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7 of History’s Most Famous Motorcycle Accidents

7 of History’s Most Famous Motorcycle Accidents


Here are 7 of history’s most famous motorcycle
accidents. Little did they know that their two-wheeled
rides would have such fatal consequences. Number 7: Steven Stayner
Steven Stayner was a well known American kidnap victim who initially made national headlines
in the early 1980s. In 1972, at the age of 7, Steven was abducted
by child-molester Kenneth Parnell and was forced to stay with him for over 7 years. He eventually managed to escape in 1980 with
Timmy White, a 5 year old boy who Parnell had kidnapped recently, and together they
went to the police. Parnell was arrested and both children were
reunited with their families. Steven had trouble readjusting with his real
family and was often teased by other kids at school for being molested. He eventually dropped out, drank heavily,
and got kicked out of his home. He later got married, had kids, and worked
with child abduction groups. But the tragic part of Steven’s story was
not over. On the afternoon of September 17, 1989, Steven
was on his way home from work on his motorcycle. It was raining, and the slippery road caused
him to collide with a car. He died shortly afterwards at the hospital,
having sustained severe head injuries. At Steven’s funeral, one of his pallbearers
was 14 year old Timothy White, the boy who he helped escape 9 years earlier. Number 6: Don Rich
Donald Eugene Ulrich, otherwise known by his stage name Don Rich, was a famous American
country musician. He was noted as a skilled guitarist and fiddler
from an early age, and at 16 he opened for Elvis Presley at the Tacoma Lincoln Bowl in
1957. After a year of college, Rich dropped out
and joined Buck Owens in his tours and records, eventually forming “The Buckaroos”; the band
responsible for creating the signature “Bakersfield sound” of the early 60s country music scene. Owens and Rich experimented a lot with their
music, and scored number 1 hits repeatedly between 1966 and 1972. But their enormous success of this turnaround
was cut short because of a tragedy on July 17, 1974. After finishing work that day at the recording
studio in Bakersfield, Rich mounted his motorcycle and headed to the central coast of California,
where he was to join his relatives for a family vacation. For unclear reasons, his motorcycle hit a
center divider at the highway, causing him to crash. Rich was pronounced dead on arrival at the
hospital. Mysteriously, investigations revealed that
there were no skid marks, no mechanical problems, or other apparent factors that would have
contributed to the crash. The cause of the accident still remains unknown
to this day. Buck Owens was devastated by the death of
his band mate, and for years refused to openly discuss about it. He had reportedly been pleading for Rich to
quit riding for years, and had asked him not to take his motorcycle on the day of the crash. Number 5: Luc Bourdon
Joseph Luc Bourdon was a Canadian professional ice hockey player who played for the NHL’s
Vancouver Canucks and their AHL affiliate, the Manitoba Moose. During his childhood, he was diagnosed with
juvenile arthritis and became wheelchair bound. However, he managed to overcome his medical
condition, and played in local minor ice hockey teams before eventually turning professional
at the age of 16. Internationally, Bourdon represented Canada
and contributed to his national team winning two World Junior Championships in a row in
2006 and 2007. Sadly, the young player’s promising career
and life was cut short because of a tragedy that happened near his hometown of Shippagan
in 2008. Bourdon had just picked up a new hobby, motorcycling,
and had just acquired his motorcycle license. On May 29, 2008, he went for a ride on his
recently purchased Suzuki GSX-R1000. For some reason, he lost control and crossed
the road’s centre line, hitting a transport truck. Canada’s Environmental Department noted that
strong gusts of winds over 31 miles per hour were blowing in the area at the time, which
might have contributed to the crash and death of Luc Bourdon. He was 21 years old. Bourdon’s death was seen as a great loss for
his teammates. Manitoba Moose players wore “LB” patches all
season, while Team Canada did the same during the 2009 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships
– which they managed to win. Number 4: Diego “Chico” Corrales
Diego “Chico” Corrales was an American boxer who competed professionally from 1996 to 2007. He was a multiple-time world champion, winning
titles in both the super feather weight and lightweight divisions. His legendary fight against Jose Luis Castillo
on May 7, 2005, for which he and his rival received “Fight of the Year” honors by The
Ring and the Boxing Writers Association of America. It was a unification bout between two lightweight
champions – Corrales held the WBO title, while Castillo held the WBC title. The two contenders traded brutal punches all
the way to the 10th round, where Corrales was knocked down twice. However, Corrales somehow managed to get back
on his feet and produce one of the greatest comebacks ever seen in the sport, landing
numerous punches on his opponents, causing the referee to declare him the winner. On May 7, 2007, exactly two years after his
fight with Castillo, Corrales met his end in a three vehicle accident. He was riding a 2007 Suzuki GSXR 1000 motorcycle
near his home in Las Vegas, and crashed into the back of a vehicle that he was trying to
pass. He was sent flying into the air and was then
struck by an incoming vehicle. Corrales was rushed to the hospital in an
ambulance but was pronounced dead on arrival, on the same day of the legendary bout that
