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Hi-my name is Dorothy and my husband used to be on this forum all the time. I have another post under the welcome mat also. My husband owned a 05 yamaha warrior for about 4 months. On Nov. 13, on his way to work, he was sitting at a red light and the guy behind him fell asleep at the wheel and hit him at 50 mph-throwing him 130 ft. He had all the protective gear out there but it still killed him. He had just celebrated his 29th birthday on the 10. I am 25 and we have a 5 year old and a 22 month old. This guy is only getting a ticket for reckless driving. The reason I am telling you this is because I need help fighting this law in VA. The only law in VA concerning this is a criminal nelgigence charge which meant that he had to be high or drunk. Since he was't he isn't getting charged with anything. I am not sure who to contact on this website to start a petition or how to go about it. A gentleman on the other post I have has given my good ideas I just need to find the owner of this website so I can ask if I can post a petition. I know I am not the first to lose someone in a motorcycle accident but I am really begging for everyone's help. Everyone that has lost someone, please rally with me and help me fight this. All riders-PLEASE help also. It doesn't ease the pain but maybe we can help someone in the future not feel as lost as I do right now. Thank you everyone in advance for all your help!!
 

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Dorothy,
You have my Support. We will see what we can do from this end, but it is going to be hard to facilitate with members from all over the US and around this great world of ours. I am hoping some Virginia Riders will take up the reins and offer up assistance. Laws change from State to State and need to be addressed in that manner. To change law in Virginia our Virginia Riders need to take up the fight. The AMA is a good start and they will put you in contact with folks you need to talk with.
 

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Just because he wasn't charged at the scene, doesn't mean he's innocent. That's for a judge (and maybe jury) to decide. I think you need to talk to a lawyer. No kidding. And I mean - now. Preferably one in Virginia. Where in Virginia did this happen?

Also - not knowing if this accident involved a truck or not, it did (according to you) involve driver fatigue. There's a group called PATT (Parents Against Tired Truckers). I have done some work with them in the past. They are on Capitol Hill a lot, are very vocal and are committed to their cause. I am sure if you e-mailed them, they would be more than happy to get you going in the right direction.

I am very sorry for your loss.
 

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You need to contact this guy he is Nationally known and just recently started riding a Motorcycle.... http://boortz.com/ If not him try Gretta van sustrin from Fox news..
 

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Dorothy, here is the link for the American Motorcycle Association www.AMADirectlink.com/justice This is part of the Justice for all campain. It is designed to get laws passed in all 50 states. Ofton laws in states (as in your case) feel minor penalties are all the is needed to be given. Please contact them, they have the legal means to do something.
 

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So sorry for your loss, Dorothy. I'll continue to pray for you and your family.

As Mike said above, I would try Fox News, Gretta or Bill Orielly or Dateline NBC....I'd be writing letters to senators, congressmen, governor, even the president.

Whatever happened to Vehicular Homicide.
 

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thank you guys for your support. At this time the AMA is not getting involved. They will get involved after I get in touch with a senator or represntative. I am going to try to do that today.
 

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YEAH!!!!!! Just got off the phone with the dectective on my case and they are going to seek more charges against the guy!!! Not sure what but most likely involuntary manslaughter or vehicular homicide!!
 

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Hi Dorothy, so very sorry to hear of this terrible loss and I hope that you manage to get the justice that you seek. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
 

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Sorry for your loss Dorothy. Any help I can be just let me know. A wife of a fellow firefighter is facing the same situation here. Her husband after getting off of shift was sitting at a red light when a car driver crested the hill he was on and hit him at better than 75 mph in a 45. Originally, even though he dragged the rider for more than 150 feet under his car, he was only going to receive a failure to regard a traffic control device. At last check more charges were being filed. My thoughts go out to you and your family.
FF Robin "Jinx" Burton-Jenkins RIP 10-6-06
 

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Dorothy, I'm very sorry for your loss. Alot of us will be praying for you in the days to come.

I hope that justice is served and that it in some way makes it safer for the rest of us riders.
 

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Dorothy - did you talk with Ken R. in Leesburg? I received an email from him (told him you'd be calling) and he said he'd be happy to help you. Email me at [email protected] if you need his contact information again. - Jim
 

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Jim- I didn't call yesterday (I still have the info though) because they upped the charges against the man to involuntary manslaughter or vehicular homicide. The detective wasn't sure which one just yet. That is what I was fighting for so I don't know if I need to keep going. I will call him at least today and let him know what is going on. Thank you soooooo much for your support and help
 
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