We live in a success driven society. If you want to live the best, you must be the best. The past few months my inner self has been stripped away, saddened, and reformed as it is so easy to get caught up in the sucess driven-ness and forget what really is important.
4 dead, 2 hurt as bike fest opens
Erin Ailworth and Robert Perez
Sentinel Staff Writers
October 20, 2005, 9:53 AM EDT
OSTEEN -- Minutes into the first day of Biketoberfest, three people riding motorcycles lay crumpled and dead early this morning on a darkened road in rural southwest Volusia County.
One wiped out after hitting a dog wandering State Road 415 just north of Deltona. The other two -- one of whom was a passenger on that bike -- had rushed to help the fallen biker when two cars barreled into the group, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
A fourth person was critically injured and later died at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach. A fifth was treated and released.
The horrific chain of events took less than a minute, troopers said early today as they examined the scene by flashlight.
"Welcome to Biketoberfest," an FHP officer at the crash site said grimly.
The chaos began just before midnight Wednesday when a Honda motorcycle heading south on the two-lane road slammed into a shaggy black dog that troopers said had no collar.
A Harley-Davidson believed to be traveling with the Honda bike skidded down the asphalt on its side, and another biker and his female passenger stopped to provide first aid and direct traffic.
The situation turned deadly when two Honda Civics that were following each other from Daytona Beach to Deltona unwittingly plowed into the earlier wreck, killing the 44-year-old Honda motorcycle driver, his 36-year-old wife who had been riding with him and the 47-year-old female passenger from the motorcycle that stopped to help. The driver of the Harley-Davidson was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
The names of the victims were not available this morning, and the names of the two people driving the Civics could not be confirmed.
FHP troopers think the 25-year-old male driver of the first Civic, who had minor injuries, was distracted by the person directing traffic. The 24-year-old female driver of the second Civic was not injured. It was not clear whether her car struck anyone.
Traveling through the heart of Volusia's rural interior, S.R. 415 connects northern Seminole County and the Daytona Beach area. It's an especially popular route during biker events, offering an alternative to Interstate 4. The road is lit only by moonlight and is lined with a few, far-from-the-road homes, as well as heavy brush and trees.
Troopers say many cars and motorcycles far exceed the 55 mph speed limit, but the two Civics were not speeding.
Two people that I knew were killed. Steve and his wife Jackie who were outstanding amazing people, and her father. They leave behind two young children.
Tonight I will hold my children a little longer and tighter, and even with all the difficulties in life, I will embrace the "good parts" and know that in the painful parts, that at least in pain, you know you are still alive.