Dumb protester of the week
July 3, 2011
A motorcyclist participating in a protest ride against helmet laws died Saturday after he flipped over the bike’s handlebars and hit his head on the pavement. [AP]
The accident happened Saturday afternoon in upstate New York near Syracuse.
Phillip A. Contos, 55, of Parish, N.Y. was riding a 1983 Harley Davidson with a group of bikers who were protesting helmet laws by not wearing helmets.
Troopers say Contos hit his brakes and the motorcycle fishtailed. The bike spun out of control, and Contos sailed over the handlebars. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Authorities say that Contos would have likely survived if he had been wearing a helmet.