Dirk Sundman, my Dad,+Santa Cruz Scooterman Killed 11-2
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Sun Nov 02, 2008 11:10 pm quote
Dirk Sundman, my Dad, had a good day that ended badly. He was killed this Sunday morning in a scooter accident on Hwy 9 in the Santa Cruz Mountains. I'd like to thank the riders of the Vampires M/C Club who tried everything possible to help him through this.
My Dad and I were very close. We shared a passion for many things including scooting.
He absolutely loved scooting. He described it as close as he'd ever get to flying. He was a founder and President of the Vespa Club of Santa Cruz. He had been riding since 1958...almost every mile of it on a Vespa (he did have a Bajaj for a short time). Recently, he had been working with the Vespa Club of Los Gatos on details of Amerivespa 2009.
Without having this seem too much like a police blotter, I still think the MV Community would like some details of what happened.
As I understand it my Dad was participating (very ironically or appropriately - you decide) in the Vampires Motorcycle Club's Day of the Dead ride in honor of those riders who paid like my Dad did. The ride was headed south on Hwy 9 after having just turned off 35. The ride had split into two groups. The lead group and 3 riders who were going slower. My Dad was in the slower group. They were traveling about 35 MPH and my Dad's scoot slipped on some paint. On the other side of the painted stripe, it caught traction again and flipped. My Dad high-sided off the scoot. Unfortunately he hit hard head-first into the pavement and embankment. Although there were some signs of life right after the accident, it was a devastating head injury and he died on the way to the hospital. I understand he never regained consciousness. In all honesty, this is the way he would have wanted to go.
I did get to ride with him some...in fact, we rode to Amerivespa 2007 in Seattle together! My only regret is that I did not get to ride with him more often. I always thought we'd have more time.<==Mistake!
My Mom and Sister are holding up so far. My kids and my sister's kids are mostly just quiet.
To those who knew him, my Dad was a big, opinionated spirit and will leave a huge hole.
I am in shock and beyond my ability to describe how I feel at present. I love you Dad and miss you more than you could ever know. You will be a part of every scooter ride I take.

My Dad and I at Amerivespa 2007

Miss you Dad

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Molto Verboso
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Sun Nov 02, 2008 11:25 pm quote
wishing you and your family peace during this profoundly difficult time

RIP fellow rider. Godspeed.
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Sun Nov 02, 2008 11:29 pm quote
So sorry to hear this. Really sad. RIP.
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Sun Nov 02, 2008 11:36 pm quote
Memory Eternal!

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Sun Nov 02, 2008 11:46 pm quote
Your father sounds like a very giving, good hearted man, with a good family. So very sorry for your loss.
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Sun Nov 02, 2008 11:54 pm quote
So sorry for your loss.
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Mon Nov 03, 2008 12:25 am quote
I read about this earlier. I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. He sounds like a great man. I hope you have very fond memories of your lives together.
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Mon Nov 03, 2008 1:31 am quote
Thanks for sharing this tragedy. Prayers for you and your family.
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Mon Nov 03, 2008 1:31 am quote
Really sorry to hear this. Thanks for sharing and I wish the best for you and your family.
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Mon Nov 03, 2008 2:33 am quote
My condolences at this time.
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Mon Nov 03, 2008 2:35 am quote
There really are no words. You and your family are in my thoughts.
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Mon Nov 03, 2008 2:47 am quote
My deepest sympathy for your devastating loss. May his memory be as a blessing for you and your family.
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Mon Nov 03, 2008 2:58 am quote
Terribly sorry to hear this and wish to offer you and your family my deepest sympathies. Glad to hear that if he had to leave ... he went doing what he loved to do.
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Mon Nov 03, 2008 3:35 am quote
very sorry to hear about your loss.

my deepest condolences to your family.
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Mon Nov 03, 2008 3:36 am quote
My condolences. It is always truly sad news when something happens like this. May you find peace in your memories of the good times you spent with your father.
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Mon Nov 03, 2008 3:40 am quote
Arjen, my condolences on your terrible loss.
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Mon Nov 03, 2008 3:48 am quote
This is very sad. I'm sorry for your, and your family's, loss.
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Mon Nov 03, 2008 4:34 am quote
My deepest condolences are with you and your family.Stay strong.
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Mon Nov 03, 2008 4:57 am quote
Thoughts are with you and your family.
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Mon Nov 03, 2008 5:02 am quote
That news is tragic. I am very sorry for your loss. I hope you can take a bit of peace away with you knowing that he died doing something that gave him much joy.
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Mon Nov 03, 2008 5:12 am quote
So very sorry for the loss of your dad.

