May 9, 2015 9:00 am -


Sen. Joey BrushOur friend Karoli over at Crooks & Liars brings us yet another Great Moment in Irony:

I don’t mean to be flippant, because I really think this is a tragic story that didn’t have to end this way, but you know, that liberty thing is bigger than common sense.

Former State Senator Joey Brush was a fierce advocate for the right NOT to wear motorcycle helmets when on the roads. During his years in the state Senate, his key issues were the helmet laws and a change to state laws concerning traffic light sensors.

Augusta Chronicle: Brush, 59, died after a car pulled out in front of his Harley-Davidson motorcycle on Columbia Road about 8:30 a.m. Kimberly Crouch, 49, of Augusta, had stopped at a stop sign on northbound Louisville Road at Columbia Road and didn’t see the motorcycle before attempting to drive through the intersection, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris. Crouch was found at fault in the wreck and charges against her are pending, Morris said.

One of Brush’s key issues was helmet laws:

Brush is most remembered for sponsoring two groups of bills. One dealt with motorcycles and the other with education. The motorcycle bills included one to repeal the state’s requirement to wear a helmet…

Karoli also found this factoid:

During his career, Brush also spent some time involved in ALEC.
Brush was a builder and developer who spent four years in the Georgia House, then eight years in the Senate. For 10 years, he was a member of the energy committee at the American Legislative Exchange Council.

As Karoli also points out, none of the reports detail whether or not Brush was wearing a helmet, though Georgia law requires it.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

9 responses to Irony: Anti-Helmet Activist Dies In Motorcycle Wreck

  1. StoneyCurtisll May 9th, 2015 at 9:29 am

    I still have scars from a nasty motorcycle accident that happened way back in 1985..
    All I recall was hitting something in the road at a high rate of speed…
    Next memory I had is people, strangers leaning over me, telling me “dont get up, dont try to move, stay still”…
    To make a long story short..
    My helmet had a big chunk on the back missing from where it hit a guard rail pillar..

    Anyone that rides a Motorcycle without a helmet is stupid..
    If I had been riding “freedumb” style that day, I would be dead, or worse.

    • MarcoZandrini May 9th, 2015 at 10:29 am

      I call helmetless bike riders “organ donors.”

      • StoneyCurtisll May 9th, 2015 at 10:33 am

        Good call..

  2. Budda May 9th, 2015 at 9:38 am

    I gave up motorcycles a long time ago…just not safe. Anti helmet folks are probably the same ones who thought seat belts in cars were a bad idea. Freedom and stupidity are not synonymous.

    • Anomaly 100 May 9th, 2015 at 9:56 am

      Me too. Had a Harley years ago.

      • Budda May 9th, 2015 at 11:02 am

        Triumph 650

  3. William May 9th, 2015 at 10:31 am

    I live in Maine. I am an avid rider. Maine requires seatbelts but not motorcycle helmets.

  4. jybarz May 9th, 2015 at 10:42 am

    THICK HEAD alone won’t save you in a motorbike accident.

  5. Larry Schmitt May 9th, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    The liberty thing is bigger than common sense. That’s equivalent to what Joe the Non-Plumber said to the parents of a shooting victim in Santa Barbara last year: Your dead kids don’t trump my right to carry guns. These bozos have to learn that no liberty is absolute.