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Motorcycle Safety Dedication

Posted on 12 August 2012 by Monica Zech

The motorcycle safety information on my website and in my safe driving lectures are dedicated to “two” special people – both were killed while riding their motorcycles.


Motorcycle Safety Instructor & A Good Friend Paul Palika

Dedicated to a long time friend in safety Paul Palika.  He was heavily involved in motorcycle safety training for the military and for civilians.  We worked together numerous times doing safety presentations for several years.  Sadly, he was killed on March 12. 2011, on the 805 near Balboa Avenue while riding his motorcycle in the rain.  A vehicle driving way too fast for the rainy conditions spun out in front of Paul.  He struck the car and was thrown from his bike and killed.


Eric Joshua Dobles - this photo was taken the day of his graduation from Camp Pendleton's Boot Camp. Taken the day before he was killed on his motorcycle

On October 11, 2011, Eric Joshua Dobles, age 20,  had just graduated from Camp Pendleton’s Marine Boot Camp the day before. He is pictured here with his very proud family in the above photo …again, taken the day before he died.  According to his family, he always wanted to own and ride a motorcycle.  Before getting the proper training, he bought a motorcycle and attempted to ride it home.  According to police Eric struck a parked vehicle on Jamacha Road, north of E. Main Street, and was killed.  His family is devastated.

It is your choice to ride a motorcycle, but please get the proper training, special drivers license and insurance needed to ride a motorcycle.  Also be aware of the many dangers involved when riding a motorcycle.  Wear a full helmet, wear the proper clothing.  Also realize there is “zero” protection for your body when riding on a motorcycle…these are the worse crash scenes I respond to.

Motorcycle Safety website:

Please be safe!

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