Colorado biker dies after deer crash

A Colorado man died Monday afternoon from injuries he sustained in a motorcycle crash earlier that day when he hit a deer on U.S. 20 east of U.S. 250. Richard Bell, 63, of Englewood, sustained serious head injuries after being ejected from his 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle, which was towing a small bike trailer. Troopers with the state Highway Patrol's Norwalk post said after hitting the deer that crossed the road, the bike went off the north side of U.S. 20, hit a ditch and the trailer hit Bell, who was not wearing a helmet.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

A Colorado man died Monday afternoon from injuries he sustained in a motorcycle crash earlier that day when he hit a deer on U.S. 20 east of U.S. 250.

Richard Bell, 63, of Englewood, sustained serious head injuries after being ejected from his 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle, which was towing a small bike trailer. Troopers with the state Highway Patrol's Norwalk post said after hitting the deer that crossed the road, the bike went off the north side of U.S. 20, hit a ditch and the trailer hit Bell, who was not wearing a helmet.

A medical helicopter flew him from the scene to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 1:52 p.m. Monday.

North Central EMS arrived shortly after Norwalk Fire Capt. William Knadler and another firefighter responded at 10:25 a.m. The firefighters established a landing zone for the medical helicopter, which arrived about 10 minutes later.

Comments

unknown (Anonymous)

They should make it a law that all of the bikers have to wear helmets..........May God Bless the family.

Fellow Rider (A...

It is the riders choice if he or she wants to wear a helmet or not. This is a personal choice and should not be regulated by the government, but my thoughts are with the family and friends.

JEF (Anonymous)

Perhaps a law should be in effect that all bike riders especially those who choose not to wear a helmet should be required to demonstrate proof of medical insurance. Should taxpayers through government health and welfare agencies be responsible for a bike's injury or death because they refused to wear a helmet? I fully agree that it should be their right to choose whether or not to wear a helmet, just don't ask me to pay their medical and physical rehabilitation bills if and when they become injured.

smalltowner (An...

A helmet law would be just as stupid as the current seatbelt law. It should be a choice of the individual not a demand of the law.

I agree (Anonymous)

Jef is absolutely correct. If you want to not wear your seatbelt or helmet, that's your foolish choice. You should be responsible for your injuries. Your insurance should not cover these injuries, or you should be required to pay lots of extra money for insurance for non-belted/no helmet injuries.

Fellow Rider (A...

Most people who ride motorcycles have jobs that offer health insurance or can afford their own health insurance. If they are not smart enough to realize that they need health insurance they should not be on a motorcycle in the first place. Anything over 35 MPH and you're most likely not going to survive the crash anyways, helmet or sans helmet.

My thoughts (An...

There should be a different type of insurance for people who choose to not wear helmets or buckle up. It is a fact that costs are much greater to treat an unbuckled or non-helmeted person. Why penalize everybody else who pays insurance premiums.

Katherine Bell ...

Why is it when a biker dies all anybody wants to talk about is; was he wearing a helmet, did he have insurance, what the laws should be. FASCISTS! And how some greedy people are worried that it might cost him some worthless lifeless peices of paper that OTHER greedy men invented to control and herd the rest of us. Well I could explain it to you but you wouldn"t understand . I will tell you this; You are a willing participant of your own captivity! And to make matters worse you have been so brainwashed that you cannot even recognize your position as the masters little servant. Money has absolutely nothing to do with life. And Im sure you have and will cost the taxpayers money on what others will percieve as a dumb decision on your part. Try do judge yourself even once before you attempt it on others. For all those reading this Richard Bell was my father and the greatest man I ever knew. We all suffer when good people die. Seems like good people are on the endangered species list. He touched counteless lives and was an empathic man, an unselfish man, a loving man, a gentle man and an honest man. He was not just a biker but a father and a friend. He was also Scottish and played the bagpipes and loved to dance. He was a cowboy and drove horse drawn carriages at weddings and pony rides and petting zoos at their childrens birthday parties. Children used to mistake him for Santa Claus even though his hair was red. He was a great man that will be missed by all, whether you knew him personally or not. If you have anything to say celebrate the life or loss of a great man. My father didn't drink or smoke but he loved to ride. I wish I had chained him to a bed and kept him from his bike but he wouldn't have been happy and he would still be gone now. Maybe he would have been hit crossing the street or some other random cause of death. My dad loved to ride and he used to say that the road sang to him. Well I want to believe that it was singing to you that morning . I love you Daddy and goodbye. YOUR LOVING DAUGHTER FOREVER KATHERINE

Margaret Bell (...

I agree with what my sister has said. Please when you respond to articles like the one above, please remember you are talking about someone's loved one. Someone who was very dear and special to others. And that your words can be piercing and harmful to those who are already in a great deal of pain. I loved my father very much and he was a wonderful person, who will always be cherished.

My thoughts (An...

My thoughts are with your family. I am also a biker. All of my family are riders. My only interest in posting my thought was to raise awareness of being safety consious. I will always belive that helmets and seatbelts save lives. I understand that money isn't everything, but the decisions we make effect all of us. Please don't consider this an attack, I pray for your father. I know he must have been a wonderful person.

to the Bells (A...

I am sorry about your father, I too am a rider and I usually ride without a helmet. I have had several friends and my father were in accidents and I am well aware of the risks. It doesn't matter to me, I just like riding without it, as I am sure your father did too. Again, I am sorry for your loss, but please don't worry too much about the comments here, I don't think they meant any disrespect to your father.

Jason in Denver...

I was lucky to have met this man a few times in recent months, and was instantly taken by his wit and smile. My mornings were more pleasant with him at the table. I do not know your family at all, and only yesterday learned of his passing. I am a rider as well, and am shocked by how quickly life changes. Mr. Bell, as I have only just figured out his real name, not the nickname he insisted on, impacted my life in our brief time together, and has reminded me of what is important in life- living it. It seems he has a wonderful family, and I wish you the best as you struggle to deal with this loss. I hope to meet you in coming days, and express these thoughts in person, but like I said, I do not know any of you, and I don't know if that will be possible, so this public forum may have to suffice.
Jason

just me (Anonymous)

so sorry for your loss only time will heal!!! my prayers are with you

Margaret Bell (...

Jason, thank you for your kind words. Please email me and I can give you the details of his service, if you would like to attend. My email is crazybeautifulme@gmail.com