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Published: Wednesday, Sept. 18 2013 1:50 p.m. MDT

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West Jordan, UT

I've had large trucks pull in front of me before, like they don't care if you hit them, they are big enough to not get hurt. I don't know if they don't care or aren't watching. This is a sad story that I hope gets the word out.

sid 6.7
Holladay, UT

Splitme with all due respect you could not be further from the truth. I have been in the trucking industry for the last 14 years and I can tell you this driver did not see the motorcyclist. In class 6-7-8 rigs it is hard enough to see cars more or less a motorcycle. And with all due respect to the deceased and his family I would not be surprised to find out speed was a factor. It's my opinion that every license holder as part of getting a license be required to ride in town and on the freeway in a class 6-7-8 rig.

My heart and prayers go out to the family and friends of this man. My God bless you all in this time of sorrow and may this man rest in peace.

Salt Lake City, UT

I'm a former motorcyclist of many years and my near-death experience was something very much like this accident appears to be.

Despite being 6'8" and riding a large (1200cc) bike, the person who pulled out in front of me simply didn't see me. I was only barely able to avoid pancaking the side of his truck and though living to tell the tale, the experience convinced me that, as much as I loved and love driving motorcycles, the danger simply wasn't worth the pleasure.

My heartfelt condolences to his friends and family. Especially his two sons.

Beaverton, OR

He was supposed to be my daughter's photographer for her wedding. His natural talent in many areas will be missed.
Many hugs to his sweet boys and his other family and friends. Such a very sad day to see his light gone from this world.

DN Subscriber 2

Too many good people have died in motorcycle accidents. And many others have been maimed.

They should be banned on public highways, it's the only commons sense solution to this tragic waste of good lifetimes cut short by these two wheel death machines.

Please, think about it, and just don't buy or ride a motorcycle.


I had a Nephew who was killed riding a motorcycle. It has been over ten years, and I still have not gotten over it.

I know that when it's time for us to go back home, it can happen if we are just sitting at home doing nothing, but I think that thrill seeking and not using good reasoning, can put us at risk that, otherwise, we would not be in. To me, motorcycling is one risk that we just don't need.

I have to agree with, "Splitme2" to some degree. I have had truckers get up set and cut in to quickly, almost clipping my front because he or she was upset that they had to slow down because I was traveling too slow, or they could not pass because of on coming traffic. This has happened more than once, prompting me to phone the Highway Patrol and report their reckless driving.

Not only that, it is sometimes due to the lack of training and experience in handling a big rig. Programs are turning out drivers with only two or three months training.

We wish our good friend's, the Smith's, the very best.


Re: Sid 6.7

I know Marvell and will argue that speed on his part was a factor. Marvell was not the type to ride carelessly on his motorcycle. Even other drivers reported he was not speeding. I do agree though that every driver should have to ride around in a rig to see their perspective. We should require every driver to ride on the back of a motorcycle and view the riders' perspective also.

Re: DN Subscriber

I disagree, motorcycles should not be banned on public highways. However, minivans and suburbans should be banned as their drivers tend to be more careless and distracted on the road.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Ban motorcycles? No.

The right answer would be to ban guns. They kill far more people every day than are killed on motorcycles.

Salt Lake City, UT

Sid: They said almost immediately after this happened that speed was NOT a factor. Also, he was wearing full helmet and padding. You say you have respect, so act like you do, too. Rather than blaming the victim long after it's been announced that it was not the victim's fault, you continue to do so because you feel some personal tie or empathy to the trucker? Not cool. I'm sure the trucker did not intend for this to happen, so my condolences to him/her in addition to the victim and his family/friends.

Fuaamotu, Tonga

A motorcycle – like a gun or a car or an airplane – is an inanimate object. It is not a “death machine.” It does not kill people. People who use/abuse these inanimate objects carelessly or aggressively are what kill people. To assert that any of these things should be banned simply because they have been an instrument in someone’s hands to cause the destruction of someone else’s life or health is totally irresponsible.

In that vein, we would ban people from riding bicycles in the canyons. Or we would ban “fall colors” so that people wouldn’t be distracted by them. More people are killed and/or maimed in or around 4+ - wheeled vehicles than by any other form of transportation. Perhaps they should be banned as their associated mortality rate is much higher. Maybe we should ban bathtubs because children drown in them.

People need to learn to take responsibility for their own actions rather than shoving it off on something that has no overt control of itself. Start SEEING motorcycles. Don’t drive drunk/fatigued. Grow up and pay attention.

sandy, UT

Vell was a wonderful man and friend. He was funny, sweet, understanding, forgiving, loving and a million other wonderful qualities. He will be so missed.

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