Tuesday, May 20, 2014

First Dragon fatality of 2014 (actually the 2nd but who's counting)

Investigators look at a 2013 Ford Focus that collided with a motorcycle on “The Dragon” Monday afternoon. The motorcycle rider, identified as William Alfred Adamchik, 56, of Hamburg, Pa., was killed in the accident.

Dragon Strikes: Pennsylvania motorcycle rider killed on The Dragon

Tom Sherlin | The Daily Times
May 20, 2014

ALCOA, TENN. -- A 56-year-old Pennsylvania man was killed in a motorcycle-car collision on “The Dragon” Monday afternoon, the Blount County Sheriff’s Office reported. William Alfred Adamchik, of Hamburg, Pa., driver of the motorcycle, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the other vehicle involved, Timothy Penley, 38, of Canton, N.C., was not injured.

In a news release, the BCSO said the accident occurred shortly after 3 p.m. Adamchik was riding a 2007 Yamaha Sport Bike FZ6 south in a stretch of U.S. Highway 129 nicknamed “The Dragon.”

He came around a curve at mile marker 11 and the rear end of his motorcycle slid around and struck Penley’s vehicle, a 2013 Ford Focus, head-on.

Adamchik and his motorcycle landed about 15 feet away on the roadway. Bystanders performed CPR on Adamchik until Rural/Metro Ambulance Service arrived.

Adamchik was wearing a Department of Transportation approved full-face helmet. Penley was wearing his seat belt, and the air bags in his vehicle deployed.

No charges were filed immediately as the Sheriff’s Office Traffic Safety Unit investigation continues.

Monday’s accident was the first fatality on “The Dragon” this year, according to The Daily Times archives. The last fatality occurred in December 2013 at mile marker 2. A Knoxville man riding in an open-top Miata convertible was killed when the car missed a curve, went down an embankment and struck a tree.

A Vonore man was found dead May 8 on Calderwood Highway a few days after his motorcycle left the road, but officers said the location of the accident is not considered part of “The Dragon.”

ETR so dead it don't even have a separate posting (new threads r banned), not even an eyewitness.... No mention of countersteering, nor safety gear, the typical 4-hour rescue time, nor the car or cars crossing a centerline....

At least the Police State censorship aint dead in 'Murika....

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