Larry Taylor, 61, was the victim of a fatal motorcycle accident that occurred at 5:45 a.m. on Tuesday, according to tdo.com.
The accident occurred at the corner of Meridian and John Knox roads and also involved Carla Richardson, 54.
Taylor’s motorcycle hit the front of Richardson’s Toyota Camry.
Due to the force of the impact, Taylor was thrown from his motorcycle.
Police said the accident was not caused by an influence of alcohol or drugs.
However, Taylor was not wearing a helmet when the accident occurred and he later died at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.
This is a sad story but the fatality could have been prevented.
Many people ride motorcycles and fail to wear the proper safety gear.
Perhaps they feel like they will not be able to give off the full “cool” affect. But wouldn’t you rather arrive alive?
I am not speaking ill of the dead but I believe that if Taylor were wearing a helmet, the accident would not have ended the way it did.
After all, you can never be too cool for safety.
It is important to remember that people are not born with nine lives.
People are taking risks everyday, but it is their responsibility to save the life that is their own.
God did not make man invincible, so people should start wearing the proper protective gear.
This includes seat belts and bicycle helmets.
Hopefully others will learn from Taylor’s mistake and decide to “safely ride or die.”
Leontyne Mason for Editorial Board