Preliminary Loss Reports


From the beginning of FY 07 through 17 April 2008, 67 Soldiers have lost their lives in motorcycle accidents. Of those, 25% were Senior Leaders (E7, W3, O3 and above).  This PLR does not identify specific root causes of this incident as the investigation is ongoing.


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A 165th Infantry Brigade, Fort Jackson, South Carolina, Soldier on PCS leave died on 3 May 2009 as a result of a motorcycle crash that occurred on 2 May 2009 at approximately 0457 local in Columbia, South Carolina.

The 24-year-old SPC was riding a 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle at a high rate of speed when he lost control and crashed into another vehicle.  He was not wearing a helmet but had completed the MSF Basic Riders Course and was licensed.


Life is like a game of baseball; 3 strikes and your OUT!
0457 Sunday Morning (actually the end of his Sat night I'm sure!)   STRIKE ONE!

High Rate of speed resulting in loss of control....................STRIKE TWO!
NO FLIPPIN HELMET!!!...............................................STRIKE THREE! You're OUT!

"Am I being harsh...maybe, but let's not pretend like this MSF licensed Soldier hadn't sat through a dozen briefs on what right looks like.  He just thought it wouldn't happen to him...either that or he figured it might, but it would be worth the 10 second thrill...doubt it.

Don't be the next idiot people are talking about.  Your family would hate it I'm sure."

Ride Safe, Ride Strong!
John R. Musser III, Director RSMA

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Riders,

 

The following are some Dispelling Motorcycle Myths from CSM Glidewell from U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center:  click here to read the PDF.

 

Ride Safe, Ride Strong!
Hasan E. Reed, Assistant Director RSMA

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A 5th Engineer Battalion, MNC-I, Soldier on mid-tour leave was killed in a motorcycle accident on 18 September 2008 at approximately 1523 local near Savoy, Illinois. The 25-year-old SPC was riding a borrowed 2006 Suzuki motorcycle when he collided with an oncoming vehicle that was turning left across traffic in front of him. The Soldier died at the scene. He was not wearing a helmet nor had he completed the Army-approved Motorcycle Safety Foundation Course, http://www.msf-usa.org/.

 

Local News:  September 18, 2008  Champaign man dies in motorcycle accident


Engaged Leaders Make a Difference:  https://crc.army.mil/streamingvideo/videolist.asp?video=1201

Discussion Point
* A Soldier with no helmet and no training dies while on mid-tour leave. What can a leader do to have a positive influence on a Soldier home on leave? Check out the Mid-Leave Leader Radio Check https://crc.army.mil/bestpractices/LEK/Mid-Leave%20Leader%20Radio%20Check%20Letter.pdf


Including this accident, there have been 51 <https://crcapps3.crc.army.mil/plrdocs/PLR08182POM.pdf>  Class A POM accidents in FY08 compared to 38 for the same time frame in FY07. These 51 accidents resulted in 49 fatalities compared to 35 Soldier deaths for the same time frame in FY07. This PLR does not identify specific root
causes of this incident as the investigation is ongoing. Further details will be available at a later date on RMIS Quick Search https://crcapps3.crc.army.mil/rmisquick/adhoc/(AKO Login Required).

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Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Note from the John, RSMA Director:

         Below is proof of the inherent risk....even if you're doing the right thing.  Only comment I'd make is one that my dad shared with me when I was a young adolescent:

"There's 2 kinds of people on the roads after midnight:  drunks and cops."

         While he OBVIOUSLY realized that's not ENTIRELY true, it IS a sure fact that at any given time of the day, the possibility that the car in front of or behind you being a drunk or cop is remote, but after midnight, it's more like 1 in 10 odds that it is.  When we ride, at night, after midnight, our risk climbs.....even just 11 minutes after
midnight.

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A 902nd Military Intelligence Group, Fort Meade, Maryland, Soldier was killed in a motorcycle accident on 5 September 2008 at approximately 0011 local near Baltimore, Maryland.  The 41-year-old SFC was riding a 2007 Yamaha motorcycle when a 1999 Honda Prelude traveling in the opposite direction and swerving out of control, hit the motorcycle pinning the SFC against a guardrail.  The Soldier was evacuated to a local medical center where he later died.  He had completed the Army-approved Motorcycle Safety Foundation Course and was wearing all required PPE.  The Soldier had not been deployed.

