Tuesday, September 11, 2012

28-Year-Old Trevor Ware Hit by Drunk Driver

Trevor Ware with his dog
I am seldom inspired to the point where I ask "What am I doing?" That point where you see what another is accomplishing and have to ask yourself if you're living life as fully as you could.

There aren't many people in this world who do that for me. But this character - Trevor Ward - made me ask myself that a few years ago when I read one of his travel stories, Go West Young Man. He bought an old Honda (and, of course, I'm a sucker for a good Honda story), fixed it up and headed west - and convinced his friend to tag along. A lot of balls for a young guy, and he went on to do a lot.

He's spent a lot of time traveling since then, as the photos will illustrate

Unfortunately, Trevor was hit by a drunk driver. Pretty bad, he was tossed onto the hood, thankfully, (if there's anything to be thankful about in any of it...) while his bike was dragged until it broke free. I know this kind of thing happens more often than we talk about, that similar dangers lurks around every curve every time we ride. The truth is, if we spent our time talking about every one, well, we'd have no time left for living, so we have to focus on the people that impacted our life in some way. While I didn't know Trevor, I appreciated what he did, the spirit he brought, and since he inspired me directly, I wanted to share.






Example shirt from Zazzle
Trevor wasn't wearing a helmet and is now in a coma where they expect he'll be for a few weeks, at least. They're hopeful, but nothing is certain. My heart goes out to him and his family. I know a lot of you are ATGATT fanatics, I can support your enthusiasm. Some, or much of his injuries might have been avoided if he were properly geared. However, He's a fellow rider, and I don't begrudge him his choice, nor do I think we should avoid helping because of it, after all, he was hit by a drunk with a history of traffic violations.

So, if the spirit moves you, there is a Trevor Ware Hospital Fund that looks reputable if you want to help.

Conversely, there's a run of shirts over at Zazzle  (yeah, I'd never heard of it, either) with a logo based around him and his interests. They've got a whole range of sizes, women's, men's, hoodies, whatever.

Or, at the very least now you've seen one more big soul to remind you that life is worth living, things are worth seeing, and bikes are worth riding. Helmet up and stay safe out there. I know it's a big, scary world, but don't go missing it.

Well, that's it for today. I don't usually get into this kind of posting - but for some reason the story found a way into my heart.







15 comments:

  1. I really appreciate you posting this moving article about my cousin, Trevor Ware. I would like to say that the news report stated that the driver driver until the bike broke free but that is not the case. A witness saw the driver pull over a mile and a half down the road, get out and detach the motorcycle from his bumper. Very aware it was attached.. Then drove home. All the love and support he is getting is amazing and thank you so much for spreading the word! Please keep him in your thoughts.

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    1. Melissa,

      I bumped into trevor's story a couple of years ago and was honestly inspired. I thank you for commenting and correcting. It sounds like things were even worse than I originally heard, and terrible. Absolutely terrible. I really do wish you, and him the best. I can't do much, but I'm happy to get the word out as much as possible.

      Brady
      Behind Bars

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  2. A great reminder to live all you can every day.

    So sad that another drunk driver has ruined someone's day and possibly their life. My thoughts are with him.

    I work for a criminal defense attorney that does court appointed work and see entirely too many drunk driving cases. Luckily my boss doesn't defend their actions, just protects their rights as they go hopefully to jail. He has no patience for most of our asshat clients, especially the ones that have had multiple DUIIs.

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    1. Trob,

      The justice system is a strange thing. I'm not even sure how to put my feelings about it into words. What is justice? There's a huge part of me that cries out for this guy's neck. At the very least he should be kept out of the driver's seat. Ruining your own life is one thing, destroying another's is unacceptable. What's the answer? Jail? I don't know. It's complicated - but it never should have happened. That I know. This guy has a history and we could have done better. That's what's really sad.

