Woman hurt in motorcycle crash reminds riders, drivers about safety

By: Kevin Hurd Email
By: Kevin Hurd Email

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- "It's the smells for me, I enjoy driving through the countryside smelling what the farmers wives are cooking for dinner," said Amy Storberg.

She has been riding motorcycles with her husband for 15 years and has lots of memories. But she remembers one day in 2008 especially well.

"I wasn't sure if everything was okay, and I was really scared," she said.

Both she and her husband were riding through Michigan. A car in front of them pulled over to the side of the road like they were going to stop, but turned back onto the road and made a U-turn.

"We continued right here and hit him behind the fire wall, which ejected me and my husband over his hood, over the line of traffic in the ditch on the side of the road," Storberg said as she described the accident.

Storberg sat in disbelief at what had just happened to her and her husband.

"And eventually they put me on a backboard and made me lay down and I guess they saw the shock in my eyes, that I was living through the pain through shock more than anything," she added.

Along with the scrapes and bruises, Storberg says she had to have three sections of her Vertebrae fused together. But through it all, she says both she and her husband learned a valuable lesson.

They never had worn helmets before, but Michigan required it at the time.

"That helmet saved my life that day, so from that day forward we no longer ride without helmets, I would honestly recommend anyone that's not wearing a helmet to wear helmets," she added.

And now, she hopes other drivers can learn a lesson from her story, too.

"Please think about who's beside you, a quick look in your mirror and that cycle can disappear very quickly, so make sure you look over your shoulder like you were taught in Driver's Ed," she added.

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