October 31, 2014

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UPDATED: Columbia Station couple killed in motorcycle crash

An Ohio Highway Patrolman investigates the scene of a double fatal collision involving a motorcycle and a Chevrolet Equinox on Grafton Road in Grafton Township on Sunday. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

An Ohio Highway Patrolman investigates the scene of a double fatal collision involving a motorcycle and a Chevrolet Equinox on Grafton Road in Grafton Township on Sunday. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

GRAFTON TWP. — A Columbia Station couple died about 5:45 p.m. Sunday when the motorcycle they were riding struck a vehicle on Grafton Road.

The crash occurred at a sharp curve in front of 36781 Grafton Road about a half-mile north of Mennell Road. The motorcyclist, Robert Willis, was southbound when he rode left of center and collided with the front driver’s side of a northbound Chevrolet Equinox with three people inside, said Sgt. Christopher Brock of the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Elyria post.

Brock said what caused Willis to collide with the Equinox remains under investigation, but accidents frequently occur in the area.

Willis was thrown about 20 yards south of where the Harley-Davidson motorcycle he was riding landed. About 6:30 p.m., Willis lay in the road covered by a blanket.

Also killed in the accident was Willis’ wife, Jolene Willis, a passenger on the motorcycle.

The couple, both 37, were wearing helmets when the crash occurred, police said. Ohio law does not require adult motorcyclists to wear helmets.

Ohio State Highway Patrolmen walk around the motorcycle that was involved in a double fatal crash on Sunday.

Ohio State Highway Patrolmen walk around the motorcycle that was involved in a double fatal crash on Sunday.

The Equinox was driven by Debbie Harris, according to her daughter-in-law, Maggie Boley, who stopped at the crash scene. Boley said the passengers were Boley’s 9-year-old and 6-year-old sons. Boley said neither Harris nor the boys were seriously injured and all were wearing seat belts.

She said Harris was returning from a trip to the store with the boys when the crash occurred. Boley said Harris lives on Grafton Road about a quarter-mile north of where the crash occurred.

“It’s terrible,” Boley said as she looked at the bodies of Willis and his wife.

A man who visited the crash scene but wouldn’t identify himself said the Willis’s, of the 25000 block of Sprague Road, are the parents of five children. “They were great people,” he said.

The man said Robert Willis was a Marine who was planning to retire soon. Robert Willis’ Facebook page said he is from El Cajon, Calif., a city about 11 miles outside of San Diego. It said he joined the Marines in 1994.

Jolene Willis’ Facebook page said she was from Riverside, a southern California city. Friends posted condolences on her page. “Thank you for your love of my sister and Robert,” wrote Lori Busch, who said she was Jolene Willis’ sister.

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or egoodenow@chroniclet.com.


  • BroDelish5566

    God bless their souls. Weather is warming be aware of all traffic

  • Tonya Marie

    Those riding motorcycles need to be aware as much as those in cars.

    • Riley Dangerously

      duuuuhhhhhhhhhh…..RREEAALLLLLLYY?

      Are you in the rocket science field?

      • harley rider for life

        She dont have a fkn clue dude

    • Michael

      I missed your makes-no-sense comment. What did you not say?

    • NativeDaughofDare

      YOU need to look at the statistics at who is usually at fault! We know how little protection we have, too bad those in cages don’t seem to care!

  • Cheryl Foldes

    How tremendously sad for this family.

  • thetruth21

    Is this reporter Evan Goodenow completely out of his mind? According to facebook what was stated by Lori Busch to respect their family till rest of their family is notified. He has to snoop of facebook to find information on the family. That is low and wrong to even share all the information in the paper.

    • MrRespect

      I agree with you, however, those who put personal information and pictures galore out on the social media network put themselves at risk for just about anything today. I feel for the family’s involved. Both the motorcyclist and the poor children in the vehicle who I am sure were and will be tramatized.

      • Phil Blank

        In Yanhoo news yesterday, Facebook,s facial recognition almost as good as humans!
        Watch out!

      • NativeDaughofDare

        True, sadly. But being a journalist he should have higher standards. What a low move on his part.

    • Daniel Myers

      I do not like the way he wrote this article, far too much like a gritty crime novel. No sympathy for those involved or the families whatsoever.

      My heart and prayers go out to Robert and Jolene’s 5 children, their family, and their friends. This was a tragic event.

  • Mark B

    Its hardly safe to drive a car now days with everyone playing with their cell phone, much less be out there on a bike.

