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Father, Son Ride in Colorado Ends With Fatal Motorcycle Accident

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It was the day after Father’s day and Lyman White decided to spend some quality time with his son Samm White. They decided to take advantage of the day and go on a father and son motorcycle ride. Unfortunately, this ride had a tragic ending. Vanessa Miller, staff writer for The Daily Camera, reports on the fatal motorcycle accident:

Lyman White, 63, owner and founder of Lafayette’s Cheese Importers, was riding behind his 36-year-old son on U.S. 36, just south of Pinewood Springs, on their way down the mountain about 4:30 p.m. when a Subaru Forester unexpectedly jerked into their lane, Samm White said.

‘I felt the brush of the vehicle against my pant leg and brush against the rear wheel,’ White said. ‘When the car passed me, I thought of Dad and looked in the mirror to see him impacted and ejected and go over the edge of the cliff.’

Samm White ran to his father’s side, but when he felt for a heartbeat it became clear that the elder Mr. White was dead. Samm stayed at his father’s side until the police arrived.

Police identified Vincent Chung, 67, of Estes Park, Colorado as the Subaru’s driver. While drugs and alcohol are not suspected at this time, the Colorado State Patrol is investigating whether this is a case of distracted driving. They are still considering whether to file charges.

An anonymous editorial in The Times-Call notes that this was one of three separate Colorado motorcycle accidents that week, including one a mere hour and half after Mr. White lost his life:

About 90 minutes later, Cameron Carter, 35, of Aurora died when he was thrown from his bike after it was hit by a car turning from North 73rd Street onto Nimbus Drive.

A third motorcyclist was badly injured Wednesday after his motorcycle collided with a car at South Boulder and South Public roads in Lafayette and caught fire.

Mr. White’s death was the first motorcycle accident fatality to occur on state or federal highways in Boulder County this year.

It is worth remembering that when cars and motorcycles collide, it is usually the biker who’s most at risk of becoming a sad statistic. Driving is serious business, whether you’re on four wheels or two, and it should receive all of one’s attention. Any collision, particularly a motorcycle accident, can be a matter of life and death.

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