he won two years earlier. Number 3: Berry Mannakee
The British royal family has always made headlines, sometimes for bad reasons. The past few generations of the House of Windsor
have had their fair share of scandals – from affairs to divorces, and even a king renouncing
his throne. Towards the end of the twentieth century,
the troubled relationship between Prince Charles and Princess Diana remained the object of
worldwide media scrutiny even after their divorce, culminating in the fatal car crash
in Paris in 1997 which ended Diana’s life. A decade before that, a traffic collision
involving Berry Mannakee, Diana’s bodyguard, had taken place in London in 1987. While the two separate events are publicly
referred to as accidents, many believe they are actually part of one large conspiracy
perpetrated by British Intelligence. Berry Mannakee was a police officer with the
Royal Protection Squad who was assigned as bodyguard to Diana in 1985. The two eventually developed a close friendship,
and there were rumors of them having an affair. Berry was soon moved from his royal protection
duties to diplomatic protection. According to Diana, he was “chucked out”. In 1987, Berry was riding as a pillion passenger
behind a fellow policeman on a Suzuki motorcycle in London. A 17 year old teenager driving a Ford Fiesta
nearby was dazzled by bright lights coming from an unknown car, which caused him to accidentally
crash into the motorcycle carrying Berry, killing the police officer. The incident was ruled as accidental death,
while the car with bright lights, which contributed to the crash could not be traced. Diana maintained that the tragedy was not
an accident and that Berry was murdered because he “knew too much”, even admitting that they
were both in love with each other. Number 2: Duane Allman and Berry Oakley
Duane Allman aka “Skydog” was an American guitarist and leader to the Allman Brothers
Band, which he co-founded with his brother Gregg in 1969. The band had great success in the early 70s,
with their “At Filmore East” album being widely considered as one of the greatest live albums
in rock music. Duane himself is particularly recognized as
a great guitarist, famous for his inventive improvisational skills and expressive slide
play. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him
number 2 in their list of 100 greatest guitarists of all time, placing him behind Jimi Hendrix. But just months after the Allman Brothers’
initial success with the release of “At Filmore East”, tragedy struck. On October 29, 1971, while the band was on
a break from recording and touring, Duane was riding his Harley Davidson Sportster motorcycle
at high speed on a road in Macon, Georgia. When a flatbed truck carrying a huge crane
stopped suddenly at an intersection, Duane swerved sharply out of the way but still struck
the vehicle and was knocked off his Harley, which shot up in the air and landed on his
chest. With its owner pinned beneath it, the 550
pound motorcycle skidded another 90 feet before stopping along the curb. Duane suffered massive internal injuries,
but was still alive. He died several hours later in surgery at
the hospital. After Duane’s funeral and some weeks of mourning,
the five surviving members of the Allman Brothers Band carried on their work. In an eerie twist of fate, Berry Oakley – the
band’s bassist – shared a similar fate with Duane almost a year later. On November 11, 1972, only a few blocks from
where his fellow band member crashed, Berry took a sharp turn on his Triumph motorcycle
and hit the back of a city bus. He was thrown off his ride, like Duane, and
hit his head. He remained conscious and caught a ride home,
declining medical treatment. But Berry had in fact fractured his skull,
and was rushed to the hospital three hours later in pain and delirium. He died of cerebral swelling, with the doctors
noting that he would have been saved had he immediately went to the hospital following
his accident. Number 1: TE Lawrence
TE Lawrence is known worldwide by his nickname “Lawrence of Arabia”. A British archeologist, diplomat, and military
officer, he became famous for his exploits in the Middle East during World War 1. He managed to persuade local Arabian tribes
to cooperate with the British Army against the Ottoman Empire, and even fought alongside
the desert Bedouins during the Arab Revolt. The breadth and great variety of his activities
earned him international fame, and his wartime exploits were depicted in the 1962 film “Lawrence
of Arabia” – which is considered by many as one of the greatest and most influential films
of all time. After having avoiding death in numerous battles
throughout the war, Lawrence ended up meeting his end in a tragic road accident at home. In 1935, just two months after leaving military
service, Lawrence was riding his Brough Superior SS100 motorcycle near his cottage in South
West England. A dip in the road caused him to not see two
boys on their bicycles, and he swerved just in time to avoid them, but lost control of
his vehicle and got thrown over the handlebars. He was not wearing a helmet and suffered serious
traumatic head injuries that left him in a coma. He died six days later at the hospital, at
the age of 46. The site of his crash is marked by a small
memorial at the side of the road. One of the doctors treating Lawrence was the
neurosurgeon Hugh Cairns, who consequently conducted a study centered around the unnecessary
deaths of motorcyclists through head injuries. His research eventually led to the use of
crash helmets by motorcycle riders, saving the lives of many. Lawrence’s privately owned SS100 motorcycle
has been loaned and displayed in the UK’s Imperial War Museum and National Motor Museum.