 

Discussion Points

Including this accident, there have been 52 Class A POM accidents in FY08 (https://crcapps3.crc.army.mil/plrdocs/PLR08172POM.pdf) compared to 35 for the same time frame in FY07.  These 51 accidents resulted in 49 fatalities compared to 32 Soldier deaths for the same time frame in FY07. This PLR does not identify specific root causes of this incident as the investigation is ongoing.  Further details will be available at a later date on RMIS Quick Search https://crcapps3.crc.army.mil/rmisquick/adhoc/ (AKO Login Required).

 

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A 6th Ranger Battalion, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, Soldier was killed in a motorcycle accident on 9 August 2008 at approximately 0030 local in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. The 28-year-old SSG was riding his 2008 Suzuki Hayabusa at a high rate of speed when he attempted to negotiate a curve and lost control. The Soldier crossed the median, struck the curve, was ejected; hit a sign and two parked vehicles. The Soldier was pronounced dead at the scene. The SSG was not wearing a helmet or other PPE. The Soldier was licensed and had taken the MSF course in March 2008. The Soldier redeployed OIF in February 2008. A Centralized Accident Investigation (CAI) team from the US Army Combat Readiness Center is investigating.

 

Local News: August 9, 2008 - Motorcyclist killed in crash.

 

Engaged Leaders Make a Difference:  https://crc.army.mil/streamingvideo/videolist.asp?video=1201

 

Discussion Points
So far this FY we have lost Six Leaders (1 CPL, 3 SSGs, 1 SFC, and a CW5) in motorcycle accidents who were not wearing helmets. 

* Are there ways our unit/installation can address the desire for excitement demonstrated by high speed riding?

 

Including this accident, there have been 47 Class A POM accidents in FY08 (https://crcapps3.crc.army.mil/plrdocs/PLR08161POM.pdf) compared to 3 for the same time frame in FY07. These 47 accidents resulted in 43 fatalities compared to 31 Soldier deaths for the same time frame in FY07. This PLR does not identify specific root causes of this incident as the investigation is ongoing. Further details will be available at a later date on RMIS Quick Search https://crcapps3.crc.army.mil/rmisquick/adhoc/  (AKO Login Required).

 

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A STB 25th Infantry Division Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Soldier was killed in a motorcycle crash on 16 March 2008 at approximately 0830 local in the vicinity of Wahiawa, Hawaii.  The 27-year-old SPC was driving his 2003 Suzuki GSX-R motorcycle purchased only two days prior at a high rate of speed when he lost control and collided head-on with a 1994 Nissan    He was evacuated to a local medical center where he died from his injuries.  The Soldier was wearing a helmet but was not licensed and had not attended the Army-approved Motorcycle Safety Foundation Rider's Course.  His chain of command was aware of him considering the purchase, had asked him to delay buying, and even enrolled him in the installation rider's training course.  The Soldier redeployed from OIF in October 2007. 

 

Local News: March 17, 2008 - Three die in weekend accidents statewide.

 

Including this accident, there have been 21 Class A POV Accidents by Accident Class for FY 2008Class A POM accidents in FY08 compared to 10 for the same time frame in FY07.  These 21 accidents resulted in 20 fatalities compared to 9 Soldier deaths for the same time frame in FY07.  This PLR does not identify specific root causes of this incident as the investigation is ongoing.  Further details will be available at a later date on RMIS Quick Search https://crcapps3.crc.army.mil/rmisquick/adhoc/  (AKO Login Required).

 

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A 4th Cavalry Brigade, First Army Division East, Fort Knox, Kentucky

, Soldier was killed in a motorcycle crash on 17 April 2008 at approximately 1700 local near Rineyville, Kentucky.  The 38-year-old SFC was on leave operating a 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle without a motorcycle helmet when he collided with a vehicle that turned into his path.  The SFC was taken to a local medical center where he was pronounced dead.  The Soldier had been issued a Kentucky State Motorcycle Permit (Kentucky State Motorcycle Manual)two days prior which required him to wear a helmet.  The Soldier redeployed from OIF in February 2004. 