I had the chance to ride with him many times, as did the others in the South Bay. He loved to ride. We had some fun together. Dirkie will be missed.

May you and your family find some peace.

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Mon Nov 03, 2008 5:28 am quote
I'm so sorry to hear of this. Best wishes to you and your family.
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Mon Nov 03, 2008 5:42 am quote
I didn't know Dirk well, but I rode with him on a number of VCLG rides and talked to him numerous times. I have to admit I didn't know his name -- I was only an occasional rider on those rides, and never got a chance to get to know him.

Last night, I found myself reading the thread on BARF, visualizing the turn, visualizing the tire hitting the paint, and visualizing someone I know -- however tenuously -- go down and meet their end. It's a tragic reminder of the dangers we face when we ride, made all the more real by personal connection.

Arjen, please accept my condolences and my heartfelt sympathy.
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Mon Nov 03, 2008 5:44 am quote
Arjen, I am so, so sad about this. In the grand plan, all of our time is short. At least in your Dad's short time, in South Bay he got to ride some of the best twisty roads in the world with some of the best people he could hope to meet. Hang in there.
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Mon Nov 03, 2008 5:46 am quote
Deepest sympathies.

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Mon Nov 03, 2008 6:01 am quote
i'm so sorry to hear of your loss. my heart goes out to you and your family.
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Mon Nov 03, 2008 6:12 am quote
deepest sympathies for your loss. my thoughts will be with you today.
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Mon Nov 03, 2008 6:15 am quote
Hi Arjen,

I am sorrowed by your loss and that of your family. You and your family will be in our prayers.

In the peace of the LORD,

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Mon Nov 03, 2008 6:15 am quote
So sorry to hear of the loss to you and our community. He sounds like a great guy. My thought are with you and your family.
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Mon Nov 03, 2008 6:15 am quote
Prayers and encouragement to be stronge for you and your family. R
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Mon Nov 03, 2008 6:16 am quote
How horrible, I'm so sorry about your loss.

Stay strong.
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Mon Nov 03, 2008 6:26 am quote
God be with you.
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Mon Nov 03, 2008 6:27 am quote

I am sorry for your family's loss. Please accept my condolences and find comfort in your memories with your Dad.

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Mon Nov 03, 2008 6:33 am quote
I only knew him at rides since we lived so far apart and he didn't due forums. What I did know is that he was a very nice, kind hearted and honest man. He was there at my side when I went down in those same hills.

My condolences, RIP Dirkie!!
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Mon Nov 03, 2008 6:38 am quote
What the hells goin on? I just read there was a loss in the Royal Bastard family this weekend also. Ride safe people!
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Mon Nov 03, 2008 6:51 am quote
Your dad will be missed, Arjen. Everyone I know respected him in one way or another, knowing him as a kind and spirited gentleman.

May you rest peacefully, Dirkie; with the wind at your back and sun shining on your face, along those twisties into the heavens.
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Mon Nov 03, 2008 7:15 am quote
Dirk was the first person to say hello a couple of years ago at my very first VCLG ride.

What a loss to his family.

RIP Dirk.
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Mon Nov 03, 2008 7:20 am quote
My deepest sympathies to you and your family on the loss of your Dad!
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Mon Nov 03, 2008 7:21 am quote
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May you find comfort in knowing that many are thinking about you and your family and that their prayers are with you.
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Mon Nov 03, 2008 7:29 am quote
Deepest sympathies.

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