    • NativeDaughofDare

      I agree, but I’ll be darned if they will take anything else from me. I never ride without a prayer first, trust me. I’d hate to leave my family, but my value is on everlasting life. Just don’t want to rush it.

  • Victoria Buckle

    My heart goes out to Jolene & Rob’s children, family & friends as well as the passengers in the car.
    To the ppl commenting, please keep in mind that the children, family and friends of the deceased can read as well as you so please keep comments respectful.

  • B4CE

    It’s April and the area already has a double fatal involving a motorcycle. One wonders if they would be alive had they been in a car.
    I urge all riders that have children or are considering owning a motorcycle, to keep in mind the obligations you’ve made when bringing children into this world. Honor those obligations. Don’t buy a motorcycle, Sell the motorcycle if you own one.
    Limit the unnecessary risks in your life, increase the chance that you will be able to raise your children. The freedom of riding and wind in your hair does not justify the increased risk you assume when you get on a motorcycle.
    Please consider my words, not as condemnation, but as a reader who’s heart breaks every time I read about children that are left without a father and or mother due to unnecessary risk taking

    • stillsleepyeyes

      nice opinion but this could be the same in one of those electric cars also…………or how about a bicyclist or a runner………….should they quit doing those things too?

      • B4CE

        Can’t remember the last article I read in the chronicle about a bicyclist, runner, or electric car being involved in a double fatal accident, regardless of fault.
        Your lumping the three other transportation choices into the motorcycle argument over looks the the exponentially increased percentage of accidents involving motorcycles that are fatal.
        Deflect, dismiss, justify how ever you’d like, but motorcycles cannot be justified in the risk/reward decision process if you have children that depend on you.
        I hope, for your loved ones sake, you reconsider

        • stillsleepyeyes

          Do some research and get back to me………………also it seems your more likely to die in a school shooting or on a military base……….but if you decide to live in a shell……..good for you………….

          • HankKwah

            Once again, it’s the left-wingers trying to control your life. Now, it’s what you drive in or ride on. As far as he’s concerned, it’s not an accident, it’s negligence on the part of the motorcycle riders that there are children left without parents. Too bad they lost their lives or he’d have them prosecuted for some asinine thing.

          • B4CE

            Another gem by Honking Hank.
            I simply asked readers to consider that you are THIRTY FIVE TIMES more likely to experience a fatal motorcycle accident. If your children are grown, and your loved ones are ok with you needlessly increasing your chances of dying, by all means, do what is legally your right to do, ride o .
            This is far to important a subject to me to entertain your silly politics.

          • HankKwah

            Right. That’s why you responded. Still the hypocrite. Always the troll.

          • B4CE

            You replied also! Troll

          • HankKwah

            Riiiiiiiight.

            You still don’t get the concept. Not surprising, yet still pathetic.

          • Mary Lou Campogni McNamee

            B4ce totally understand and get what ur saying good advice.

          • B4CE

            Please show your your reference. As closely as I can recall, maybe 100 people died in school shootings last year, while millions of children went to school. Your assumption just doesn’t seem possible.
            But if you can prove to me that 100 is more than 5,000, I’m am all ears
            Since you brought up school, Is there an alternative that you be willing to send your children to school that would increase their odds of dying by 35 times? Could you possibly justify sending your children to a school that they were 35 times more likely to die when there was an alternative that would keep them safer?

          • NativeDaughofDare

            YOu talk numbers….look up who is killing us bikers, then comment.

          • B4CE

            Bikers.

        • NativeDaughofDare

          And statistics say that 9 times out of 10 it is NOT the bikers fault! SO sell your car so we can live and raise our babies!

          • B4CE

            Does fault matter to an child who losses their parent.?
            “Sorry your dad is dead, but hey, at least it wasn’t his fault! He may not be here to guide through life but look at the bright side, he died enjoying his motorcycle!”
            Foolish!

          • B4CE

            You want cars to be EXTRA vigilant so you can to EXTRA and unnecessary risks? And then blame the car driver ? Where is your responsibility to this equation?

    • Bob Sweatt

      WOW just wow.

      • B4CE

        Agreed! Another loving couple leaving children without a mother or father.
        Just a horrible thought

      • Godfather

        Bob, TAKE your nonsense elsewhere. Please.

        • Bob Sweatt

          Are you going to start copying and pasting stuff from an anti motorcycle website now??

