MONDAY, SEPT. 30, 2013
HOWARD LAKE, MN
By Tara Mathews
Howard Lake resident Jon Kubes said he received quite a shock when a motor vehicle failed to yield and turned out in front of him while driving his motorcycle on Highway 12 Aug. 18.
Luckily for Kubes, he always wears his helmet. “The helmet was a condition of my wife if I wanted a motorcycle,” Kubes said.
He noted immediately after the accident he didn’t know where he was, and his main concern was getting off the road. At this point, he had no idea what injuries he had suffered.
“I had survived the crash; I didn’t need to get run over” Kubes said.
The occupants of another vehicle, Rich and Lisa Hendrickson, stopped to help him immediately and stayed with him until the he left the scene. “I am very appreciative of the couple who stayed with me throughout the whole ordeal,” said Kubes.
Kubes sustainted non-life threatening injuries, including a broken right thumb and some “road rash” on his left elbow.
“Even though my injuries were minor, I can’t see myself getting through this without the help of my family and friends. I don’t think they could ever know how much I appreciate their support,” Kubes stated.
Wearing his helmet not only saved his life, it was also cause for his nomination to receive the Saved by the Helmet award, which is a recognition by the Minnesota State Patrol.
“It is at the trooper’s discretion to nominate individuals through the investigation of the crash,” explained Trooper Sara Stack.
Stack was the investigating officer on scene after Kubes’ crash.
The criteria for the award includes:
• the person must have been wearing their helmet at the time of the accident, directly resulting in preventing serious injury or death;
• the person in no way contributed to the cause of the crash;
• the person was not under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs;
• the person, if driving, must have had a valid driver’s license.
Stack determined Kubes was eligible for the award and nominated him. Stack then proudly presented the award to Kubes.
“A message to my fellow riders,” said Stack, “is to remember to not only look at the obstacles in front of you, but beyond them, as well. Always have an escape route in mind and most importantly, it is never safe to assume other vehicles see you.”