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3 motorcycle officers crash in Bush motorcade

Three Honolulu Police Department motorcycle officers were injured when they crashed while accompanying President Bush’s motorcade on Hickam Air Force Base this morning.

The president was on his way from Makalapa, where he and first lady Laura Bush spent the night, to Hickam for a breakfast with about 300 troops.

City ambulances took two officers to the Queen’s Medical Center, while the third was taken to Queen’s by federal emergency personnel.

A spokeswoman at the office of Emergency Medical Services Chief Patricia Dukes said one officer was listed in critical condition, one was listed in serious condition and the third suffered minor injuries.

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[ This message was edited by: R100Pilot on 2006-11-22 08:06 ]
 

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Geesh man there must have been something up, 3 experienced riders going down in the same place...

Hope they are all ok, gotta be weird though, unless they were traveling very close together, normally if you have time to react to any obstacle you would think they would have been able to get road speed down enough to avoid crashing as well. Crazy all 3 bikes that close to each other in the crash photo.

Best wishes to whoever they are. :(
 

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I've seen the motorcades roll through here (home of Brother Jeb). They haul a$$ and the escorts keep very tight formation. The motor officers usually block intersections while the group rolls through, and then they'll haul more a$$ to return to the front to set up for the next intersection.

Story says it had been raining. One bike slid and the other two went down trying to avoid it.

3853's profile does say he's in Honolulu, so I'm guessing he was working that detail.

[ This message was edited by: R100Pilot on 2006-11-22 11:56 ]
 

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Motorcades are scary! In this area they'll reach 60 mph or so through the city, and you're pushing the bike hard to catch up after blocking an intersection.
In training we ran down the interstate at 80 in squad formation. 11 bikes about 2-3 feet apart from each other... When I started riding on the street I tried that with the veteran guys and got chewed out! We try to be safe especially when the eyes are on us.
 

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Well Gang Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I am grateful that I did not go down in that crash. I am also grateful that my partners that did go down are still alive. R100, thankyou for your concern. I really appreciate it. I know it is not Speed Triple related, but you really seem to care. Mahalo. I was swerving to avoid it as the bikes were tumbling and my friend was flying through the air. It was like they hit an oil slick. If I would have watched the crash for one more nano second and not started looking for an open space, I would have been bike #4. I am just lucky. When we escort we reach speeds of 'the bike can't go any faster'. I don't want to get into why it happened. Was speed a factor. Speed is always a factor during leap frog progressive escorts. The crash is just what can happen during a highspeed escort. All of us Solo Bike officers know and accept the risks. The road was super slick. I will leave it at that for now. What we need is your prayers and good thoughts. The critically injured officer is not out of the woods yet. He is fighting for his life. The problem with his crash was that he got ejected from the bike and smashed into a light pole crushing his hip and causing internal hemoraging that the doctors were unable to stop until earlier today. He has four small children and a loving wife and he is fighting with all he has for them. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.
The President and his wife made a lasting impact and earned our respect by the from the heart concern and sorrow they expressed for the officers involved. Politics aside, they were really 'Standup, Good people'. There were 30 of us when we started on Monday evening and there were 26 when the mission was accomplished. Our unit was blooded again yesterday.
Take a look at the picture. You can see how narrow the road is. Both lanes are the same width. Now think of the motorcade being 30 vehicles long and traveling at a good clip. There are also untrained military personnel driving passenger vans in the motorcade and they are not keeping it tight, they are causing gaps. Now look at how much room you would have to get passed the motorcade and how fast you must travel in order to get past them all. Now try to picture that black asphalt road being wet with rain and that curve being at the end of a pretty long straight that you were using to build speed to get past the motorcade and block the next intersection. Think of how much apex you get to use to negotiate that turn. Think if one guy goes down in front of you, where are you going to go? Maybe these thoughts will help you understand how crashes can occur in these out of the ordinary conditions. Presidential escorts are not a Sunday ride in the park. Please pray for my partner and his family. I left his name out because I am not sure if it has been released yet. Aloha,

Dale

His name is Steve Favela. It was released last night. I will keep you posted. Thankyou for your prayers and well wishes.

I went to see the family today and told them of all of your support from around the world. They were very, very grateful. Believe me. They are a very humble family and are so grateful. Please continue your prayers and well wishes. Steve is improving but still not out of the woods. 11-24-06


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After reading this story, I feel nothing but respect and admiration for 3853. If most bike riders were given the opportunity to experence this kind of riding and responsibility, it would make us all much better motorcycle riders. 3853, thank you for sharing this with us, and our thoughts are with you and your partner. Please keep us up to date.
 

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3853, also glad that wasn't you in the accident. I will be thinking about your co-worker/rider and hope he pulls through.

I was reading about your incident with the bed mattress and then I see R100s post about the motorcade accident. Whew, you must be quite on the edge lately.

Hoping for the best.
 

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Glad you're still with us, man. Here's hoping your brother pulls through. I've seen the 'cades whip through town here and always thought it was a little nuts.
 

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my prayers are there for you and your brothers,, hope everyone turns out ok.

i have a question about this though,, why do you guys still ride harley's and bmw's? i'm not saying that that's what caused the accident, but maybe a bike that get's up quicker and then down quicker might have helped with leap froging, again, i don't know nuttin, but i was just wondering.
 

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3853, my thoughts are with you. It's a tough call when everything needs to be kept tight. It's a shame the motorcades feel like they have to travel so fast, and that they have to use relatively untrained car and van drivers.

I hope Steve pulls through,

Mick :cool:
 

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Hi there 3853, sure glad you were able to avoid the carnage. I hope your buddy pulls through very soon and that you can enjoy Xmas properly.
Hopefully we can still catch up when we get over there in about 8 days time.
All the best from yer mates down under.
 

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Hey Dale,

I am glad that you are OK and I hope Steve will have a quick recovery and he can be back with his family for Christmas.

Does the job look after its people properly when things like this happen? I hope so.
 

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Hey Gang,

Thankyou for your prayers and good thoughts. It is working for the best. Steve is still hanging in there and his family is now hopefull that he will pull through. In order to save his life thus far, the doctors had to amputate his right leg. I got to see him today. He is still out but his heart rate went up when we were cheering him on. He is a fighter and if he pulls through I am sure he will go on to do great things. The nurse said he will be doped up and out of it for about two weeks. He really went through alot so far.

Legman,
The department seems to be treating us right so far and the Secret Service man is still at the hospital keeping Washington informed. I will keep you guys posted.
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!
 

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wow 38, i'm really sorry to hear that Steve has lost a leg. Tell Steve that we are all praying fer him and pulling fer him to make it thru this most difficult time. I'm planning on riding Saturday(the Superhawk, speedy's still not together :( ), and we will hold a moment of silence fer Steve. :chug: Keep yer head up mate, and tell Steve to do the same!
 
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