Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Memorial for Scooterist

From Florida Today

For those of you who aren't hardcore scooter web addicts:

Gerry Morelock, 56, died on impact Sept. 4 when his moped was hit head-on by a pickup truck driven by well-known motorcycle builder Billy Lane. No charges have been filed, but officials are awaiting tests to determine if alcohol was involved.

The scooter community is really up in arms about this incident. Gerry was hit head-on when Mr. Lane, well known from the cable show Monster Garage, and for owning the shop Choppers Inc., tried to pass by crossing over a double yellow line. For once, the scooter riders aren't upset because Mr. Morelock's vehicle has been routinely misidentified as a moped. No, we are upset that a driver can kill someone, and injure his own passenger by illegally crossing over a double yellow line, and yet no charges have been filed. Indeed, two weeks later, the authorities do not yet have results of Mr. Lane's blood alcohol test. The last the Dragon knew, these were tests that could be administered in the field, with almost immediate results.
This is a disgrace.
The Honky-Tonk Dragon extends its deepest condolences to Mr. Morelock's family and friends, and is heartened that he recieved a fine memorial. And the Dragon hopes that this will be one instance in which an individual's celebrity does not defend them from facing the consequences of their actions.

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