          • B4CE

            Just the facts BOB.
            You are welcome to copy and past anything that disputes my claim that if involved in an accident, it is far more likely to be fatal than if you were in a passenger car

          • Bob Sweatt

            Hey I only copy and paste website that I get the correct information from. Sorry if they discredit your clams.

          • B4CE

            Bob, unless I misread the article, there was no mention of alcohol being involved in this crash. Why do you keep bringing it up?
            Pasting alcohol related crash info does nothing to dispute that motorcycles are statistically more dangerous than passenger vehicles.
            You have done nothing to disprove my info, you have only proven that drunk driving is very dangerous. I agree with your assessment. Don’t drink and drive. It’s illegal and dangerous

          • Bob Sweatt

            Well duh. I am just trying to show you that you are more LUCKILY to die in a drunk driving accident. But apparently I am using word that are to big for you to understand.

          • B4CE

            Yes Bob, I agree. Don’t drink and drive. It’s very dangerous. A very valid point. Acknowledged and agreed.
            Now that we have covered that drinking and driving is dangerous and illegal. Please understand that motorcycles are more dangerous than passenger vehicles. Or provide info that disproves my theory. Just because drinking and driving is dangerous results in more deaths, does not lessen the fact that motorcyclist are 35x more likely to experience a fatal accident.

          • Bob Sweatt

            Ok you are right It’s the family’s fault for letting this couple ride a motorcycle.

            Hey B4CE said not me. I am all for riding a motorcycle on a nice sunny day.

            LookTwice and Save a Life

          • Bob Sweatt

            Ok back to one of my original points. How many of the motorcycle accidents involve the driver of the car not paying attention??

            Look Twice and Save a Life

          • B4CE

            One I NEVER said anything like that. I’m disappointed in you for even stooping to that level.
            Two) comforting the kids down the street with , ” sorry your dad is dead, but at least it wasn’t his fault. The car didn’t see him & just pulled out in front of him, he didn’t stand a chance” is not comforting to them at all.

            Don’t ride, decrease the chances you’ll be in a fatal accident by 35x!

          • Bob Sweatt

            Apparently you are completely missing my point. Which doesn’t surprise me. Because you seem to be the type of person who always has to be right.

          • Bob Sweatt

            So we will all just agree with you that motorcycle riding is bad and driving a car (were you are more luckily to die in a drunk driving accident) is better.

            That make you feel better. To basically tell these peoples family that it was their fault for letting these people ride a motorcycle. Does that make you feel better??

      • B4CE

        I am a douche, can’t argue that.

        Please don’t misunderstand, I feel for this couples children and loved ones. It’s a horrible tragedy! In light of this tragedy, I hope these two stats can influence riders to reconsider the motorcycle as a mode of transportation.

        1)In 2005, the motorcycle fatality rate was 73 per 100,000 registered motorcycles; meanwhile, the passenger vehicle fatality rate in the same year was 14 per 100,000 registrations.

        2)Motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to experience a deadly accident on the road than those in passenger cars.

        • Bob Sweatt

          Since you are look up stats. Why don’t you look up how many people were killed due to drunk driving or texting related car accidents.

          And motorcyclist are usually kill due to people in their cars not looking twice.

          How many of those 5,000 were the motorcyclist fault?? I will bet at least 95% of those deaths were because of the driver of the car wasn’t paying attention.

        • Bob Sweatt

          I found out that 377 people died due to drunk drivers in Ohio in 2012

          Only 77 died on motorcycles from between January-June 2010 and June-September 2012 in Ohio.

          That’s a little bit different then your 5,000. But on you might have been going nation wide.

          Site of reference;

          http://exchange.aaa.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Motorcycle-Fatalities-by-State.pdf

      • NativeDaughofDare

        not just a douche, but a total loser even as a parent. What kind of kid wants this for a parent? Not one that knows any different. They are so bent on being right while not taking responsibility for being the cause of taking parents from their children. Cages kill bikers and themselves when they cut off big trucks thinking they can stop on a dime. WHat an idiot b4ce is….laughable douche.

        • HankKwah

          You fail to discuss all the bikers that like to weave in and out of traffic, and pass in between cars that are next to each other, and sometimes even ride on the berm to pass on two-lane roads. I see a lot more stupid stuff from bikers than not. Wheelies, burning out at green lights, slowing traffic as they screw around with each other.

