6:30 p.m. Oct. 4, Sinclair Road and Freeway Drive: Police reported 16-year-old Curtis Klingbiel, of 5209 Roche Drive, died at the scene of a motorcycle-car accident. Police said Klingbiel was riding a motorcycle south on Sinclair when an Acura Integra going north on Sinclair tried to turn left into Ramson Square, a shopping center. Klingbiel's motorcycle hit the right front corner of the Acura, then fell to the pavement. The Minerva Park medic unit responded and pronounced Klingbiel dead at 2:01 p.m., police said. Klingbiel was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. Police have filed no charges in this, the 40th auto fatality of 2003 in Columbus. They said they were continuing their investigation.
A couple of things make this particular story painful on a personal level. (1) This kid lived in my neighborhood and I saw him riding all the time. He always had a helmet on and I never saw him ride like a squid; he had a Rebel 250 that he was just learning how to ride and he always looked happy on his bike. (2) Tuesday, on the local radio station, his younger brother called in and requested the DJ play "So Far Away" from Staind for his brother who had just died. He was all choked up and could barely speak. It was enough to make you weep. I feel really sad whenever I think about it.
I never knew the guy, but still, this story hits me hard for some reason. I'm dling So Far Away right now...I think this site should have sort of a section dedicated to fallen riders; perhaps a section where you could post a photo of the individual and a little memorandum, everyone could put in a good word about the person, or a heartfelt message...anyone agree?