Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Not Chicago Anymore
Location: Not Chicago Anymore
Sportbike: 08 YZ250F, 03 Tuono
Years Riding: Eh?
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Mikee was working at Chicago Cycle with me at the time. I had known him for a month or so. Really nice guy. Great salesman, and was really part of the family over there. Normally I would have just PM'd you the info (I'll send you the personal details about it later if you want), but given the nature of the accident, I think it might serve as a sobering experience for others - I know it did for me.
Anyway, here goes. That Monday was payday, and as is often the case, some of the guys would go to Mullens (the sports bar across the street from the dealership) for a few beers, pool, darts whatever to blow off steam. Mikee was there that night, and was over-served. The accounts from the people that were with him vary, but all said that they'd seen him alot worse in the past, and that they didn't worry too much when he left with another guy to drive home.
He and the other guy were driving their cars south on Western Ave. The term "drag racing" might be a little extreme (he drove a stock Prelude), but they were certainly exceeding the speed limit, and most likely messing around a bit. Mikee lost control of his car at the corner of Western and Peterson. He swerved off the road and hit a tree head on. He tore his car in half lengthwise. He died instantly.
The guy he was with lost it, and called one of the owners of the shop who drove to the scene immediately, and was there when the police arrived to file the reports etc. When we all showed up for work the next day, the news filtered in. We nearly didn't open the shop that day as everyone was just in a daze. Most had known Mikee for a long time. My counterpart (do you know Kevin Stewart?) was one of his best friends, and ended up handling all the services, and breaking the news to his family etc.
It was a really messed up thing man. Mikee's death really hit alot of people over here hard. Last I heard, the dealership is continuing to persue legal action against the bar for violation of dram shop laws. The wake was last Friday, and the funeral was Saturday. He's buried in a cemetary close to where he grew up (Orland Park maybe? - I can find out for sure and let you know). The only person from CCC that has been to Mullens since was the owner that was at the scene. He showed up the next morning with Mikee's blood stained jacket, threw it on the bar and told the bartender he hoped his tips that night were worth it.
....Mullens did not stay open for business that day.
Again, if you want more details about him, PM me and I'll fill you in with what little I knew, and the stories everyone else has told me since the accident.
I hope this helps someone on this board think twice about getting behind the wheel after a few drinks. I know I used to do it more than I should have, and I know that I'll NEVER do it again.
Sermon over. Hope this helps your seach Bri.