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VermontMom
05-05-2009, 11:05 AM
As an avid motorcyclist, I have to let people know of things like this...

May 4, 2009 (WAUKEGAN, Ill.) (WLS) -- A motorcycle driver was killed when she was rear-ended by a driver who was allegedly painting her nails.

The distracted driver ran a red light and crashed into the bike, according to police, just before 6 p.m. Saturday in northwest suburban Lake Zurich.

The crash happened in unincorporated Lake County at Route 12 and Old McHenry Road.

The victim, Anita Zaffke, was wearing a helmet, but it did not save her life.

No criminal charges have been filed against the driver responsible for striking and killing Zaffke, 56, who was a Lake Zurich resident.

Prosecutors are waiting for blood and urine test results as well as the report from crash scene investigators before they decide to file criminal charges.

According to Zaffke's family, she was leaving her son's apartment. He lives in Waukegan, and she was heading back to her home. They had been there talking about plans for the upcoming Mother's Day.

Relatives say Anita Zaffke had a passion for the open road and motorcycles.

"It was pretty much disbelief at first. We went up to the intersection, just went up and down, to try to see how this could possibly have happened," said Greg Zaffke, son of Anita Zaffke...

Rest in peace Anita...

http://hellscupcakes.com/gallery/albums/userpics9/anita-Zaffke.jpg

and another story, with video http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?sectio ... le-6795601

The motorcyclist waiting at the red light could have been our member LadyRider72472; or Willow650; or ChopperChick355; or MotoMichelle; or chick-in-the-hat; or SouthBeachSass; or me.


lizziep
05-05-2009, 01:28 PM
wow. just wow. i cannot believe what some people think they can do while they are driving. criminal charges haven't been made yet?!?!

nelie
05-05-2009, 01:36 PM
I've been riding a tricycle (an unmotorized 3 wheeled bicycle) recently. I did read a story where a distracted driver hit a guy on a tricycle although he lived but months and months of hospital, rehab, etc. I always try to be cautious when driving!

Painting your nails! wow! I once saw a lady behind me putting on mascara, that freaked me out.


VermontMom
05-05-2009, 02:09 PM
wow. just wow. i cannot believe what some people think they can do while they are driving. criminal charges haven't been made yet?!?!

No criminal charges as of yet, though they are being 'mulled' :rolleyes: I am following the story closely, and have already emailed the Prosecutor's Office to voice my opinion.

VermontMom
05-05-2009, 02:15 PM
I've been riding a tricycle (an unmotorized 3 wheeled bicycle) recently. I did read a story where a distracted driver hit a guy on a tricycle although he lived but months and months of hospital, rehab, etc. I always try to be cautious when driving!

Painting your nails! wow! I once saw a lady behind me putting on mascara, that freaked me out.

I am glad you are cautious :hug: one has to be vigilant always!

The list of what people have been seen doing, while driving, is UNbelieveable. Using a curling iron :eek: READING A BOOK :faint:, using two hands to eat/dip McNuggets while steering with knees :eek: :faint:

A couple weeks ago I was behind a woman who was using left hand to smoke her cigarette, and right hand applying eyeliner.

It is dangerous for anyone on the road but especially for those who do not have 2,000 pounds of metal around them, those of us on two wheels, motorized or leg-powered. And I just can't get the image of Anita waiting, legally and properly, at that red light and getting slammed and thrown 200 feet :( and dying less than an hour later :(

JuliaDH
05-05-2009, 02:21 PM
My friend Sally was in an motorcycle accident on Sunday. A lady crossed the yellow line and in order to avoid a collision Sally took defensive measures still ended up in surgery yesterday fixing her knee and surgery tomorrow for to reconstruct her hips. Her partner was 30 m behind her and now has a vivid memory etched in his brain. No news of charges here either. Police are pretty quiet about details.

Delphi
05-05-2009, 02:40 PM
That is tragic indeed! It is such a shame that people are so careless behind the wheel.

TamiL
05-05-2009, 05:15 PM
It is definitely a shame but unfortunately you really can't teach selfish stupid people to pay attention. Their need to get somewhere seems to outweigh everyone else's right to be safe. I drive a school bus for a living. It is a very large transit type bus that weighs over 26000 pounds. You wouldn't believe the idiots out there who would do anything to cut me off. I am so afraid that one day I will just plow right over some little car that darts in on me. This wouldn't do much damage to my bus but it would crush a car.

VermontMom
05-05-2009, 05:33 PM
My friend Sally was in an motorcycle accident on Sunday. A lady crossed the yellow line and in order to avoid a collision Sally took defensive measures still ended up in surgery yesterday fixing her knee and surgery tomorrow for to reconstruct her hips. Her partner was 30 m behind her and now has a vivid memory etched in his brain. No news of charges here either. Police are pretty quiet about details.

