T. E. Lawrence is probably most well-known by his nickname "Lawrence of Arabia," and the biographical film of the same name. He was a British officer who fought against the Ottoman Empire in the Arab Revolt. Even after avoiding death in war, he still managed to meet his maker in a tragic motorcycle accident after swerving to avoid a boy on a bicycle.
Duane Allman was one half of the 1970s rock band The Allman Brothers until his untimely death at age 24. On October 21, 1971, Allman swerved out of the way of a truck which stopped suddenly. His motorcycle shot up in the air and landed on him, crushing him to death. The band continues to perform with the surviving brothers.
Berry Oakley was a bassist for the classic rock band The Allman Brothers. Even though his fellow bandmember Duane Allman had died in a tragic motorcycle accident, he continued to ride his. After taking a sharp turn on November 11, 1972, only a few blocks from where Allman crashed, Oakley hit a city bus and fractured his skull. He died three hours later. He left behind a son, Berry Duane Oakley, who is a musician as well.
Luc Bourdon was a professional hockey player for the Vancouver Canucks. On May 29, 2008 he was involved in a fatal motorcycle crash with a tractor trailer in which he was killed instantly. Investigators believe that the high winds along with his inexperience with motorcycles contributed to his death.
Don Rich was a famous country musician who was responsible for creating the signature "Bakersfield sound" of the early 60s country music scene. On July 17, 1974, he was killed in a mysterious motorcycle accident. Rich seemed to have hit the center divider for no reason. There were no skid marks or other contributing factors that led to the accident and to this day the reason for his crash is unknown.
Leo Ford was a gay pornographic actor who dated the drag queen and actor Divine. He had a starring role in the erotic film "Games" in which he plays a motorcycle driver who gets in an accident that leaves him in a coma. Years later while riding a motorcycle in real life, he was hit by a car and died.
Steven Stayner was an ordinary teenage boy who was put through horrific circumstances when he was abducted by child-molester Kenneth Parnell and forced to live with him as his "son" for over seven years. After finally escaping when Parnell was arrested, he began living a normal life with a wife and children. In 1989, he smashed his motorcycle into a car backing out of a driveway and died of a fractured skull.
Marcelo Fromer was the leader and founder of the Brazilian rock band Titãs, one of the most popular bands in the country. On June 11, 2001 he was run over by a man riding a motorcycle who eventually fled the scene. Fromer's head was struck by the driver's helmet, and he succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.
Lee Eon was a Korean model and actor who had just begun his promising film career when he was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident that broke his neck.
Shane Cross was an Australian skateboarder who gained global fame and prominence in the early 2000s. He was considered one of the best young skaters to ever come out of the region and was featured in several skating publications. On MArch 7, 2007, Cross was a passenger on fellow skater Ali Boulala's motorcycle when they crashed into a hotel wall. Cross was killed while Boulala suffered injuries. Both skaters were drunk at the time of the crash.
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