Anti-Helmet Law Senator Killed in Motorcycle Crash
It’s not the best way to start a week, but we do have some sad and terrible news to report. A former senator from the state of Georgia who pushed to repeal motorcycle helmet regulations in the state was killed when his bike was hit by a vehicle.
Joey Brush Jr., who once served two terms in Georgia’s state House between 1992 and 1996 and the state Senate between 1997 and 2004, died as a result of the accident. It’s still unclear whether he was wearing a helmet when the accident occurred.
Those who live outside Georgia may not be familiar to Brush Jr., but those who do know him will remember him as the man who championed the elimination of a state law that required motorcycle riders to wear helmets. At the time of the accident, WRDW-TV reported that Brush was actually on his way to meet state Governor Nathan Deal about a separate bill that would allow riders to treat red lights like a stop signs if their motorcycles did not trigger pavement sensors.
But things took an unexpected turn when Brush’s Harley-Davidson was struck by a car that did not stop at a stop sign. The driver of the car, 49-year-old Kimberly Crouch, has since been charged with second-degree vehicular homicide after being deemed responsible for the accident that killed the former senator.
Continue reading to read more about the untimely passing of Joey Brush Jr.
Why it matters
I don’t know too much about Joey Brush Jr., but upon reading about the guy, he apparently had such a strong stance on repealing the state of Georgia’s motorcycle helmet law that some of his political rivals criticized him for devoting far too much time on trying to get his bill passed.
Now you know how big I am on safety on the roads so if I had a say on his proposal, I would have shot it down, too.
That said, I’m not here to criticize Joey Brush Jr.’s position on the issue, nor will I point out the irony of how he died. That would be incredibly insensitive on my part.
I’m here to offer my condolences to his family and friends who are understandably grieving right now. My thoughts and prayers go to them.
Upon hearing - and reading - about the news of his death, my thought immediately went to a widely used quote in today’s culture about “not wishing something, even to your worst enemy.”
Former senator Joey Brush Jr. isn’t my enemy. I don’t know him and I won’t get a chance to. And while I disagree with his position of trying to repeal Georgia’s law of wearing motorcycle helmets, what happened to him is something I wouldn’t wish on anybody.
Once again, my deepest sympathies to the family he left behind, and prayers up also to Kimberly Crouch and her own family and friends. She’s been rightfully charged for this incident, even if there was no clear intention of trying to kill someone.
I hope everybody affected by this devastating accident can find strength in one another.