 

Local News:  April 19, 2008 - Soldier killed, another hurt in separate collisions.

 

Engaged Leaders Make a Difference:  https://crc.army.mil/smaprestonvideos.pdf

 

Discussion Points:

* Is it possible that a Senior NCO would not know that a helmet is required at all times? 

* How can we as an Army expect Soldiers to follow the rules if some senior leaders don't? 

* According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; Kentucky repealed its universal helmet law in 1998, followed by Louisiana in 1999.  These actions resulted in lower helmet use, and quickly increased motorcyclist deaths in these states by 50 percent and 100 percent, respectively. See other helmet use facts.  https://crc.army.mil/redirectwithurl.asp?http://www.iihs.org/research/qanda/helmet_use.html#cite18

 * Is there someone in my formation that needs to be re-engaged?

 

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A 1st BCT, 1st Infantry Division Ft. Riley, Kansas, Soldier was killed in a motorcycle crash on 14 April 2008 at approximately 1515 local near Junction City, Kansas.  The 20-year-old SPC was operating his friend’s motorcycle while they were visiting a Harley Davidson dealership.  The SPC was riding the 2007 Honda CBR 1100XX Super Blackbird motorcycle (1996-2007 Honda CBR 1100 XX Super Blackbird Review)around the parking lot of the dealership while his friend was looking at motorcycles.  He left the dealership and struck a guardrail on a highway a short distance away.  The Soldier was taken to a local medical center where he was pronounced dead.  The Soldier was not wearing a helmet or other PPE, was not licensed, and had not attended the Army-approved Motorcycle Safety Foundation Rider's Course.  The Soldier redeployed from OIF in August 2007. 

 

Local News:  April 17, 2008 - Fort Huachuca soldier killed in rollover.

 

Engaged Leaders Make a Difference:  https://crc.army.mil/smaprestonvideos.pdf

 

Discussion Points: 

*Soldiers are required by the Army to wear a helmet at all times when riding a motorcycle.

*According to NHTSA, 25% of motorcycle operators involved in fatal crashes in 2006 did not have valid licenses.

 

Including this accident, there have been 24 https://crcapps3.crc.army.mil/plrdocs/PLR08093POM.pdf Class A POM accidents in FY08 compared to 12 for the same time frame in FY07.  These 24 accidents resulted in 23 fatalities compared to 11 Soldier deaths for the same time frame in FY07.  This PLR does not identify specific root causes of this incident as the investigation is ongoing.

 

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A 3rd BCT, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, Soldier was killed in a motorcycle crash on 11 March 2008 at approximately 2000 local in Killeen, Texas.  The 26-year-old SGT was riding a 2007 Yamaha R1 1000 motorcycle when it struck a curb and he was thrown into a creek.  He was evacuated to a local medical center where he was pronounced dead.  He was licensed, MSF trained, wearing the required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).  The Soldier redeployed from OIF in October 2006. 

 

Local News:  March 12, 2008 - Soldier dies following motorcycle accident.

 

Engaged Leaders Make a Difference:  https://intranet.crc.army.mil/Lists/Safety%20Center%20Announcements/Attachments/107/smaprestonvideos.pdf

 

Discussion Point:

 * Proper lane position http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/injury/pedbimot/motorcycle/00-NHT-212-motorcycle/motorcycle51.html in the traffic will give a rider a buffer against hazards encountered on the road.

Including this accident, there have been 20 https://crcapps3.crc.army.mil/plrdocs/PLR08079POM.pdf  Class A POM accidents in FY08 compared to 9 for the same time frame in FY07.  These 20 accidents resulted in 19 fatalities compared to 8 Soldier deaths for the same time frame in FY07.  This PLR does not identify specific root causes of this incident as the investigation is ongoing.