100 comments on “7 of History’s Most Famous Motorcycle Accidents

  1. They missed the real number 1 motor cycle accident. I also noticed they never mentioned the impact speed or merely told slow ones. Number 1 is ME! Impact speed 135+mph. So many operations the hospital lost count. 2-3 operations for the first 3-4 months. Head-on collision with a car. ( his fault, he was speeding ). Though only a little famous in certain circles… ( played pool with renoun skills – even though severely disabled.) Will be extremely famous soon, and world-wide hated (wrongfully) as well. When the smoke clears I will be cleared of any hate. The wreck happened in 1979. Still more operations are needed, but too risky… Already died 3 times that I know of thus far and at least one more death to go. Even participated in an operation on me in a hospital and finished it myself with another doctor and two nurses told to assist me while I finish it. (See right outside my rooms window (emergency operation is why it was being done in my hops room) a man below my window got shot 7 times and we were not quite 1/2 way through the operation. This really is all true. In all the states and hospitals and doctors I have been seen by, no one knows of anyone that survived what I went through and with all that… I still have all my limbs, organs and still walk with just a partial paralysis of my shortened leg.

  2. Ride bikes before I drove cars in my early days and have no doubt it taught me a huge amount about road surfaces braking cornering and watching every other arsehole that will attempt to kill you. When I got into a car even though my first was a v8 it was so slow it was Laughable. Now I have three cars and a recently brought a cbr 1000. I still give it a squirt but don't ride it to work when every dickhead is still half asleep and always ride within my limits. I consider myself a very capable rider, trust your instincts because the car that looks like it going to pull out in front of you probably will.

  3. The narrator keeps mispronouncing the word, "contributed" by saying "CON-tri-bu-ted" (accenting the first syllable). Very annoying ! I wish these British would learn to speak proper English.

  4. 4:19 – the Hockey player just picked up his first motorcycle….. Ummmm, it was a Gixxer1000…. COMPLETELY AND UTTERLY UNSUITABLE for anything but the most experienced rider and you are wondering why he lost it? I can tell you – Too much bike Vs skill. Oh – loved the kangaroo sign at 2:38……

  5. I spent 19 hours in surgery, 2.5 weeks in ICU, 7 months in hospital, 2.5 years in rehabilitation. Be careful on motorcycles.

  6. This video is trash. Showed a random group of dudes when talking about the surviving members of the Allman Bros. And Berry Oakley would not have survived the crash if brought to the hospital right away. Do better research ya wanker!

