Family of Ontario man killed in motorcycle crash in Penfield speaks out
Posted at: 07/02/2012 11:44 AM
| Updated at: 07/02/2012 11:24 PM
By: Lynette Adams | WHEC.com
He died after a motorcycle crash and his family is speaking out with a message for every driver on the road.
Anthony Steimer Jr. passed away Monday morning after a terrible crash in Penfield on Saturday. His family said goodbye to the 31-year-old father of a two-year-old after giving him a final chance to help others.
Family members say Anthony Steimer Jr. loved his Harley. They say the devoted husband and father of a two-year-old, decided to take it for a ride and thought he would be safer if he avoided the highway. His sister and his friends are appealing to others to watch out for motorcycle riders.
Brandy Randall said, “My brother came up right here and the light was green. My brother had the right of way.
It was 2:00p.m Saturday when Anthony Steimer Jr. was on his Harley Davidson. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office says an SUV crossed four lanes of traffic on Empire Blvd. and cut Steimer off. Steimer’s motorcycle crashed into the truck.
Randall said, “I’m not going to place blame or anger because that’s useless, instead we want to make it known. Watch out for your surroundings.”
Randall says she feels broken and beyond sad. However, she doesn’t want her brother’s death go unnoticed. She wants to raise awareness about motorcycle safety.
Randall said, “The same day, my brother got into an accident. There were six motorcycle accidents. Out of the six, two were fatal. Most of them were because people were not paying attention.”
Dave Cox was one of Steimer’s best friends and a longtime biker. He says his friend was selfless and would help anyone in need.
Cox said, “I'm so fortunate that I got to meet him and be his friend and very unfortunate that and his family that we won't be able to be with him anymore.”
He says the Ontario father was talented and built the bike he was riding. He says Steimer rode defensively and slowly and should not have ended up in that crash.
Cox said, “Everybody's always in a hurry. There's accidents everyday. It’s just if you're on a bike that accident becomes a tragedy for somebody's family.”
Steimer’s family kept him alive long enough to harvest his organs. They’re hoping to save a life through that donation or their campaign to increase motorcycle safety.