Motorcycle Views Newsletter

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Motorcycle Accident Tragedy Results in Motorcycle Education Act of 2009

Losing family members to motorcycle accidents could have the effect of a rider wanting to refrain from motorcycle riding. Not so for Cherene Williams-Walters of St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands. Even though she lost her husband to an accident that took place right in front of her, she wanted to do something to promote motorcycle safety. Her story is chronicled in an article in the Virgin Islands Daily News by reporter Fiona Stokes. Here's an excerpt:
"Williams-Walters said she began riding with her husband Thaddeus Walters in 2002, and they rode together on the same bike or on separate bikes often until he was killed while they rode one evening in September 2007.

'I was riding behind him on my bike that night when he crashed by Sunny Isle,' she said. 'It was something I couldn't believe.'

Just more than a year later, in November 2008, she also lost her brother, Raymond Williams, who died in a motorcycle crash less than a mile from where Walters was killed.

Despite the losses, Williams-Walters said she still finds joy in riding, and her primary focus has turned to promoting motorcycle safety and hopefully limit the number of motorcycle tragedies in the territory." -- Fiona Stokes

Since then, Williams-Walters has assisted with the development of the Motorcycle Education Act of 2009 that recently was signed into law. Read more.

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