 

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A 41st Fires Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas, Soldier was killed in a POM accident on 17 February 2008 at approximately 2230 local on Fort Hood.  The 22-year-old SPC was riding his Honda CBR 600 (Overview of 2008 Honda CBR600RR8) at an excessive speed when he failed to negotiate a left-hand turn and crashed.  He was evacuated to a local medical center where he was pronounced dead.  He was licensed, had attended the MSF course and was wearing all required personal protective equipment (PPE-1 & PPE-2).  The Soldier had no prior deployments. 

 

Local News: February 20, 2008 - Fort Hood releases second name in weekend motorcycle deaths.

 

Engaged Leaders Make a Difference:  https://crc.army.mil/streamingvideo/videolist.asp?video=1201

 

Discussion Point:

* Speeding indiscipline puts Soldiers at a higher risk of crashing.  How can leaders identify high-risk Soldiers and counsel them before they are involved in a crash?  See the Naval Safety Center's Article, "The Decision to Ride" at http://www.safetycenter.navy.mil/ashore/articles/motorvehicle/decisiontoride.htm

 

Including this accident, there have been 17 https://crcapps3.crc.army.mil/plrdocs/PLR08069POV.pdf Class A POM accidents in FY08 compared to 9 for the same time frame in FY07.  These 17 accidents resulted in 17 fatalities compared to 8 Soldier deaths for the same time frame in FY07.

 

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A 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division Fort Hood, Texas, Soldier was killed in a POM accident on 17 February 2008 at approximately 1412 local in Bell County, Texas.  The 25-year-old SPC was riding his 2007 Kawasaki motorcycle along with several other riders when he lost control, left the roadway, hit a culvert and struck a fence post.  He was air-evacuated to a local medical center where he was pronounced dead.  He was wearing all required personal protective equipment.  He was also licensed and had attended a MSF course in January.  The Soldier redeployed from theater OIF in December 2007. 

 

Local News:  February 19, 2008 - Fort Hood identifies soldier in motorcycle accident.

 

Engaged Leaders Make a Difference:  https://crc.army.mil/streamingvideo/videolist.asp?video=1201

 

Discussion Points:

* What level of training can take the place of experience?
* How should a person pick the right size motorcycle for their skill level?

 

Including this accident, there have been 16 https://crcapps3.crc.army.mil/plrdocs/PLR08067POV.pdf Class A POM accidents in FY08 compared to 9 for the same time frame in FY07.  These 16 accidents resulted in 16 fatalities compared to 8 Soldier deaths for the same time frame in FY07.

 

* This is the 2nd fatality during the 2008 "101 Critical Days of Summer Campaign."  https://crc.army.mil/Multimedia/detail.asp?iData=144&iCat=718&iChannel=19&nChannel=Multimedia

 

* There were 44 https://crcapps3.crc.army.mil/plrdocs/PLR08109Summer07.pdf off-duty fatalities during the campaign in 2007, 25 of these were between Memorial Day and the 4th of July.

 

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A 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment "The Old Guard" Soldier was killed in a motorcycle crash on 26 May 2008 at approximately 1800 local in Washington, D.C. The 20-year-old SPC was riding a borrowed 2002 Yamaha 600cc motorcycle with another Soldier. During the course of the ride, the SPC lost control of the motorcycle, veered off into the wooded area, and down a steep embankment. The Soldier's body was located the next day. The SPC was wearing a helmet and all required PPE. The Soldier was licensed and had attended the required Motorcycle Riders Course. The Soldier has never been deployed.

 

Local News:  May 27, 2008 - Searchers Recover Missing Motorcyclist's Body.


A Centralized Accident Investigation (CAI) team from the US Army Combat Readiness Center is investigating. Including this accident, there have been 29 https://crcapps3.crc.army.mil/plrdocs/PLR08114POM.pdf Class A POM accidents in FY08 compared to 16 for the same time frame in FY07. These 29 accidents resulted in 28 fatalities compared to 14 Soldier deaths for the same time frame in FY07. This PLR does not identify specific root causes of this incident as the investigation is ongoing. Further details will be available at a later date on RMIS Quick Search https://crcapps3.crc.army.mil/rmisquick/adhoc/(AKO Login Required).

 

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