      Brady
      Behind Bars

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  3. A damn shame Brady, and I suspect the drunken idiot will probably get off with a "too light" a punishment. Eye for an Eye, I say but no one listens.

    dom

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  4. Brady:

    I am saddened too by this. Every day I see people texting, even though it is illegal here in British Columbia. I just can't imagine hitting someone and just leaving them there on the road, and then drive home like nothing happened. Our laws are too lenient

    bob
    Riding the Wet Coast
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  5. Thank you for posting Brady. Yes, his video is definitely along the lines to make me stop and think what exactly am I doing with my life right now. I hope he recovers and continues on. I think he has more to offer.

    Hey...I like Zazzle. I've order cards and mailing labels through them. Great company, especially creating the stories where the creator gets a portion of the sale.

    Btw, was watching the news at lunch here and a truck hit a motorcyclist today. No useful information from the news. Just makes your point that stupid things happen every day. Trevor will be in my thoughts.

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  6. Hello,
    I'm Trevor's girlfriend; I wanted to thank you for taking time out to write about Trevor and thanks to everyone for all the prayers and positive vibes sent his way. Trevor defiantly lives life to the fullest. You're right he wasn't wearing a helmet or gear. He will argue the pros, cons, and statistics for hours. He did wear it more so on his trips, but as long as he is happy so am I. He absolutely loved riding. He was planning on doing the East Coast here in just a few weeks. An update on his progress is that he is making baby steps, which is all that I ask of him. He got the okay from the docs today to be moved to a step down room from this part of the ICU. I can't wait for the moment where our son (dog), Kaibab, gets excited at the door because he hears Trevor's motorcycle then Trevor asks me to take his final picture at the house and starts telling me all about another great adventure.
    -Felicia

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    1. Felecia,

      I've passed along the information to the forum guys (who ride the same motorcycles as Trevor). That's where I first heard about it, and they're concerned and trying to help with the fundraising. It's where the shirt design came from - of course, you probably know all about that. Any info you get you can post here, or you are very welcome to send to me via email (it's up above) and I will pass it along.

      I feel terrible for you, this must be so difficult, but the news is a bit uplifting. I hope he's back up soon.

      Brady

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  7. Well, at least the dog seems to be okay. That he is taking "baby steps" seems pretty good too all things considered.

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  8. Dear Brady:

    There can't be any pockets of consciousness in the United States where anyone doesn't know the risks, the dangers, nor the penalties for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of something. Trevor, and every other rider, should have the most basic of guarantees that one obstacle they needn't worry about is getting run over by a drunk driver. It is almost impossible to legislate good behavior, however, and legislating against bad behavior seldom seems to mean anything to repeat offenders. I don't have a solution... But every downed rider like Trevor is an example of how a system is not working. And DUIs while probably be eclipsed by texting in our lifetimes.

    I hope Trevor makes a fast recovery.

    Fondest regards,
    Jack/reep
    Twisted Roads

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    1. Jack,

      It's hard not to dive just a bit into philosophy and politics when something this awful happens, but we can both agree that the system failed this time, and pretty badly.

      As to texting, nothing galls me more on the road. It's lucky for any driver I see looking into their lap that I don't carry a chain (a la bicycle courier service guys). I can't stand it, it's absolutely vile behavior and it needs to be hit hard.

      Brady
      Behind Bars

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  9. Aww. That is so sad. Drivers like him should not be allowed to drive forever because it's either they die or they can kill others. That's just to unfair.

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    1. Unfortunately - what can you do? I agree that this guy should not be allowed to drive, but what if he chooses to drive even after his license is revoked? This kind of behavior is disgusting, and unfair. I agree. As scary as it is, I don't know what we can do about it.

      Brady
      Behind Bars

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  10. I hope Trevor make a full and speedy recovery. Thoughts and prayers to Trevor and his family.
    As for drunks on the road lock them up. they will kill someone and then go out and do it again. The message is out there they just don't want to hear it.

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