According to news station KSLA 12 in Shreveport, a fatal motorcycle crash occured around 6pm last evening on Old Mooringsport Road and Ravensport. Apparently, a vehicle pulled out in front of the motorcycle, and as is typical, the driver said he didn’t see the oncoming motorcycle until it collided into the car, crushing the bike and leaving it connected to the car. The driver of the motorcycle was airlifted to LSU Medical Center, where he later died. His female passenger had serious injuries. Authorities on the scene did not comment on cause of the accident.
I’ve just been informed that the victim of this sensless accident is Mike Fowler, well known in the Shreveport motorcycle community, and someone I’ve personally rode with and spent time with. My heart goes out to his family, and Erin, who is still in the hospital.
As a response to the KSLA story, Karin Stinson, a cousin of the deceased wrote: “Why is it that this person that hit my cousin a wonderful husband, father is not sitting in jail? This person didn’t see him??? Are you blind or what?? Seems to me you dont need to be driving but sitting behind bars for killing my cousin. How could you not see a motorcycle attached to your car?? You have taken an innocent life & a husband & a father away forever due to your neglagence. I Hope that KSLA will keep this wreck & investigate what the hell she was doing??? My Aunt will mourn all the rest of her days including his newly married wife as well as his sister…I DONT SEE HOW PEOPLE RUN SOMEONE OVER & JUST ACT LIKE IT’S NOTHING!! I HOPE THAT KSLA WILL KEEP COVERAGE GOING ON THIS STORY & HELP THE FAMILY OUT…TNANK-YOU.”
Those of us who ride know and understand the associative risks, however, it is always sad to hear the excuse “I didn’t see them”, which is too frequently the response of a driver who hits a motorcycle. The Motorcycle Awareness Campaign (MAC) is a great organization that furthers motorcycle awareness and concentrates on getting the word out to drivers of cars to be “aware”. As riders we can help further this cause, and help keep our friends and family safe on the roads. The MAC mission as stated on their home page may convince you to join and make a difference.
MAC is aware of the fact that almost 2/3 of motorcycle crashes are the result of a motorist who violated a motorcyclist’s right of way or simply was not aware of the presence of a motorcycle.
MAC is an organization whose soul purpose is to promote motorcycle awareness to the motoring public. Our goal and all of our efforts are directed to that end. Our interest is to provide a safer riding environment for anyone who rides a motorcycle.
MAC is very focused on our mission statement. That statement is: “To promote awareness and safety of motorcyclists on roadways.”
MAC is an organization that is growing. Our efforts have been in Louisiana but there has been interest shown of starting chapters in Mississippi, Texas and Arkansas MAC is non-profit. One hundred percent of dues and contributions go to promoting motorcycle awareness.
MAC is always interested in hearing about new an innovative ways to bring motorcycle awareness to the motoring public. Everyone can help with that.
MAC is interested in your safe motorcycle riding experience.
Motorists and motorcyclists alike have a stake in this effort, as well as a terrible price to pay if action for change isn’t taken. We hope to create an environment where sharing the road with each other is always the top priority for us all.
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