Letter to CarTalk
Rob brought this to my attention, and I thought I'd throw it out for the sake of discussion:
The Dangers of Motorcycles: One Father's Story
Dear Tom and Ray,
Although I am college-educated, I guess I am still stupid about some facets of existence. On April 20, 2002, my nineteen-year-old son, Joshua, died on a motorcycle. He was riding too fast, crashed and died.
My wife has always opposed motorcycles. When Josh moved out, he bought a Honda CBR 929, and began "canyon racing" with his friends. I rarely worried about him, because I survived riding bikes when I was a teen.
This all changed, after his death. I did not realize how TOTALLY dangerous bikes were… now I do. I guess I was in a state of denial. According to the federal government, "Per vehicle mile traveled in 1999, motorcyclists were about 18 times as likely as passenger car occupants to die in a motor vehicle traffic crash and 3 times as likely to be injured." (NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts 2000).
PLEASE urge your listeners NOT to buy or ride motorcycles!!! If our son had never taken up this "fun" hobby, he would still be alive today. Attached is an article about Josh, which appeared in our local paper. We loved our son, and would do ANYTHING to have him here, home, alive.
Jeff and Linda Zekas
To The Editor:
Our son, Joshua Horizon Zekas died Saturday night, 20 April 2002 in a motorcycle accident on Auburn Folsom Road in the mountains of rural Placer County. Josh was a student at American River College in East Sacramento and worked for The Gap in Citrus Heights and at MillGuard Windows.
Joshua will be remembered for his beautiful smile and his ironic sense of humor. He loved the movie "Monte Python and the Holy Grail" and the films "Blazing Saddles" and "Snatch." Josh was athletic and lettered in wrestling at Foothill High School. He also was an accomplished snowboarder and inline skater. He enjoyed spending summers down at the Susan River with his dad and siblings, jumping from the second bridge and splashing his brothers Joe, Sam and William and teasing his sister Noel.
Joshua was also skilled at carving wood, and won two ribbons at the State Fair for his sculptures. He played clarinet, loved music (mainly Tool and Rammstein), and was always helping family and neighbors fix their cars (especially his dad, who can't hold a wrench!). When he wasn't installing an alternator or fixing a computer, he read constantly, his favorite authors being Brian Jacques ("Redwall"), Richard Feynman, and Stephen King.
At the memorial held Thursday 25 April over 370 friends and family recalled Joshua's love of family and love of the outdoors. He spent many hours tent camping with his mom and dad in Mendocino and Sonoma Counties; as a young adult, he camped at the lake with his best friends Mike and Tzonu ("Bob") and long-time girlfriend, Amanda. When Josh came home from college, the first thing he always did was hug and kiss his mom. And he never forgot, before hanging up on the phone, to say "I love you, Papa." Family and relationships always came first for him, and he came to work every day with a smile.
We will always love and cherish Joshua, and hold him dear to our hearts. We would like to thank all of our friends and neighbors for the flowers, cards, food and condolences we have received these past two weeks. We would also like to thank singer Kate Rusby for dedicating the song "Bold Riley" to Josh at her recent concert in Chico. We miss you, our sweet, handsome son. Godspeed, Joshua.
Jeff (Horizon) Zekas
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