I am so sorry to hear that!! :( I am glad she is alive, and that she had the skills to take evasive measures, props to her for that! and now her summer of riding is ruined...****, her summer of walking is ruined. Best wishes to her from a Vermont rider!

kiramira
05-05-2009, 06:02 PM
Its no fun out there for cyclists, either. My DH bicycled across the nation from coast to coast a few summers ago. ALMOST got hit a number of times. Actually got PEGGED by a rear-view mirror on a delivery truck.
I ride an ebike, but it looks like a scooter, and I get a bit of distance, but I have both eyes firmly planted on the rear view mirrors when I'm stopped at a light, and when changing lanes. It is scary out there.
Kira

EZMONEY
05-05-2009, 08:16 PM
I am so...****, her summer of walking is ruined....

I am so sorry to hear of this. We lost a lady here in our area on a scooter when a person turned right into her.

My brother has walked with a very painful smashed up leg with an ankle fused for the last 34 years, since he was 19, when a truck took him out making a turn, ran right into him. He was just driving straight down the road. Every single day...every second...he feels the pain.

We lose a lot of servicemen around here with the Marine and Navy bases :( But most of the time, with them, it is their own fault.

People just don't see motorcycles, I guess. I grew up in a motorcycle family. Traveled from California to Illinois in 1967 on a BSA 650 with my dad when I was 13. Rode for years, not anymore. Mom and dad were always out on their '74 then '80...good times.

Windchime
05-05-2009, 09:14 PM
I stopped at a stop light on a 4-lane highway the other day. This is a road where the speed limit is 60 mph. The lady next to me had a paperback book opened in her left hand. At the stop light she changed the page, then moved her hand back down where it would be out of sight but I could tell that she was actually reading as she was driving. She would glance up and down between the book and the road. Scary.

EZMONEY
05-05-2009, 10:07 PM
I stopped at a stop light on a 4-lane highway the other day. This is a road where the speed limit is 60 mph. The lady next to me had a paperback book opened in her left hand. At the stop light she changed the page, then moved her hand back down where it would be out of sight but I could tell that she was actually reading as she was driving. She would glance up and down between the book and the road. Scary.

I travel the freeways all the time in southern California...someone reading a book or newspaper or doing computer work while they are driving no longer surprises me....or putting on make-up and shaving...once saw a guy trying to tie his tie...at least he was trying one-handed...but still looking in the mirror..on the freeway..NOT...stop and go.

PearFreak
05-05-2009, 10:33 PM
We are a big Motorcyle family and this freaks me out. So many people aren't aware or care about motorcyclists. Many people cut them off to short, use their wipers to clean their windows, not realizing that the wash can spray behind the vehicle and onto the motorcylcists facemask etc. Carelessness. If you can't focus on the road, don't drive on it.
I've seen my fare share of STUPID people... the make-up, the paying attention to the radio and not the road, changing clothes, turning around to see what is going on in the backseat while on a highway, etc. CRAZINESS!

I hope that the lady who wasn't paying attention gets a life sentence... she deserves it, IMHO.

Buttercup
05-05-2009, 11:06 PM
One day I was with my daughter driving in the DC mixing bowl and a lady passed me the next lane over, driving over 65 mph, with her knees while she braided her hair!!!!!:eek:

lizziep
05-06-2009, 01:49 AM
ooh crazy things we've seen drivers do i have one. a guy was driving with his knees, he was turned around smacking his kid with one hand, in his other hand was a pipe. he was not smoking tobacco. i could smell the marijuana since my window was rolled down. all i could think was - welcome to Eugene, OR. sigh.

dutchgirl
05-06-2009, 06:27 AM
A neighbor of mine was riding his motor cycle when a careless person threw open the door to his car. my neighbor was too close to be able to get out of the way, hit the door and was launched off his bike.
He has been in a wheelchair ever since, can't walk and has limited use of his hands. He was 23 when this happened.

rainy
05-06-2009, 07:27 AM
Painting her nails?? ****, those fingers should be cut off at the least!!

willow650
05-06-2009, 09:41 AM
Here is an updated article

http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Driver-Painting-Nails-Strikes-Kills-Cyclist.html

JulieJ08
05-06-2009, 10:28 AM
We are a big Motorcyle family and this freaks me out. So many people aren't aware or care about motorcyclists. Many people cut them off to short, use their wipers to clean their windows, not realizing that the wash can spray behind the vehicle and onto the motorcylcists facemask etc.

I honestly hadn't the slightest idea I was supposed to worry before using my windshield wipers.

Shannon in ATL
05-06-2009, 11:29 AM
I honestly hadn't the slightest idea I was supposed to worry before using my windshield wipers.

