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Brazil motorcyclist dies in accident

Friday, May 30, 2008

Brazil City Police Chief Terry Harrison takes photos of the accident scene for the investigation. Ivy Jackson Photo.
An autopsy will be performed on a Brazil motorcyclist who died in a two-vehicle accident in front of the Brazil National Guard Armory Friday afternoon.

Shortly before 3:30 p.m., members of the Brazil City Police and Fire Departments, Clay County Sheriff's Department, Indiana State Police and Clay County Search and Rescue were dispatched to an accident scene involving a passenger vehicle and a motorcycle on State Road 59, near the intersection with Whiterock Road.

According to Police Chief Terry Harrison, Patrick Knierim's motorcycle was traveling northbound when a car struck it from behind. The impact forced Knierim's body into the air and then onto the car before he hit the road.

Although he was wearing a helmet, officials confirm Knierim sustained massive internal injuries and was transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital by TransCare.

Knierim was later pronounced dead.

An autopsy will be scheduled to help determine the cause of death.

Members of Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department assisted officials in rerouting traffic along SR 59 during the accident reconstruction performed by Indiana State Police.

The road was reopened for traffic around 5 p.m.

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This is the second tragic death in the last couple of years, were a local motorcyclist was doing everything they were supposed to be doing, but to no fault of their own, ended up costing them their lives because someone was in a hurry to get somewhere. Please people, there are many motorcycles on the road, be extra careful when one of them is near you, they only have ONE chance in an accident and the last two have been fatal. Ride on June 7th for the first one. Funeral for the 2nd one this week. Pat will be missed greatly by his family, and all who had the priviledge of knowing him.

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Sat, May 31, 2008, at 8:19 PM

My wife and I where nearly hit from behind by a PT cruiser on this same road just a few weeks ago while riding our motorcycle. We were Northbound on 59 when a semi-driver looked directly at us while pulling out in front of us from the truck plaza just North of interstate 70. As he pulled into our path and we hit our brakes the driver of the PT cruiser who was tailgating us while talking on a cell phone was unable to stop. Luckily he had the presence of mind to go into the left turning lane where he stopped beside us. Between the semi driver who intentionally pulled in front of us and the car driver tailgating us while talking on a cell phone our family nearly had a double funeral.

This is a good example of a couple of problems known to all riders. A lack of respect for "right of way" on the part of the semi driver and a lack of being given enough space for safety sake by the driver behind us. Add cell phones to this mix and it only gets worse.

Any competently ridden motorcycle can stop faster than an automobile and surely all auto drivers know this by now. Tailgating anyone is a recipe for disaster but tailgating a motorcycle is pushing the envelope even harder. And tailgating a motorcycle while talking on a cell phone is just one step below shooting at us.

I don't know what the circumstances were in this fatal car/bike crash but after riding 50,000 miles in the past 4 years I do know "cagers" need to respect motorcyclists "right of way" more and they need to put down their cell phones and pay attention to driving when they're in traffic.

-- Posted by bowman on Sun, Jun 1, 2008, at 9:30 AM

I would like to know why the name of the person who hit the motorcycle was not named. Since nothing has been said about then I am wondering if it was someone important. It is very irresponsible for people to use cell phones while driving. Remember the days of CB radios, they were a problem too.

-- Posted by bikergranny on Sun, Jun 1, 2008, at 11:03 AM

I also wonder why when Lindsey Boring was killed the Times article told who the driver of the other vehicle was. It is mysteriously missing from this article. Wonder why?

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Sun, Jun 1, 2008, at 8:36 PM

How sad to hear about Mr. Knierim's accident. I went to school and graduated with Robbie and I place my condolences upon this whole family. I know we prepare ourselves to know that we are not going to live forever, but when we lose someone we love who is so close to us, when we least expect it, it seems to make it so much more difficult. I wish I could give you advice, like saying I have been there myself with my father 15 1/2 years ago and it will get easier, but that will not help you at this time. I can say that I will pray for this whole family and place your on my church's prayer list. I know he must have been a pretty great man, because you can look at his family and see this. May God cover you all with his love and comfort at this time.

Becki (McDonald)Arnold

-- Posted by onetwomany97 on Sun, Jun 1, 2008, at 9:24 PM

Pat Knierim was a very nice and respected person, I have known robbie & michelle for many many years and my heart goes out too the whole family. Pat was a respected business owner and well liked person and this is just truly heart breaking.... I am So sorry for there loss..... Our thoughts are with you. Roby R.

-- Posted by computerdx on Mon, Jun 2, 2008, at 7:34 AM

I haven't owned a motorcycle for more than 20 years but rode extensively when I had one.

Even back then it seemed that we (motorcycle operators) were "invisible" to drivers in other types of vehicles, it's like they just zoned us out because we weren't big enough to register in their brains.

I personally had many close calls involving people that told me they didn't see me!

So this is nothing new, they didn't have cell phones back then and still didn't pay enough attention while driving, but now "with" cell phones their attention span is even shorter.

Pay attention folks, you have other lives in your hands besides your own!

-- Posted by BowlingGreenGuy on Mon, Jun 2, 2008, at 11:17 AM

In a society where "getting there" is all that matters, we waste life and fuel as if it means nothing. The moronic method by which people go down the road endangers everyone (especially bikers) and raises the fuel price at the pump. Slow down. Pay attention. Fellow bikers, we're on our own. You have to drive everyone's vehicle for them when you're on your bike. Don't blink or their stupidity will be your pain. Personally, I welcome the high fuel prices. Let the pushy people pay for it.

-- Posted by TheRider on Mon, Jun 2, 2008, at 1:49 PM

Comment about driving 59

Nearly everytime we drive 59 there is someone tailgating you or speeding 10-15 miles over the limit(It's people with no sense and I think trying to get to their own funeral early) Two days ago we were driving 55 miles per hour and 2 cars (probably together)passing us at 65-70 with cars you could see coming in the distance.

With so many accidents on that road we need an officer somewhere watching out for these people.People like these have the nascar mentality but believe me they are no nascar drivers (Nascar drivers have more respect for people and their communities)not like some of the drivers around here

Something needs to be done.The people need to stand up and make sure that something is done

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-- Posted by 2dogbob on Sun, Jun 8, 2008, at 9:48 AM

this is very sad i knew pat from working jerrys restraunt. he was a very good man he could make anyone laugh and he would do anything for anyone i looked up to him like a father. my prayers and condolences to his wife i never did get a chance to meet her.but from the way pat talked shes a good woman and he loved her very much. im very sorry for you and your familys loss. he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. and as for the tailgaiting everytime i drive down 59 theres some dumb person tailgaiting or flyin around me doin at least 65 or more. and i also see cops drivin along there too and i never see them pulling people over. i have seen on 5 diff occasions people runnin the lights at 42 and 59 w police officers sitting right there. talkin on their cellphones or stairin into space or whatever they are doin. thats just ridiculous. and it seems like everytime i pass the truckstop at 70 and 59 a semi pulls out in front of me and i have slam on my breaks. thats just ridiculous. something should be done about all of this. before someone else has to pay with there life.


-- Posted by sweetbaby on Mon, Jun 9, 2008, at 12:08 PM

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