Rarely have I felt as equally sad for all parties involved. I work with abused children and know all too well the great likelihood that the teenager driving the truck was seriously abused over a long period of time. At least five people have been destroyed by the person who abused the driver: The three bikers, the driver and the child he probably abused. Not to mention the lives of those around the abused child. This make a grown man want to cry. of course given the cyclic nature of these thing even the orignal abuser was probably abused. I make no excuses for the perpetrators here but everyone who turns a blind eye to this sort of thing or stands idly by without helping shares the blame.
I guess these riders were all wearing helmets right? Even if they were wearing full-face helmets, against an SUV, the odds are bad. It's a sad situation all around. I just wish that the AMA would establish a central database to grab data from all over NTSB, etc to do a injury study.
Having stood up to friends of a registered sex offender, your point "but everyone who turns a blind eye to this sort of thing or stands idly by without helping shares the blame.". I watched neighbors who didn't want us to tell others about his crime because they didn't want their property values to go down. I watched his wife (the sex-offenders) file a false anti-harrassment order on my wife, which was thrown out by a judge who quoted the U.S. Constitution and the WA state law (like Megan's law) to this enabler.
.. the only thing you and I will ever agree on. Child molesters can burn in hell. I don't care about the "reasons". While abusers were usually abused themselves most people who were abused do not become abusers. The ones who do can swing from ropes.
Enough excuses in our society. Enough with the psychobabble "if it feels good do it" crud. Send a clear message. Abuse a child and get life in prison as a minimum. No reason to give these s***** a second chance.
I think it's important to keep in mind that even when we're doing everything right we can still get blasted.
I just recently rolled up on an accident where a guy cruising his geezer-glide in the carpool lane was smacked by a guy in a pickup truck (driving alone) who crossed the double yellow into the carpool lane. No signal, no over the shoulder, just smack!
It looks like the biker got off easy with just a broken leg.