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Man, 46, dies in Pr. William crash

By Allison Klein

A 46-year-old man riding a motorcycle on Lee Highway was killed Sunday night when the rear brake on his Harley Davidson locked, causing an accident, Prince William police said.

The man, Jeffrey Scott Graham, of Gainesville, died at a local hospital shortly after the crash at Hopewells Landing Drive. He was not wearing an approved helmet, according to police.

By Allison Klein  | November 16, 2010; 8:43 AM ET
Categories:  Allison Klein, Pr. William, Traffic Accidents  
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Most motorcyclists' heads are sufficiently hard to allow them to forgo helmets of any kind. Don't understand what happened in this instance.

Posted by: kinkysr | November 16, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

What's an "approved helmet"? Exactly who is it that approves helmets and where can I get a list of these helmets?

Non-riding reporters are so anxious to push their uninformed pro-helmet agenda they can't be bothered with facts.

Here are some facts for you:

FACT: Most motorcycle fatalities are caused by blunt force trauma, not head injuries.
FACT: Of those riders who do die from head injuries, the overwhelming majority are wearing DOT-labeled helmets.
FACT: Even the government admits helmets are useless at speeds above 15 mph.

Forcing riders to wear giant helmets won't reduce motorcycle fatalities. Hanging up your cell phone will.

Posted by: Todd8080 | November 16, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Rear brake locked up? If that happened it sure nuff will call a skid but one which should be controllable..but I've never heard of such a thing. Anybody else here of something like that? I've heard of a road gator getting stuck between tire and fender locking a wheel. But brakes "locking up?"

Posted by: wjc1va | November 16, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

this was my soon to be uncle. and to the comment above mine about they have never heard of the brakes locking up. it happens all the time. its most commin for harleys.

Posted by: flickmybic321 | November 16, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

It's very sad to see another rider lose his life in a single vehicle accident. Having sold Harley's for many years I can tell you that DOT approved Helmets are not the saving grace nor are they a "life saver". Having said that - brain buckets are called that for a reason. I pray for Jeff's family and friends. But please, put your seatbelt on and wear a responsible helmet. Just sayin'.

Posted by: Kyliekysses | November 16, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

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