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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 09-17-2008, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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Motorcyclist killed in Aurora crash
September 17, 2008 at 9:00 AM | Comments (0)
A 36-year-old Oswego motorcyclist was killed Tuesday evening in Aurora when he hit a car that turned in front of him, police said this morning.

Thomas Dodson was riding his 2008 Harley Davidson east on Indian Trail Road near Highland Avenue in the southwest suburb around 7 p.m. when a westbound 1999 Chevrolet Malibu turned in front of him, according to police.

Dodson attempted to avoid the car but ended up sliding into the passenger side of the vehicle. Dodson, of the 400 block of Gloria Lane in Oswego, was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at Provena Mercy Medical Center in Aurora, police said.

Jill Womack, 22, of the 0-100 block of Lancaster Avenue in Aurora, was cited with failure to yield while turning left. Police said they believe she might not have seen Dodson because she was blinded by bright sunshine.

There was no indication alcohol played any role in the crash, police said.


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SUN MY GOD DAMN ASS!!!!

When the hell are people driving cages going to start paying the FUCK ATTENTION!!! I've heard this same scenario like a hundred freaking times this summer and was almost victim to it multiple times including a ride to naperville after bike night with Ken and a few others... Errrrr!


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SUN MY GOD DAMN ASS!!!!

When the hell are people driving cages going to start paying the FUCK ATTENTION!!! I've heard this same scenario like a hundred freaking times this summer and was almost victim to it multiple times including a ride to naperville after bike night with Ken and a few others... Errrrr!

x2 this is just ridiculas too because I almost get hit at least once a day when i ride because they are day dreaming or on their ******* phone.

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Blinded by bright sunshine? How about STOPPING and WAITING before turning if you are blinded by bright sunshine.

Wow, what a f*ing novel idea. Too bad it wasn't a full cement mixer doing 50mph instead of a Harley.

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that happened to a friend of mine. in nearly the same place in aurora. on a harley in the same scenario, but there was an suv turning left blocking the oncoming left turner's view. he spent like 6mo in the hospital and still isn't the same as he used to be. and that happened like 4 or 5 years ago.

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7pm wasn't bad for the sun.. 6:30-6:40 certainly did suck... They should pull her cell phone call logs to see if she was doing anything else then sue her for wrongful death.

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kids... To make a suggestion , how about this? When u riding up to intersections ALLWAYS make sure u have a car immediatly next to you!!

Reason why is cause that will be seen easier then a bike including if the sun is behind you. Play it smart.

RIP to the rider

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bs on the sun. if i can't see, i slow down and make sure there's nothing coming my way. besides, you can see headlights even if the person has the sun behind them
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first thing i thouhgt of was the sun before i read the article.

this time of year the sun is low in the horizong for the morning and evening commute.

people need to have CLEAN WINDSHIELDS ON THE INSIDE!! to reduce glare from the sun.

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kids... To make a suggestion , how about this? When u riding up to intersections ALLWAYS make sure u have a car immediatly next to you!!

Reason why is cause that will be seen easier then a bike including if the sun is behind you. Play it smart.

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Rep sent! I think it mostly comes with experience and the unfortunate close call... But as riders we have to be more PROACTIVE and not REACTIVE! We can't control what other drivers are going to do, so what I have made a personal best practice when I ride is when theres a lot of traffic to my left middle of lanes I stay to right to be seen better and allow more a margin for error like this situation above, and when I approach any intersection green/Red/or yellow. I usually come off of my throttle locate my bike best position in lane based on surroundings and look left/right how ever many times I need to, to be sure it's all clear (I also tend to stay on the right side of the left lane if two lanes on each side as to make myself as visible as possible to the vehicles turning left coming the other direction and to clear the right lane in the event of a rushed driver that wants to take a right on red.)

Everyones got there own way of doing things but Obviously you can probably tell by my description that PROACTIVE is the way to go and KNOW YOUR SURROUNDINGS! It's only going to help, Nothing is going to guarantee your safety in any given scenario but it will most def. better your odds.

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Motorcyclist killed in Aurora crash
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A 36-year-old Oswego motorcyclist was killed Tuesday evening in Aurora when he hit a car that turned in front of him, police said this morning.

Thomas Dodson was riding his 2008 Harley Davidson east on Indian
Trail Road near Highland Avenue in the southwest suburb around 7 p.m. when a westbound 1999 Chevrolet Malibu turned in front of him, according to police.

Dodson attempted to avoid the car but ended up sliding into the passenger side of the vehicle. Dodson, of the 400 block of Gloria Lane in Oswego, was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at Provena Mercy Medical Center in Aurora, police said.

Jill Womack, 22, of the 0-100 block of Lancaster Avenue in Aurora, was cited with failure to yield while turning left. Police said they believe she might not have seen Dodson because she was blinded by bright sunshine.

There was no indication alcohol played any role in the crash, police said.


How are you blinded by sunlight in the evening if the sun sets in the west by that time

go time traveler style and go back in time, fuck his grandma, then shoot forward in time and then fuck his mom. Then return back to present state and call him a the product of two incest whores and hes your son and show video of you plowing the both members of his family. .
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How are you blinded by sunlight in the evening if the sun sets in the west by that time
Da bitch (who turned left in front of him) was westbound and claimed to be blinded by the bright sunlight.


