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Death of an instructor on the range..very unfortunate..

Training incident Ray Ochs
Jan 10, 2006 15:42 PST


On Sunday, January 8, 2006, an incident occurred during a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) certified RiderCourse at a training site in Santa Clarita, California, in which a RiderCoach fell and suffered severe injuries. He was promptly transported to the hospital by emergency medical professionals, but this morning tragically succumbed to those injuries. The incident occurred during a planned range exercise and no other RiderCourse participants were involved.

In 32 years of training in fifty states and beyond, this is the first time a RiderCoach has suffered fatal injuries while on the job. Motorcycle Safety Foundation certified training professionals have trained more than 3.3 million motorcyclists throughout the world since 1973. There are currently over 7,000 motorcycle safety training professionals nationwide and in the Armed Services. These women and men are dedicated professionals who teach the basic skills of motorcycling and share their knowledge and love of motorcycling with others.

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has made grief counseling available to the family and friends of the RiderCoach, other class participants, and all training site personnel. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of all those affected.

MSF thanks all RiderCoaches and RiderCoach Trainers for the challenging work you do, and note the need for caution when helping riders.
 

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karlb said:
feel sorry for his loved ones, any further info on what happened??

Apparently he fell down while walking backward (attempting to help or maybe stop a student) and smacked his head. Was conscious and awake, but died at the hospital. Walking in this manner is common in rider training , as instructors are trained to never turn their back on a novice student with a running motor.
 

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OK, so in the report of the death they dont mention that although the man was involved in a course at the time of the incident the death wasnt related to the motorcycles. I would think they would want to point that out.
 

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Where was this reported? Google was no help in locating the article although I did learn of Ray Ochs, Ed.D. He is the Director of Rider Training Systems with the MSF and as such you would think that he, of all people, would have reported the fact that a motorcycle was not the cause of the death.
 

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karlb said:
OK, so in the report of the death they dont mention that although the man was involved in a course at the time of the incident the death wasnt related to the motorcycles. I would think they would want to point that out.
Karlb,

Here is how another report describes the incident.

By Carol Rock, Staff Writer

VALENCIA - A motorcycle safety instructor from California City died Sunday attempting to help a student during a class in a parking lot at College of the Canyons.
Nelson Motorcycle Training School instructor Leo Baseggio, 62, was attempting to stop or gain control of a motorcycle ridden by a student when he lost his footing and hit his head on the pavement, sheriff's Detective Robert Smoldt said.

The incident occurred about 12:30 p.m. in the west corner of Lot 7, at Valencia Boulevard and Rockwell Canyon Road. About a dozen students were participating in the class - which rents space from the college for the program - at the time of the accident.

"The instructor was on foot and fell backward," college spokesman Bruce Battle said. "We have been told he was conscious and wanted to get up, but the people there told him to stay down and wait for help."

Baseggio was taken by ambulance to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, where he died.

Nelson Motorcycle Training, Inc., is a private school that provides basic and advanced classes in safe motorcycle operation. The company, which is a subcontractor of the California Motorcycle Safety Foundation, has been renting space at


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the college for just short of a year.

Mike Mount, spokesman for the California Motorcycle Safety Foundation, said Sunday's accident was the first in the group's 32-year history.

"We've never had anything like this happen in all the years we've been teaching safety in the United States and abroad," he said.

The foundation is part of the national Motorcycle Safety Foundation, which administers 1,500 courses across the country. More than 800 of the foundation's classes are held in California.

Upon completion of the program, motorcyclists can get their operator's licenses or qualify for reductions in their insurance premiums. The program is endorsed by the California Highway Patrol.

Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252
 
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