I don't know if I ever mentioned this here but this time of year is pretty tense for me because we all were struck with a bad tragedy here 5 years ago and have been working on ways to improve motorcycle awareness, drinking and driving awareness, and vehicle safety along not only local roadways but across the country a well. We have a huge motorcycle run and an alcohol/drug free all day event with food, games, and Mercy Flight which is the helicopter used to transport the seriously injured to the hospital. All of the proceeds are going to be donated to the Mercy Flight organization as a Thank You for the services that they provide. FindArticles
/ Buffalo News
/ Jul 31, 2006 Crashes kill motorcyclist, 21, and two who rushed to help him by Gene Warner Comments
A motorcyclist and two neighbors who ran to his aid after his vehicle collided with a van all were killed Sunday night in a pair of crashes involving three vehicles on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation, Erie County sheriff's officials said today.
After the motorcycle collided with the van backing out of a driveway on Route 438, the two neighbors were struck after they rushed to the scene to slow down traffic and aid the motorcycle operator, authorities added.
The van driver later was charged with driving while intoxicated.
Sheriff's officials said the motorcycle operator, Barton Mohawk, 21, was pronounced dead at the scene, on Route 438 near Richardson Road.
Also killed were Arthur Schindler, 43, and Aimee Jimerson, 33, described as neighbors who rushed to the scene after Mohawk was struck.
The accidents occurred just after 9 p.m.
Sheriff's Chief Dennis Rankin said a preliminary investigation indicated that after the two neighbors tried to slow down traffic and aid Mohawk, the first passing vehicle went around them.
But the second vehicle to reach the scene struck the two neighbors.
"Unfortunately, good Samaritans are the ones who got killed, along with the operator of the motorcycle," Rankin said.
After the pair of crashes, sheriff's deputies charged the van driver, James Golden, 22, of Route 438, with driving while intoxicated.
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I knew all 3 of the victims real well and Aimee was my sister and I was out of town at the time at a World Championship Boxing Tournament in Kansas City and found out about the accident that night and I was scheduled to fight the very next day......the day I left my sister had told me to go down there and do what I do best and beat some @#$ and don't come back until I reach the top. My dad talked to me for awhile and told me to stay there and do what Aimee wanted because she was my biggest supporter....it was such a dreery time for me that I don't even remember walking to the Expo Center, the fight itself, walking back, packing up, or going to the airport...I just remember sitting in the airport all bruised and beaten and someone looking at me and saying "rough night huh?" I said "you have no idea" ..well I lost and lost bad...the 2 toughest losses for me so far. Sorry to vent here fellas.