I think this may be referring to the windshield cleaning solution that shoots onto the windshield, and in most of my cars, right over the car and onto the car behind me? My dad is a recent biker and he and I were just talking about that this weekend. It hits him right in the face when people use the cleaner at a traffic light with him right behind them. It never occurred to me before that.

PearFreak
05-06-2009, 04:31 PM
Julie, I think that Shannon explained it perfectly... I am not only talking about the trafficlights or stop signs, but just the usual prick who HAS to wash their windows with a TON of washerfluid for a longer then usual duration. Those idiots.

ladyrider72472
05-06-2009, 05:11 PM
PearFreak, glad to see another rider out there. We have a thread called "hawt" motorcycle riders...... would be glad to hear from another 3fc'er.

Tammy

Buttercup
05-06-2009, 06:40 PM
I am ashamed to admit that I never thought about the folks behind me when cleaning the windshield. From now on I will be on the look out!

ladyrider72472
05-06-2009, 10:21 PM
Ladies,

Thanks for all of the replies on here. I read where Anita's son is painting his nails black in support of his mother and is encouraging the students he teaches to do the same. I will do this after my wedding in support of Anita.

If only one thing comes from my post, I hope it is this. Remember that motorcycling is our hobby. We are regular people, we are mothers, daughters, sisters, grandmothers, wives, g/f or significant others, and so on. We work in offices, diners, country clubs, schools, hospitals, stores, homes, and many other professional places..... We could be your neigbor, friend, or co worker. Please watch out for us....... we are watching as much as we can for you.

Thanks again for your concerns and replies.

Ookpik
05-06-2009, 11:29 PM
I am ashamed to admit that I never thought about the folks behind me when cleaning the windshield. From now on I will be on the look out!

Me too! A good friend of mine is a motorcyclist (bought her first cycle at 61, which I think is so cool!) so I will definitely be keeping this in mind. I admit, I haven't thought of it before either.

VermontMom
05-07-2009, 06:10 PM
I am ashamed to admit that I never thought about the folks behind me when cleaning the windshield. From now on I will be on the look out!

don't be ashamed, please! But thank you for being on the look out now :) :hug:

Some states have mandatory Motorcycle Education includedwith the basic driver training, and little things like that can then be brought to light.

Something else...if you might be driving a little to the right of your lane, your right side tires might be kicking up alot of gravel, sand, dust. Not a big deal if there is a car behind you, but if a motorcycle or scooter is behind you it is at the least an annoyance.

Also - pitching a cigarette butt out the window is littering, and it sometimes lands in the lap of a motorcyclist behind you. Not fun to deal with!

No one likes to be tailgated, and it is especially harrowing if a car is tailgating a motorcycle.

I appreciate being able to address so many people here, to maybe shed a little light on things that might have never occured to some, but is very very important to motorcyclists.

And to the lady who bought her first bike at 61 - you rock! :high:

kiramira
05-07-2009, 06:24 PM
And don't forget that what applies to motorcyclists also applies to bicyclists (a shout out for those of us on two people-leg powered vehicles). -- I've been hit with cigarette butts, bottle tops, bags of McDonald's garbage (seriously)...and YES the windshield washer stuff gets on us, too, especially at stop lights...

Kira

VermontMom
05-07-2009, 07:04 PM
Absolutely, kiramira!

EZMONEY
05-07-2009, 07:43 PM
Sometimes I find it cool to "shoot" the guy behind me that has been tailgating!

ladyrider72472
05-07-2009, 08:55 PM
I am so glad that this thread was started, it helps so much.

VermontMom
05-08-2009, 06:37 AM
EZ - just as a heads up, a hardcase cop in some states might consider that 'brandishing a weapon' :rolleyes: really. I have had to turn around and yell 'back off!' and do a pushing away motion with my arm.

Here is some promotion of motorcycles - less impact on public roads; less congestion; less pollution; more fuel efficient; more efficient parking space. The more fun is the deliriously great bonus :)

dutchgirl
05-08-2009, 06:49 AM
Here is some promotion of motorcycles - less impact on public roads; less congestion; less pollution; more fuel efficient; more efficient parking space. The more fun is the deliriously great bonus :)

I just drive a little 4-stroke scooter, but all of the above applies to us scooter riders as well, ofcourse.
In busy, congested Amsterdam a scooter is definitely a great way to move yourself around, but oooh the stupid behavior I see on the streets!

Still wouln't trade my scooter-baby for anything though!:moped:

ladyrider72472
05-08-2009, 09:16 AM
Whether it is a leg powered bicycle, 4-stroke scooter, or a motorcycle.... you know what they say..... 4 wheels move the body, two wheels move the soul!