Sunday, July 3, 2011

New York Motorcyclist With A Death Wish Gets It

NY motorcyclist protesting mandatory helmet use hits head, dies

Jul 03 2011

ONONDAGA, N.Y. — A man riding bareheaded on one of about 550 motorcycles in an anti-helmet law rally lost control of his cycle, went over his handlebars, hit his head on the pavement and died, police said Sunday.

The motorcyclist, 55-year-old Philip A. Contos, likely would have survived the accident if he'd been wearing a helmet like the guy in the photo, state troopers said.

Contos, of Parish, hit his brakes, and his motorcycle fishtailed and went out of control, flipping him over the handlebars, police said. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

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