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UPDATE: Motorcyclist Wearing Novelty Helmet Killed In Temecula Wine Country Crash

“It is unknown at this time if a proper helmet would have saved his life,” CHP spokesman Nathan Baer said.

A motorcyclist donning a “novelty” helmet was killed Wednesday in a Temecula Wine Country crash.

San Diego resident Michael Witham, 65, was riding a 2000 Harley Davidson northbound on De Portola Road -- just south of Danza Del Sol Winery -- shortly after 3:30 p.m. when he veered off the road, according to a report from California Highway Patrol spokesman Nathan Baer and the Riverside County Coroner's Office.

Witham was ejected from the motorcycle and landed on a dirt shoulder; he was transported to Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar but died less than 90 minutes after the crash, Baer reported.

Witham was wearing a non-approved novelty helmet, according to Baer.

“It is unknown at this time if a proper helmet would have saved his life,” Baer said, adding that it's unclear if drugs or alcohol were involved.

There were no other vehicles involved in the crash and no other injuries were reported.

Kelley November 30, 2012 at 06:42 PM
I've known Bear for close to ten years. He was a customer of mine and others at Quaid Temecula Harley Davidson. He was a rebel, but he was a love. One of the biggest teddy bears you'd ever meet. Regardless of what helmet he was wearing, it may or may not have affected his life. He was still a good man, but he made a choice, it's no different than those that chose not to wear a seat belt. My heart goes out to his family he will truly be missed. -Kelley @ Quaid
John Doe December 02, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Helmet or NO helmet, when you number is up you will not beat it. God knows the number of your days and what manner of death you will have. This is just another example of Government in our lives telling us what we can/cannot do. Wait until the healthcare mandate takes effect, then a bureaucrat will decide the "treatment" one would receive after the accident.
Galactic Cannibal December 02, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Hey J D. I would rather have insurance due to a mandate . Than have no insurance like in the status quo, (like the 40 million Americans who must beg at the ER's)
John Doe December 02, 2012 at 09:46 PM
I don't think anyone has to beg for medical help at the ER. My point was that after the person was still alive that someone who doesn't know medicine would make the decisions for treatment and that would be based on cost vs benefit. Read up on the facts to enlighten yourself.
Brenda December 03, 2012 at 01:06 AM
I seriously DO NOT even know why 4 years of presidency was wasted on medical insurance instead of the top problems we have in this country. Insurance is easy, we have it great, if we dont, then the government supplies an equivelent to what others recieve. NOT letting people die by refusing services. IF two doctors say a treatment is needed(if there is even a question)then they pay the bills. Just as it is now with Medi-cal. Such a fricking waste of 4 years.

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