          • NativeDaughofDare

            And most of them are riding crotch rockets and are young and dumb. That is not the majority of bikers. In some states lane sharing is legal. Most car drivers aren’t aware of laws governing motorcycles. The majority of bikers are not out there doing anything to put their lives at risk. I know I’m not 10 feet tall and bullet proof. Ever think that if they are going around a car it’s because that car or another has put them at risk. Look at the stats for what causes bikes to crash…we aren’t making it up. Bikers have a lot more to watch out for than you seem to be aware of. A simple patch in the asphalt can cause a problem. New riders can accidentally do burn outs or stall when they take off from a complete stop. We sure aren’t throwing cigarettes out of windows or tailgating then running over a car, talking on our cell phones or texting. Yes, some are out there acting the fool. MOST of us are just trying to enjoy getting to where we are going safely. I’m glad my bike is loud enough to be heard as well as seen.

          • HankKwah

            The same goes for drivers in “cages”. They are out there obeying traffic laws and just trying to get from Point A to Point B. Most of us hate the fact that your bike is loud enough to be heard as well as seen. Bikes should be required to be as quiet as cars and trucks. Hate the “rocket heads” that feel the need to rev their bikes at lights, or drive down the roads early in the a.m. or late at night, making all kinds of noise. Got stuck behind 12 bikes on Rt 6 last summer, riding double and side-by-side, doing 5 below the speed limit, women on the back shouting at each other as they rode. Really??

            The consideration thing goes both ways, and it drives me nuts that us “cage” drivers have to listen to rants like this every time a biker dies in an accident. Riding a bike is a choice, just like driving a car, smoking and everything else. If you want to take that risk, knowing with whom you share the road, all power to ya. But don’t preach to the rest of us when something like this happens. The responsible ones already know.

          • NativeDaughofDare

            Obviously they don’t. I was driving yesterday and obeying all the laws when some idiot passed a long line of cars and barely missed hitting my husband, me and another car head on. Ten miles later some dummy in a cage talking on her cell drifted in our lane three different times almost hitting me. She only stopped because I kicked her door. Should have kicked her but she sped off like the coward she is. So just because my pipes annoy you….you aren’t dying, we are. Do you have a brain bigger than a piss ant? Obviously not. So you get a little bothered. When we get hit it is life threatening and doesnt have to be. Hang the darn phones up AND pay attention to driving. I also drive a car, but I sure don’t act like an idiot.

          • HankKwah

            Well, if you’re “dying”, the logical thing to do is either stop riding your bike/suicide machine, or ride where there’s less traffic. You would obviously be the one with the missing brain material, you “piss ant” (the word is actually “pissant”, you mental midget), because you continue to engage in an activity that you know to be dangerous and life-threatening, yet you insist on trying to make everyone else be more careful for your sake. So, you’re either a congenital idiot (my theory), or you have a death wish. Either way, the SMART thing to do (I know, you’re incapable of such a thing), would be to stop riding, or shut your ignorant trap. Judging from your whiny attitude, you’ll do neither.

            I do so look forward to your next rant. It really makes my day. One last word of advice: You should probably watch whose “cage” you kick, because you’re liable to kick the wrong one, and that driver will make you pay for your stupidity.

          • B4CE

            You seem to be making my case for me. Thank you.

          • B4CE

            Any other dangers of riding that I didn’t think of that you can add to my point that riding is unnecessarily dangerous? Thank you, you brought things up that never crossed my mind! I will be sure to use them in the future!

          • NativeDaughofDare

            Having people like you even sharing our planet with your heartless remarks and stupidity that knows no end is more dangerous than jumping out of a plane without a parachute! Climb in a hole and stay there….PLEASE. Caution to anyone reading the above idiots comments- they are a troll of the worse kind.

          • B4CE

            Jumping out of a plane with a parachute is statistically safer than riding a motorcycle!
            A troll says stuff just to get a response. I believe that motorcycles are so unsafe that there is NO valid reason to justify riding. In your last post, inadvertently listed many reasons they are so dangerous. You, posted for me! Were you trolling yourself?

    • Bob Sweatt

      And since motorcycles are only ridden 3 or 4 months out of the year in Ohio. You are more luckily to get killed by a drunk driver then you are being killed while on a motorcycle.

      • B4CE

        Bob, it goes with out saying that one should drink and drive, nor should they text or drive. They are both illegal.

        Regardless of fault, nationally, almost 5,000 riders died in 2012. Do you think it matters to the family of the rider that it wasn’t their fault?

