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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-20-2006, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
 
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Bad Aritcle on Ben R. Getting Cited

Apparently Ben didn't get clobbered by some lady failing to yield, he decided to RAM a car with his bike. Talk about slanting an article!

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Steelers' Roethlisberger to be cited in crash
By The Associated Press
June 19, 2006

PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger did not have a valid motorcycle license when he crashed into a woman's car last week, and the driver - who will be cited for failing to yield - has received threatening phone calls.

Roethlisberger will be issued $388 in fines and fees for riding without a license and not wearing a helmet, police Collision Investigator Dan Connolly said Monday. Only licensed motorcyclists are allowed to ride bareheaded in Pennsylvania, with certain restrictions.

The Super Bowl champion quarterback rammed his Suzuki Hayabusa into a woman's Chrysler New Yorker on June 12 when she was making a left turn in front of him. Both had the green light.

Roethlisberger underwent seven hours of surgery to repair a broken jaw and other facial bones. Tests showed no brain injuries, although he had a mild concussion; he also lost two teeth and chipped several others.

"I think because of Mr. Roethlisberger's size and his athletic ability and the fact that he works out as a professional athlete had a huge part in the fact that he's still with us," Connolly said.

The woman, who will be cited for failing to yield to oncoming traffic and fined $106.50, has received threatening phone calls since the accident, Police Chief Dominic Costa said. She filed a police report and the calls were being investigated.

Roethlisberger was traveling at the speed limit in a posted 35 mph zone, but he braked and hit the car at a slower speed, Costa said. There were no mechanical problems with either vehicle.

Both Roethlisberger and the woman will be sent summary citations.

To obtain a motorcycle license in Pennsylvania, riders must first get a learner's permit, which requires a $10 fee, a vision screening and a written test. The permit is valid for one year, during which a road test must be passed to obtain a full motorcycle license.

Only after two years of possessing a valid license is riding without a helmet allowed. That restriction is waived if the rider takes an approved safety course.

Police did not have any contact with Steelers officials during the investigation, Connolly said.

"This was no different than any other crash," Connolly said. "We found our determinations and determined that the parties needed to be cited and that's what we're doing."

In an interview with ESPN radio Monday morning, coach Bill Cowher said there is no way of knowing what effect Roethlisberger's injuries would have on his playing ability.

"That's the thing we have to be very sensitive to and we have to make sure that we monitor - and we'll do that," Cowher said. "We'll work with the doctors. We'll talk to him."

He did not criticize Roethlisberger for not wearing a helmet, something he had done last year.

"I think it would be very unfair, and I think it's really irrelevant, to be judgmental about the accident itself," Cowher said.

"Sometimes with the lessons of life, you have to get knocked down before you get back up," Cowher said. "He's just very fortunate. This was one of those lessons that could have been devastating. It could have been a very tragic story."

Roethlisberger was discharged Wednesday night from Mercy Hospital and apologized to the team, his fans and family in a statement. He also said that he would wear a helmet if he rode a motorcycle again.

Police on Monday declined to reveal the name of the driver of the car, citing the threats. She has been identified in published reports as Martha Fleishman, 62, of Pittsburgh. Her husband, Martin Fleishman, has said she felt terrible about the accident.
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Rammed means to strike with heavy impact.

Intention has nothing to do with the definition.

The word is used properly.

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nothing more about a knee injury eh?

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Rammed means to strike with heavy impact.

Intention has nothing to do with the definition.

The word is used properly.
but the article said he rammed his bike into her car that was turning left in front of him... if it were a harley then the woman would have run him down.

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but the article said he rammed his bike into her car that was turning left in front of him... if it were a harley then the woman would have run him down.

Quite right, Ben should have had a helmet cam like that R1 chick .

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To obtain a motorcycle license in Pennsylvania, riders must first get a learner's permit, which requires a $10 fee, a vision screening and a written test. The permit is valid for one year, during which a road test must be passed to obtain a full motorcycle license.

Only after two years of possessing a valid license is riding without a helmet allowed. That restriction is waived if the rider takes an approved safety course.
I thought this was interesting... Any other states like this?

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I thought this was interesting... Any other states like this?
Some...I haven't checked in a few years, but anyone either under 21 or 18 in Indiana is required to wear a helmet. Laws like these I can sort of agree with. While they technically impose on your personal choice or whatever...they expose a new rider to wearing a helmet so that they are at least aware of it and then after a certain period of time you can ride without one if you like.
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HE SHOULD'VE GOT HIS ENDORSEMENT

edit: he had his learners permit (which requires him to wear a helmet) but the permit was EXPIRED, lol!

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Rammed means to strike with heavy impact.

Intention has nothing to do with the definition.

The word is used properly.
Yeah but it's kind of like getting your ass kicked and then claiming you headbutted the guy in the fists...



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She has been identified in published reports as Martha Fleishman, 62, of Pittsburgh.
Just in case anyone else would like to make a threatening phone call.
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Rammed means to strike with heavy impact.

Intention has nothing to do with the definition.

The word is used properly.
Intention and inflection are very important in journalism. Every writer worth a spit knows how to inflect emotion with a carefull choice of words.

Let me give you an example. Here's two reports of an accident caused by a driver being distracted by his wife. There only slightly different but one implies fault much stronger than the other and in a completely different direction.

Take 1:
Police claim the driver of the car was distracted by his wife who was initiating romantic activity.

Take 2:
Police claim the driver's wife distracted him by initiating sexual activity while he was driving.


EDIT: I have no idea what is wrong with me today and why I bothered to type all that out......I'm feeling very strange today....
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