.

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  • It costs the UK taxpayer approx £1 million quid per fatality in a road accident, a helmet costs a few hundred quid......you do the maths.....unless you want taxes to rise to pay for the deaths??? theres always a bigger picture.

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  • The thing is though, I hear the helmets aren't very effective at preventing motorcycle deaths anyway. For example you could just as easily break your neck. This is only what I've herd though perhaps someone knows more about this.

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    • @ShortOrderCook
      you still have a better chance with a helmet FULL COVERAGE.
      but, and here is the big but...all 4 of the ppl i knew who died in motorcycle crashes were wearing helmets. as was the other guy who had a badly broken femur and had to lay in a ditch all night in pain--but that's another story.
      they are killers man.

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    • @ShortOrderCook Well a helmet doesnt cover your neck.....most motorcycle deaths are because of not wearing a helmet.....

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  • He was a free man doing what made him happy.. You people who think it is your right to tell others how to live their life can go fuck yourselves. Our ancestors would be rolling in their grave if they knew how soft some of you city people have gotten. Quit being so scared to die for fuck sakes, its going to happen NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO.

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  • Pretty sure he wasn't planning on dieing that day in such a minor wreck. Helmet would have saved his life

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  • The troopers would say that - wouldn't they?

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