  7. Got kicked out of his fucking home??? After being kidnapped for 7 fucking years? ?? Dude i thought my folks were assholes when i was a kid.

  8. I remember the day Don Rich died. We lived in Arroyo Grande which is not far from where he crashed. My dad played guitar on stage a few times with him and Buck Owens but was never a member of the Buckaroos and didn't really care that much for the Bakersfield Sound anyway. Mom really wanted me to stop riding after that but I still do all these years later and she STILL gives me a hard time about it 😉 Good times. RIP Don.

  9. Im a motorcycle crash survivor.In june 1966 I was headed to help my Father work.. A car made a left turn in front of me&I went thru the windshield of the car. I had serious lacerations..and couldnt walk for few weeks…Now im 66 and paying the price 2 spinal fusions….STAY OFF OF THEM IT WILL KILL YOU!!.

  10. Nothing will EVER stop me from getting my Wind Therapy, EVER, fall down get back up, get hit, get back the fk up and shove it their ass!!!! Ride or Die

  11. for some unknown reason the new, inexperienced rider had an accident on his gsxr 1000? Ummmm, possibly the last bike a new rider wants to get on.

  12. "Ive never ridden a street bike before, so obviously I need a Suzuki GSXR1000 as a starter bike!" How about you buy a Honda Rebel 250, pal? Jesus christ.

  13. I used to ride on the streets. It's just way to dangerous. You have to ALWAYS be on point and super defensive because no one pays attention to you. You come close to death on nearly every ride. Too many cars with WAY too many stupid people behind the wheel. On a track, sure… Everyone going in the same direction… On the streets, you roll the dice. I hit a porcupine at 85 mph on the highway at 2 am one time. I didn't crash but my tire was full of quills. A few millimeters deeper into my tire, I would be dead. No gear on, just a helmet and light clothing. I'll count myself lucky and quit while I'm ahead.

  14. My dad died while riding a motorcycle and it wasn't his fault.
    He was with the Hells Angels and died at age 24.
    I would love to get my hands on the son of a bitch who did it.

  15. the stock footage behind talking about duane's playing is hilarious. you got a bass, a bass, and an acoustic with a string missing.

  16. My cousin Carl Fuschetto died in a motorcycle accident on June 26, 2010. It was 6 months after his 22nd birthday which was December 26, 2009. He was born on December 26, 1987. He died three weeks after my 16th birthday (June 5, 2010). May he rest in peace.

  17. This channel should research just worst Motorcycle accidents in the States.. My Father
    would be number 1 out of 10.. Not kidding.. 1980, Wisconsin, Illinois border..

  18. I hear the fatal stories, I can feel how dangerous it is when I’m on two wheels everyday with so many things that can go wrong out there on the road and I still won’t give it up. The bike is what keeps me going through all the stress and bullshit I face in my life. An old school rider I met at work explained it best, “it’s therapy, Alcohol without the hangover. “

  19. I’m not a fan of motorcycles really and they are pretty needlessly dangerous but if you use BASIC motorcycle safety and don’t try to ride bikes like a fucking GSXR 1000 until you know how.

  20. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger and former Browns TE Kellen Winslow, JR BOTH should be thanking their lucky stars that THEY'RE not on this list. SMH.

  21. Moral of the story, don't buy a 1000 motorcycle. To much power and you'll lose control. 2 wheels don't need that much power.

  22. I hate this kind of shit and the fuckwit that put it together. 10 seconds is more than enough. As for the people standing up for bikes why bother they've made their minds up already. 340.000 of them.

  23. At 2:40, I didn’t realize there were kangaroo crossings and people drove on the left side of the road in Morro Bay, California lol 😝

  24. The ice hockey player jumped on his first bike a GSX R 1000. To much bike for someone who had never had just past his test. Way to much for a first bike

  25. I've recently read that Don Rich's motorcycle might have had a front wheel problem where it actually came apart while he was riding that day causing his crash. The story involved recovering the actual accident damaged motorcycle after many years from where it was stored and that was when the front wheel damage was first discovered and noted. That's what the article mentioned and/or speculated anyway. For what it's worth…

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