        You are 35 times more likely to experience a fatal crash on a motorcycle than in a passenger vehicle. THIRTY FIVE TIMES!!!!
        Please tell me another action that you would willingly take that increases your chance for death by THIRTY FIVE TIMES.
        Seriously, please tell me, if you could decrease the chance of dying by 35x, what action would you willingly ignore in order to see your children grow up?

        • Bob Sweatt

          Motorcycle or car. YOU ARE MORE LUCKILY to get killed by a drunk driver. FIVE TIMES more luckily in the state (where we live) of Ohio. I don’t care about statics of somewhere I don’t live. I only care about the state statics. But I guess I will also have to show you exactly how many people died due to drunk driving in the whole country compared to your motorcycle deaths.

          Total fatalities nation wide due to drunk driving in 2011 (drum roll please)

          32,367

          site of reference:
          http://www.alcoholalert.com/drunk-driving-statistics.html

          it didn’t go any higher then 2011.

          I would and have gone sky diving. I don’t live my life with bubble wrap surrounding me.

          Just go live in your bubble and play it safe.

          • B4CE

            Bob, would it make you feel better if I said, don’t drink and drive, it’s both illegal and unsafe?
            Please reconsider riding a motorcycle as you are 35x more likely to experience a fatal crash while riding .
            I don’t live in a bubble, I have fun with my children. On the other hand, the kids down the street still wish their father had taken one less unnecessary risk.
            Obviously, this couple’s tragic lesson is not hitting home with you. I get it, some guys think they are invincible.
            But please don’t deny the unnecessary increased risk in riding a motorcycle.

          • Bob Sweatt

            No but it would probably make the family feel better if you took down your comment basically call these people unfit parents for enjoying their motorcycle and getting killed because of it.

            B4CE you are completely cold hearted and I wish nothing but bad thing for you.

            But by your logic. It is just as dangerous to get in ANY car. Because you are more luckily according to the statics, to die in a drunk driving related accident.

            So like I said. Go live your life in your bubble were you are safe.

          • B4CE

            Bob, it’s likely , not luckily. The first 4 times I thought it might be a typo. Evidently not.
            Here is the point. It’s NOT just as dangerous to drive a passenger car. It is SIGNIFICANTLY safer.

            Driving is a way of life. There is NO getting around having to travel by motor vehicle. The only way I can control drunk driving accidents is to not drink and drive.

            How ever, if I don’t ride a motorcycle I also reduce I additionally reduce the likely hood of being involved in a fatal accident by 35 times.

            Couple other things concerning your beliefs.
            Statistically, sky diving is much safer than driving a passenger vehicle and significantly less likely to be involved in a fatal accident.
            I have to drive, but I don’t HaVE to ride a motorcycle that increases the odds of being in a fatal crash by 35 times.

          • NativeDaughofDare

            And we destroy less of the world when we choose to ride a bike that burns less fuel considerably. That leaves more money for my children too. And guess what I can get there just as fast as you. Safer even if you weren’t hogging the road cutting folks off. So I die on my bike while you destroy the world with your gas hog!!! But you feel good about your parenting skills….haha. LOSER!!

          • B4CE

            Bob, one question,
            What would be the most practical way that you could control, to reduce your chance of being involved in a fatal drunk driving crash?
            Remember, I asked a PRACTICAL way that You ALONE can control to reduce YOUR chance of dying in a fatal drunk driving accident.

          • B4CE

            Bob,
            Dug into your claim that you are more likely to be killed by a drunk driver than a motorcycle accident.
            Per 100 million miles driven( the standard for computing fatality rates) you are for less likely to die from an alcohol related accident than a motorcycle.

          • NativeDaughofDare

            YOU can’t argue with stupid. Thanks for trying though.

          • NativeDaughofDare

            Bikers would have a survival 35 times higher if people like the jerk B4ce didn’t drive!!! Jerks who can’t take driving cages seriously and pay attention should sell them NOW so that no more bikers have to die!!!!

        • NativeDaughofDare

          Yes it matters to my family. We are all bikers and enjoy the freedoms we fought for. So just do your part and pay attention. LIve and let live. FTW

    • Kathy Murray

      Really? Do u get out of bed in the morning? Do u leave the house and go anywhere? Better stop taking that risk u might not be here! SHUT UR MOUTH! UR R AN IDIOT! Really u need to think about what u r saying! Just be sad, that’s all u had to say!

