I wanted to post this in the Fallen Friends section, but I guess I'm too new. I also seem to be too new to post the links for the pics or our other forum. I'll add them when I have the proper post count... Admins, if you would please move it to the proper section. Thanks.
***This is being shared with both yzf600r.com and chicagolandsportbikes.com***
I have to admit that my mind and thoughts are very jumbled right now, so I knwo that this will be a bit of a rambling.
Yesterday morning I had the luxury of spending time with Ashwin's family. We had a long conversation that ran the full spectrum of emotions.
Ashwin's parents are wonderful people and I look forward to geting to know them better. I will have the opportunity as they have invited me to return for different reasons and occasions. I am grateful for the invitation and will certainly return.
I want to share some things with all of you and i intend to share more as things progress. I also want to make myself available to questions any of yo may have, and I will always do my best to answer them.
First of all, a great deal of our conversation revolved around what happened. I did my best to describe everything in detail, and even used Rohini's (Ashwin's cousin) Mac to pull up arial maps of the turn, upload pictures and videos to present and give to them. They were very grateful. I will be sharing those pics and vids with all of you in time, but at the end of this post, I will be presenting some pics that many of you may wish to see, while others may not. I have recieved the blessing of Ashwin's parents to do so. Their hope is that they will help others in some way.
Ashwin's family has asked that I assist them with the dissemination of Ashwin's belongings from his garage, stating that I knew what he has in there better than anyone else. Although I'm not convinced that is accurate, I know that I'm very familiar with what is there. Therefore, I promised them that I would help. My goal is to make things available for sale to members of both forums so that Ashwin's family could recoup the costs involved as a result of Ashwin's death. I'm certain there is more than is apparent. Once I am able to inventory everything, I will make it known and setup a process for everyone to have an opportunity to purchase what they would like. All remaining items will be made available to the public for sale through eBay or some similar process. I ask that you all be patient with this, as it will take time.
On a sidenote, I understand that the CLSB group has the intention of completing the rebuild of the Yamaha RD that Ashwin began. I don't know if many of you know, but tha RD came from one of the YZF members (Insulinboy), as a gift of sorts. If I recall correctly, the bike fell victim to a flood some years back, and Insulinboy offered it to Ashwin, recognizing that Ashwin and he shared the same love for that particular model two-stroke. The only caveat was that Ashwin wold have to pick it up from Camden, New York. He drove out there on his own, overnight, and returned the next day. He was so excited. Well, Insulinboy had this to share with me after he had spent some time on the CLSB board:
Originally Posted by Insulinboy
I decided I would just let the RD go to CLSB, there are so many there that could benifit from having that part of ash and I cant be so selfish as to take it away from them for myself. Im glad that he shared it with so many there and that I was not the only one he shared that part of his life with. I will still find an RD here localy eventualy that I will build in his honor, true it wont be THAT RD, but it could mean just as much to me. Id still love for you to make a design for the tank for me, I cant make any promises as to when it will happen but I will make somthing happen in memmory of ash, even if its not an RD. Whatever bike I may get the tank will be dedicated to him
On a different topic, while speaking with Ashwin's parents, I made tham aware of some pictures I was given by one of our YZF members that was there at the time of the accident. I promised not to share that member's name out of a respect of privacy. The pictures were of the accident scene and the events around it. They may make some uncomfortable, so I will only post a link to them instead of posting them directly.
I also have a video of my ride to the scene, up until I'm told it was Ashwin involved. This will be posted later as I still have to upload it. You don't have to view them. They are posted with his family's knowledge and permission.
While sharing these pictures and video with his family, Ashwin's father informed me as to the extent of Ashwin's injuries. This will hopefully settle some speculation and offer some closure. Ashwin's father told me that the Medical Examiner said Ashwin had suffered a broken right leg, a broken right arm (both on the side he went down on, which was also the side of him struck first by the car) a broken neck and cardiac arrest. All the result of the impact. I know that I was uncertain of his injuries when I arrived on the scene, and I had later heard from others that were there and attended to him that his neck seemed "loose" at the time they determined he had no pulse and began to administer CPR. The Medical Examiner affirmed that Ashwin would not have suffered as a result.
One last thing I need to mention. Ashwin's family believe this was Destiny and have found solace in that belief. I have to agree with them. Ashwin died doing one of the things he loved most. He most certainly was happy at the time and has left us all with memories, knowledge and awe.
That's about all I can handle right now.
I want you all to know that Ashwin's family if grateful for all you have done.