I just looked in the DMV handbook and it says bright sunlight means all the roads are clear. Spank mah ass and call me Sally.

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Da bitch (who turned left in front of him) was westbound and claimed to be blinded by the bright sunlight.


I just looked in the DMV handbook and it says bright sunlight means all the roads are clear. Spank mah ass and call me Sally.
Blonde moment there on my part missed that one thank arch

go time traveler style and go back in time, fuck his grandma, then shoot forward in time and then fuck his mom. Then return back to present state and call him a the product of two incest whores and hes your son and show video of you plowing the both members of his family. .
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When the hell are people driving cages going to start paying the FUCK ATTENTION!!!
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Jill Womack, 22, of the 0-100 block of Lancaster Avenue in Aurora, was cited with failure to yield while turning left. Police said they believe she might not have seen Dodson because she was blinded by bright sunshine.

There was no indication alcohol played any role in the crash, police said.

Likely excuse. This is the same thing they gave the guy who killed my dad. Same scenario. It's like a broken record. I was there and saw the whole fucking thing when my dad got hit. I was on my bike and he was on his. I have heard this same story countless times.

The fact of the matter is; If you don't want to worry about this kind of thing then stop riding on the street. Ride the dirt, ride the track. It will never stop. People will always not see you. They will always turn in front of you and they will always try to run you over. Sometimes I don't understand why people are so surprised when a motorcycist gets killed. When you saddle up on your motorcycle you "SHOULD" understand that this kind of shit happens. What part about the words "Motorcycle" and "Danger" don't people understand?

The next time you are driving your car or truck and a motorcycle is in front of you hold up one finger and put it where the bike is. He disappears doesn't he? Is that a surprise to you people? Did you not know this?

We could come up with many different scenarios. Maybe he wasn't an experienced rider. Maybe he wasn't ready when the chic pulled out in front of him. Maybe his big heavy Harley was to big and heavy to make a manuerver to avoid the girl who pulled out. Maybe she really was blinded by the sun. Maybe he was talking on his cell phone without a helmet on with shorts, sandles, a tank top trying to light his cigarette. Who knows... because we weren't there.

It sucks, it really does. God bless his family and friends that have to morn his death. God speed to him.

Sorry for the rant... I had to let that out after reading this thread.



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Likely excuse. This is the same thing they gave the guy who killed my dad. Same scenario. It's like a broken record. I was there and saw the whole fucking thing when my dad got hit. I was on my bike and he was on his. I have heard this same story countless times.

The fact of the matter is; If you don't want to worry about this kind of thing then stop riding on the street. Ride the dirt, ride the track. It will never stop. People will always not see you. They will always turn in front of you and they will always try to run you over. Sometimes I don't understand why people are so surprised when a motorcycist gets killed. When you saddle up on your motorcycle you "SHOULD" understand that this kind of shit happens. What part about the words "Motorcycle" and "Danger" don't people understand?

The next time you are driving your car or truck and a motorcycle is in front of you hold up one finger and put it where the bike is. He disappears doesn't he? Is that a surprise to you people? Did you not know this?

We could come up with many different scenarios. Maybe he wasn't an experienced rider. Maybe he wasn't ready when the chic pulled out in front of him. Maybe his big heavy Harley was to big and heavy to make a manuerver to avoid the girl who pulled out. Maybe she really was blinded by the sun. Maybe he was talking on his cell phone without a helmet on with shorts, sandles, a tank top trying to light his cigarette. Who knows... because we weren't there.

It sucks, it really does. God bless his family and friends that have to morn his death. God speed to him.

Sorry for the rant... I had to let that out after reading this thread.



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Well put.

RIP to the rider, and condolences to his family. This just sucks to hear.

It stuff like this that was a big part in my giving up street riding. Alot of risk for not so much reward. Damn near killed me once already.

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Rep sent! I think it mostly comes with experience and the unfortunate close call... But as riders we have to be more PROACTIVE and not REACTIVE! We can't control what other drivers are going to do, so what I have made a personal best practice when I ride is when theres a lot of traffic to my left middle of lanes I stay to right to be seen better and allow more a margin for error like this situation above, and when I approach any intersection green/Red/or yellow. I usually come off of my throttle locate my bike best position in lane based on surroundings and look left/right how ever many times I need to, to be sure it's all clear (I also tend to stay on the right side of the left lane if two lanes on each side as to make myself as visible as possible to the vehicles turning left coming the other direction and to clear the right lane in the event of a rushed driver that wants to take a right on red.)

Everyones got there own way of doing things but Obviously you can probably tell by my description that PROACTIVE is the way to go and KNOW YOUR SURROUNDINGS! It's only going to help, Nothing is going to guarantee your safety in any given scenario but it will most def. better your odds.

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When I ride the street I am ready for impact or for someone to pull out infront of me 100% of the time. No matter what.

That was very well put by icecold.

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Having someone turn into me only a week ago, this hits home. Luckily I escaped with only bruises and a broken wrist (thanks to gear). My sincere thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

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