      • B4CE

        Yes Kathy, I leave the house. And when I do I am securely seatbelted into my 4 door vehicle with abs braking , front air bags, & side curtains. Because subjecting myself to 35 times greater risk for death isn’t fair to my family

        • JayLynn Alexander

          WOW! REALLY ALREADY??? we get it…you feel as tho you’re invincible in your car! THEY EARNED the right to enjoy life ! How much time did you serve in that shithole desert? You should get a tattoo on your damn forehead…”I’m 35% safer than you” so when people ask what it means, you can preach your BS to whoever will listen…doubt it will be many. Statistically Ohio has the most motorcycle registrations of any state in the US!! There are 2 in this household…and YES proud to say one is mine!!!

          • golfingirl

            Well said!

          • B4CE

            35 times safer, not 35% safer.
            So what you are saying is there is no lesson to be learned here? That nothing positive is going to come out of this for you or your family? That even though your friends died taking an unnecessary risk, you are going continue to do the same thing that lead to their tragic deaths?
            Let me share something with you, about 5 years ago, 4 responsible men that I was familiar with crashed their motorcycles. None were at fault, all were good riders, all were sober when the accidents happened. Two were was forced into retirement due to being physicallydisabled. One spent months in a skilled nursing center to learn to walk and talk again. One left two little boys without a Dad.
            I’m a former service member, an excitement junkie and a natural risk taker. But as I watched these families suffer, I swore that putting myself in that type of danger was not fair to my wife or children.
            Let’s be honest, we ride for the thrill of it. Because it’s dangerous. But increasing your chances of death by 35 times is simply not justified.
            Please reconsider. Please let the painful lesson of this tragedy hit home an persuade you to change your views on unnecessary risk taking. Please don’t let this accident be in vain.

          • JayLynn Alexander

            You have spoken your beliefs & choices plenty on here now. Its time you shut the hell up & move on buddy!!! I ride because I ENJOY it. I’m not a risky rider, I obey the laws & speed limits. I’ve had plenty of friends in accidents. We know the risk. You aren’t going to get everyone on here suddenly want to sell their bike. So you need to stop this rant NOW. LET THE FRIENDS AND FAMILY MOURN THEIR LOSS. YOU ARE CALL ING THESE PEOPLE BAD PARENTS AND PISSING ALOT OF PEOPLE OFF! TIME FOR YOU TO GO HIDE BEHIND YOUR KEYBOARD ON A DIFFERENT STORY ALREADY! !

          • B4CE

            Actually maddam, I did stop posting, then well over 24 hrs later you told me to shut up.
            I understand you are in pain trying to make sense of this situation. But please keep my words in the forefront of your mind.
            Half of all motorcycle fatalities are NOT the riders fault. Doesn’t matter how careful you are.
            The real tragedy in this is you can say, ” I know the risk, and believe my enjoyment is still more important”
            To be clear. I feel deeply sorry for the 5 children. I have NEVER said their parents were bad parents. What I have said is, statistically, heroin and motorcycle cause the same percent of deaths in America. And I have begged riders that have children to reconsider the unnessecary risk they are taking.
            Please do not respond, I am done. I will pray that you reconsider

          • NativeDaughofDare

            WELL SAID!!!

    • Kathy Murray

      It really is none of your business to tell anyone how to live their life. You realize that is basically what you have stated from the beginning. You have the right to live your life the way you desire as well as quide your children as you feel is best. Personally, I don’t feel it is safe in any mode of transportation but I will still go out and drive as well as ride. Yes we own a motorcycle. Don’t judge me or anyone else. You make your joices and I will make mine. You might live longer or maybe I will live longer. No one knows when our Judgment Day will come, It is extremely sad for the the families and children, I just can’t imagine.

      You really need to re-read your last sentence, “Please consider my words not as condemnation, but as a reader who’s heart breaks every time I read about children that are left without a father and or mother due to unnecessary risk taking”.

      I don’t get it! And I’m not feeling it! How would you feel if the tables where turned and it was your brother or sister and you were reading this. Do not judge least you be judge. Remember you to will have a Judgment Day!

