granted.. it could have been a 250 ninja.. but i highly doubt it...
another inexperienced rider down..
another inexperienced rider down..
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/localnews/content/local_news/epaper/2006/02/11/0210ninja.htmlTeen killed in wreck
By Susan R. Miller
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Saturday, February 11, 2006
DELRAY BEACH — A makeshift memorial of flowers sprouted Saturday in the swale where 19-year-old Kimy Louissant died Friday night, killed when his Suzuki Ninja motorcycle slammed into a Lexus in the 300 block of Southeast Third Avenue.
A few blocks away, at the 505 Teen Center on Federal Highway, a group of young men gathered to play on computers, shoot pool and remember their friend as "a cool guy" who "loved everything Ninja." "He wanted to be a Ninja; he always dressed up like it. Ever since he was in high school, he wanted a Ninja motorcycle," said Dennis Boulin, 15, who knew Louissant from the teen center where the two took martial arts classes.
"All he ever talked about was a motorcycle. Now that he got it, he is dead," said 14-year-old C.J. Gerain.
In a neighborhood where a lot of young men give up on their dreams, many said Louissant strived to make them come true.
"Anything he wanted to do, he did," said Joel Isme, 16. "He worked real hard." Friends said Louissant bought the used black motorcycle for $2,000 less than a week ago.
"Some people didn't want him to get a motorcycle. He would have gotten it last year, but his friends said not to," said Lubin Moise, 19.
According to police, Louissant and the driver of the Lexus, Elaine Joseph, of Delray Beach, were heading south on Southeast Third Avenue, when Joseph attempted to turn into a driveway. Police say Louissant, who was wearing a helmet, appeared to be speeding and was unable to stop before slamming into her car. Joseph was taken to Delray Medical Center with minor injuries.
"We heard a big old crash and we came out the door. We seen him on the ground. We didn't know what happened," said Tameka Louis, who lives in the duplex steps from where the accident happened.
At the makeshift memorial, Matthew Carbone, one of the teen center's supervisors, brought flowers, sat on the sidewalk and wept.
"He wanted to be a Ninja and he drove a Ninja," said Carbone.
Friends and family said Louissant loved Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee movies and wanted to be a martial arts movie star. He was a green belt and won first place in his division at a martial arts competition, said his coach of three years, Delray Beach Police Sgt. Adam Rosenthal, one of the officers who responded to the accident.
"This is a nice kid," Rosenthal told a reporter Friday night. He pulled out his cellphone and scrolled to a photo that showed Louissant standing next to four other teens dressed in martial arts uniforms.
Born in Haiti, Louissant had been here five or six years and came from a large family of four boys and three girls, said his brother Louis, 25. His mother, he added, was not taking it well.
Mike Borton, a youth pastor who met Louissant three years ago, described him as someone who always wanted to help with civic projects.
"This kid was committed, when he worked, he worked real hard," