'I want people to see what can happen': Motorcyclist speaks out after crash
Monday night, Lonnie Duchesne crashed his motorcycle.
He was riding along Sawmill Road, just north of Bloomingdale, when he lost control while passing a second motorcycle.
“I don’t know exactly what happened,” he said.
“Normally I don’t pass another motorcycle, but … he couldn’t decide what he wanted to do, where he wanted to be.”
Duchesne estimates that he was travelling at about 80 km/h, slowing down after topping out around 100 km/h when he passed the second bike – which he says was constantly changing its speed.
He says the crash came just moments after a close call with another driver – a trucker who he claims was texting.
In that case, he caught the driver’s attention and got him to pull over to the side of the road for a conversation.
The truck driver, Duchesne says, had nearly run the motorcycle off the road without even seeing it.
“When people are like that on the road, I just try to get away from them,” he said.
“If he had put me into the ditch, he would never have had a clue that I was there.”
The actual crash left Duchesne with cuts, bruises and road rash.
Three days later, he still has large scars on his face and hands. He says it’s a “miracle” that is injuries weren’t more severe.
“I shouldn’t be in this good a condition,” he said.
Duchesne says he’s speaking out about the crash because it’s far from the first time he’s nearly suffered serious injury in his 28 years of biking.
He says drivers simply aren’t paying enough attention to or leaving enough room for motorcyclists.
“I want people to see what can happen in an instant, whether it was my fault or somebody else’s fault,” he said.
According to Waterloo Regional Police, 38 collisions involving motorcycles were reported in the region in 2015.