      • B4CE

        Funny you should bring up my brother, the big burly tattooed freak of a certified Harley mechanic. But more about him in a sec.
        Did you know, there are about 8 million motorcycle riders and roughly 5,000 deaths a year attributed to them. There are 4 million heroin users and between 2,000 & 2500 deaths per year attributed to the drug. If heroin was legal, would you try it? Heck no, it’s bloody dangerous. But statistically, motorcycles and heroin kill their users at roughly the same rate!
        So back to my brother. At 16, got his motorcycle endorsement. Graduated high school and went directly to Harley mechanic school in Daytona. I mean, he wasn’t a weekend rider, he lived the life. He got married at 30 & had two little girls. At 35 my 4 friends were involved in their accidents. (1 dead, 2 permanently disabled & 1 long term recovery) & his buddy from work died while riding. None of these riders were at fault. Meaning, they were careful non risk taking riders.
        After his buddy left 3 children without a father, my brother decided, ( on his own) that the risk of leaving a widow and girls without a father was not worth the enjoyment that he got from riding.
        My brother, the life long rider and rebel, saw the writing on the wall. Please don’t act as if I’m some hermit that never ventures from my home. It truly is the spouses and children I feel for. Why else do you think i am this persistent for so many years ? I get no joy from having to point out yearly that this is a supremely dangerous and unnecessary activity.
        Like when a home is burglarized we are reminded to lock our home. Or when a child starts a fire, we are reminded of fire safety. Each spring when someone dies unnecessarily on a motorcycle, the message should be loud and clear, please don’t ride !

        • NativeDaughofDare

          His choice. MIne is to go for a ride and enjoy what God made without the constraints of a cage! My daughters just said they would rather mom die enjoying life than to live forever and not have the enjoyment! Live to Ride, Ride to live…so screw it let’s go riding!

          • B4CE

            Good luck with that, to me, no amount of wind in my hair is more enjoyable than watching my children grow up to be successful, well rounded , adults that can come to me for help and advice.
            That’s why we are parents and children are children. Children are not mature enough to realize that taking unnecessary risks and chances is a foolish endeavor.

          • NativeDaughofDare

            My Children are now ADULTS….I’m more worried with quality not quantity. God said not to worry about tomorrow live for today. HE will take care of it. I’ll put my trust in God. Not some know it all opinionated creep hiding behind his keyboard upsetting friends and family of two wonderful loving people.

          • B4CE

            Remember the parable about the man on the roof during the flood? God sent the raft, motor boat and helo?
            In this case, god sent the car, seat belts, ABS, and air bags.
            The name calling really doesn’t help your cause. Like a child that lashes out because they are unable to use their words to express themselves .
            The is no valid counter argument to this other than,” I know the risks and simply don’t care that I am increasing my chances of dying by 35 times”

        • Joe Smith

          “Like when a home is burglarized we are reminded to lock our home. Or when a child starts a fire, we are reminded of fire safety. Each spring when someone dies unnecessarily on a motorcycle, the message should be loud and clear, please don’t ride !”

          No, by the standard of your post, if your house was broken into you would sell your house and if a child started a fire don’t have children.

    • NativeDaughofDare

      That is about the stupidest comment out there. I have an obligation to my children to share my love, the love of God and to teach them how to enjoy life. If those in cars would take their responsibility serious we wouldn’t have half the wrecks. Do you live in your closet with just your laptop?

  • Amber-Leigh Lacey Buckwald

    This area kills drivers in ALL TYPES OF VEHICLES on a consistent basis. Grafton Road and W River Road are NOTORIOUS for collisions even with people that have lived in the area their entire lives. These streets need to be heavily illuminated and speed limits slowed considerably. All motorcycle riders need to double check your tires and brakes before operation every single day that you ride. Automobiles should also be performing these life saving safety checks. SHARE THE ROAD WITH ALL FELLOW DRIVERS INCLUDING BICYCLES AND MOTORCYCLES!

    • Melissa Merrill Snyder

      The report says the biker went left of center. I’m sure the driver reacted as quickly as possible but it does take time to stop a vehicle. I’m sorry for the loss of these bikers, they sound like good folk. But, bikers need to be cautious also.

  • MarineWife081 .

    From A Marine spouse at 3/25 Brook Park Ohio, my heart, prayers and condolences go out to the families involved. Rest In Peace Mr. and Mrs. Willis, it was an honor to have met you.

  • Brittany Porter

    I knew Bob and Jolene… Both were very good people and my condolences go out to their children and family. Forever missed.

  • don

    My heart and soul goes out to the families of Robert and Jolene Willis. They were loved by many and will be missed greatly. What a beautiful family of five children.
    God rest their souls and our condolences to the family.

  • Shannon

    These people are my best friends and for the children and families sake it would be appreciated if you would stop with all the negativity. Keep in mind that some of the family members have not been notified. This is a huge loss for all of us that had the pleasure of knowing them. To think that he could survive war and to have both of their lives cut short is horrific.

