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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-11-2018, 03:10 PM Thread Starter
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RIP Kyle Ladewig

I did not know him (he strangely looks familiar), but a Nissan Altima pulled out in front of him to turn into a parking lot and he hit the Nissan on the side. He died after going to the hospital in Oak Lawn from injuries sustained in the crash. It happened near 183rd Street in Homewood, Illinois at 10:11 AM. This happened Saturday, 07/07/2018 and is only about 10 minutes from my house. In fact, I went through that intersection this morning multiple times.

Kyle Ladewig was 37 years old and lived in Steger, Illinois. The picture I found of him looks like he was riding a silver Harley Davidson. I swear I have seen him riding around by Steger before. Sad...

RIP Kyle and condolences to your family.

As an aside (TO CLARIFY, NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS ACCIDENT or KYLE) I know us sport bike riders get a bad rep. But the sad part is, almost no cruiser motorcycle riders wear any gear and I think this explains the higher mortality and serious injury rate. I never ride without at least a helmet and gloves on, and more often than not have my full gear on. I cannot comment on it he had gear on or not, there was no mention in the article. It will not protect you 100%, but it helps a great deal. Especially a helmet.

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I found this well searching his name. I need to say that no amount of protection wouldn't have saved him. Also he was riding his black harley not his silver one. You might have seen him since he was always out riding. He was a great guy killed by someone who was not paying attention and turned in front of him because she was late for work. Every where he went he made friends. We just laid a fellow biker/best friend to rest so please don't comment on how protection might have saved his life. What would have saved his life is for people to see motorcycles.
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I found this well searching his name. I need to say that no amount of protection wouldn't have saved him. Also he was riding his black harley not his silver one. You might have seen him since he was always out riding. He was a great guy killed by someone who was not paying attention and turned in front of him because she was late for work. Every where he went he made friends. We just laid a fellow biker/best friend to rest so please don't comment on how protection might have saved his life. What would have saved his life is for people to see motorcycles.
No, I was not implying anything about Kyle, as I said I have no idea what he was riding and he only looked familiar. The pic I found of him showed him sitting on a big silver Harley with sunglasses on. I found out about the incident thanks to my phone's news app and it struck close to home because of his familiarity and his proximity, plus the fact my wife and I go through that intersection a lot.

What I was saying was that when I ride, which is daily or multiple times a day, I see a lot of motorcycles. I see guys on Harleys and cruisers almost always not wearing any gear at all (I saw an older guy on a Goldwing who looked like he could not even handle the bike, I was behind him with my car and he nearly dropped the bike both times he stopped, plus he was shifting like a noob. Not even sunglasses on, no gloves, no helmet, a tank top and blue jeans).

What I am saying is I see a lot of cruiser rider crashes lead to serious injury or death, and a lot of sport bike riders crashing but only getting injuries (yes I know of a lot who have died, but from a percentage standpoint). My cousin's friend (and friend of our family for many years) killed a guy and girl on a Harley backing up his truck and did not see them. The woman was pregnant sadly enough so 3 died in that one accident and the only gear they had on were sunglasses. He went to prison for it because he was driving on a suspended license and he has not been the same since it happened.

I broke my clavicle despite wearing gear, so I know first-hand that the gear only protects you so much. But I was saying that I believe a lot more people would walk away from cruiser accidents if they wore gear. Especially a helmet, I would say 8 out of 10 cruiser riders I see have no helmet on and we all know that head injuries lead to the most deaths on motorcycles.

I also agree that people need to start seeing motorcycle, almost daily I have to adjust my lane position or take extra caution because of the idiot drivers around me. I was nearly hit with my wife riding through Sauk Village about a week ago, going to Round The Clock in Indiana to get food around 9:30 pm. The guy pulled right out, despite stopping and looking right at us. I had to swerve to avoid him clipping us with his white Malibu.

I am sorry if you took it the wrong way, I did not mean anything and perhaps Kyle would have still had a fatal accident if he had full gear on (if he did not)? As I said I have no idea what he was wearing because the article I found on it was not very detailed, just saying what happened, how he died on the way to the hospital, and that an investigation is ongoing. I know that it is not his fault, it is the typical cager turning without looking and claiming, "I did not see the motorcycle!" I bet 8/10 of those who are "blind to motorcycles" are on the phone as well, you notice just how many people are texting and driving at the same time while riding.

I was mostly talking about how us sport bike riders get bad repped, yet from my personal experience seem to be the one's walking away from more accidents due to having gear on more often. I have barely seen any squids since I began riding on a sport or naked bike, but plenty of people squidding with cruisers. (But nothing to do with Kyle, why I said, "As an aside")

I am sad to hear, whether I knew him or not, because from all accounts he is a great guy and no one deserves to have that happen to them.

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