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Very Sad News - Lost 2 Coggers Yesterday

S Smith

Northeast Area Director
Member
Some sad news was conveyed to me today that I am passing along. COG Northeast members Grant and Dee Beauchamp (#2337/A) were involved in a fatal motorcycle accident yesterday.

They were wonderful people whom I have known through COG for almost 25 years. Always eager to lend a hand when the NE hosted national rallies, and Grant had been talking about hosting more local rides. I saw them a few weeks ago when I attended Dog Days Weekend in Marlinton. Grant provided some restaurant suggestions for my overnight stop in Shamokin during my trip home.

No details are known other than what is reported in this online news article I found.
https://www.wgal.com/amp/article/cr...25reading-road-in-east-earl-township/41072030



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2andblue

Member
Member
Some sad news was conveyed to me today that I am passing along. COG Northeast members Grant and Dee Beauchamp (#2337/A) were involved in a fatal motorcycle accident yesterday.

They were wonderful people whom I have known through COG for almost 25 years. Always eager to lend a hand when the NE hosted national rallies, and Grant had been talking about hosting more local rides. I saw them a few weeks ago when I attended Dog Days Weekend in Marlinton. Grant provided some restaurant suggestions for my overnight stop in Shamokin during my trip home.

No details are known other than what is reported in this online news article I found.
https://www.wgal.com/amp/article/cr...25reading-road-in-east-earl-township/41072030



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Oh no - Carol and I just met Grant at the ride we hosted in April, great guy and spoke affectionately about his and Dee’s riding adventures. I am so saddened to hear this.

Please pass along any services you hear about.

Grant and Dee although our time was short I am happy we met; may the roads be twisty, smooth and sun always at your back, god speed.

Wayne, Carol & Blue
 

texas.devops

South Central AAD
Member
…crossed the center line…

Imagine the number of events that needed to have taken place in exactly that sequence and with precisely the amount of time consumed for each over the period of 5 hours leading up to that very moment…

Impossible probability to have prepared for. Unlikely coincidence. I didn’t know them but if they were COGers then they were good folks I’m imagining. So sad to see this happening more and more frequently. Maybe it’s just me paying attention to these things nowadays.

Deepest condolences to the families and friends who’ve suffered the loss. Prayers sent for peace and clarity of thought during this time of grief. AB
 

ONOBob

Member
Member
I believe we met them last year at the Gunterville national rally, loading his red FJR on a trailer……. Lovely people.
 

Jpd11958

Member
Member
Steve,
Thanks for the info. Kathy and I had breakfast with them Sat. morning during Dog Days, along with drinks and snacks in the evenings. We have been rally friends for several years now. Keep us informed if you get any information on services.
Jeff
 

Strawboss

Member
Member
Damn, sad to hear, I know their faces from the various COG rides I've been to, just never knew their names. I often play a little game when driving and count the number of drivers on their phones or distracted in some way. I've more than a few times lost count at the sheer number of people yakking on phones or a number of cars in my lane or coming into my lane. I'm just astounded how many times I need to take action to prevent getting run over or hit. With all the technology out there and especially all the phone technology, isn't there something that can be built into cars that disables all cell phone usage with the exception of 911? A naive question to be sure and maybe a bit simplistic but what measures are being put forward with autonomous cars and crash avoidance? A whole different thread. Sad this has to happen for other things to happen that would have prevent this if distracted driving was the cause.
 

IKnowYouRider

Administrator
Member
Damn, sad to hear, I know their faces from the various COG rids I've been to, just never knew their names. I often play a little game when driving and count the number of drivers on their phones or distracted in some way. I've more than a few times lost count at the sheer number of people yakking on phones or a number of cars in my lane or coming into my lane. I'm just astounded how many times I need to take action to prevent getting run over or hit. With all the technology out there and especially all the phone technology, isn't there something that can be built into cars that disables all cell phone usage with the exception of 911? A naive question to be sure and maybe a bit simplistic but what measures are being put forward with autonomous cars and crash avoidance? A whole different thread. Sad this has to happen for other things to happen that would have prevent this if distracted driving was the cause.
I know my car, 2019 Subaru Ascent, will slam on the brakes on its own if it thinks its going to collide with something. I know a lot of people turn that feature off for whatever reason.. I keep mine on But I dont think it would be enough time if the vehicle quickly changed lanes onto oncoming traffic. I dont think there is anything that can save you from that. This accident was about 10 minutes from my house..
 

texas.devops

South Central AAD
Member
Not to hijack the threat in any way, but yesterday we took a ride up through the national forest and points west of that. Some of the classic farm-to-market roads there is no shoulder, and on one of them a driver was getting very near the drop-off from pavement to gravel. The vehicle's front passenger wheel kept drifting right up to the very edge and then swerving back into the lane as we approached each other.

I just kept praying that they didn't drop the wheel off the edge and then pull hard to get back on the pavement because if that happened they'd be pointed directly at me as the leader, or potentially the 5 riders behind me. Was just another reminder that the more we're out riding the greater the risk of tragedies occurring. It's not going to keep me home on my couch, but it is a sobering realization.
 

cuda

Member
Member
I quit riding in the mid-'80s because I had multiple friends hit big northern deer with their cars, trucks, and bikes; I was afraid of the uncontrollable situation, but living in Florida, where I do, that's not an issue; two-lane roads with oncoming traffic are the worst scenario, I always have in the back of my mind an exit, anything but head on, I will go for the ditch, anything but head on. RIP.
 

smithr

Member
Member
Sad to hear, sad to hear again, sad just sad...
BTW I almost lost my son last year to the same issue. Someone decided to pass and pulled right out, head on at 60+60=120 mph. Even though it is was in a car if they had hit more square everyone would be gone.
 

S Smith

Northeast Area Director
Member

Strawboss

Member
Member
More angry than sad right now, this happens way too much. Again, I can't count the number of times that others cross over into my lane, hell, I drive a 45 ft long 110 ft high tower fire truck that's RED, LOUD, and has a lot of lights and I still drivers trying to hit me. I find myself in a car and on the bike closely looking at each and every car or vehicle coming my way, kinda takes the fun out of riding sometimes. Not focusing on the driver but I would not be surprised if she's referred to as a "cautious, mature". Nothing will happen to her, NOTHING.
 

S Smith

Northeast Area Director
Member
Arrangement information can be found here:

 

DustyStrom

Member
Member
Read about this in the COG NE newsletter.

Jolting news, makes me terribly sad as well as angry.

But it's not about I feel, condolences to the close friends and families who have experienced this tragic and unexpected loss.
 
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