    • Godfather

      Sorry for your loss. All these negative posters need to stop already.

      • Shannon

        Thank you. They were amazing people and the loss to their 5 children is weighing heavily on all our hearts

    • Bob Sweatt

      Sorry for your lose.

      • Shannon

        Thank you Bob. They were amazing people that will forever be remembered

    • ProudGranny

      I am praying for comfort for the all affected by this, especially those babies. God bless you all Shannon. I am sorry for your loss

      • http://batman-news.com Shannon

        Thank you. They were both amazing people. Ones that I call family. There loss will stay with all of us forever. Gone way too soon in my opinion.

    • NativeDaughofDare

      Sorry for your loss. We will keep their children in our prayers. Glad they have ya’ll to help them. Hope there is a benefit ride so that we can all help in some way.

    • WoodCarverHolo

      He was drunk. He had a BAC of 0.22. He murdered his wife.

  • Phil Blank

    Don’t drive plastic cars.
    How fast was he going on that bike to do that much damage to the SUV?

    • Godfather

      You have been flagged Phil.

      • Bob Sweatt

        you still haven’t given me an adequate answer to my question about what is the difference between life in prison and the death penalty. Either way you still die in prison.

      • Jeff

        flagged again

    • Bob Sweatt

      I am all for motorcycle riders. But you are right. that’s a lot of damage. But you also have to consider the speed of the SUV too. Basic Physics comes into play here.

    • JayLynn Alexander

      It is technically a highway, state route 57. Therefor, the speed limit ranges from 35 in town, 45 before the first curve, then 55 and curve speed limits are 35. I don’t think that really matters at this point. This is both sad and tragic.It is a VERY DANGEROUS CURVE, MANY BAD accidents at this curve

    • Joe Smith

      It is a combination of both speeds, if both are going 55 MPH each then it was a 110 MPH impact

  • edjriwnnt

    My condolences go out to the family of the deceased. Thank you Mr. Willis for serving our great country, and thank you for defending my freedoms to enjoy my life as I choose to live it!

  • GreatRedeemer

    How sad. God bless all involved and their families.

  • Stephanie S Cordell-Atkinson

    This is a terrible tragedy. For those who are criticizing their lifestyle in all this…shame on you. NOBODY has the right to judge them. And people really have to wonder why the world is such crap anymore…just look at the nasty comments. My heart goes out to their children.

    • Dawn Augustine

      All of this has to Stop !!! There are 5 children without parents !!!!’and 2 that where there when 5 children lost there Parent. Please think of all the kids in this before you put your 2 cents in!!!

  • Bobbi Highman Cricks

    All of this debating BS needs to stop. This is not about SUV vs bike or car vs truck or truck vs train. Yesterday a son,brother and father…and a daughter, sister and mother…and very good friends to many were taken from us suddenly. Rob and Jolene loved life, loved to have fun and loved to ride that bike. I can just see them both with the sun shining on their faces taking in the fresh country air when fate called up their numbers, for what reason we will never know. To warn others?? To save other lives?? Whatever the reason there are 5 children now without their mommy and daddy. So all of the would ofs should ofs could ofs dont really matter at this point and dont really belong on here, because their childern are going to see this. RIP ROB and JOLENE Love to both of you!

  • Kelley Hodge Creasy

    I had the honor of watching Jolene grow up, met Robert with Jolene’s mom, my best friend, and introduced the two of them so many years ago. They were such a great couple, their children are awesome and he is a hero. Many tours in Iraq, a great husband and dad, a dedicated 20 year Marine. Jolene was a loving mom and wife and a joy in my life and to all that knew her. We are so very devastated by this loss. Please pray for all of the family and for those children left behind. RIP Robert and Jolene. We love you.

    • http://batman-news.com Shannon

      Lord I remember them meeting Kelley! It was one of the best days for Jolene. She found her true soul mate! Thank you to you and Mom Marsha for introducing them.

  • Simon Jester

    It’s sad that when the moronic venom of B4CE is the 3rd google result for “Robert Willis Obituary”.

    B4CE, you aren’t qualified to polish Master Sergeant Willis’s boots, let alone lecture the rest of us about the “dangers of motorcycles”.

    We get it. There’s an associated risk. Anyone that’s done patrols in Iraq or convoys in Afghan (Which he did, repeatedly) probably understands that, and has earned the right to ride without morons like you lecturing them if they d@mned well feel like it.

    So go F*** yourself already.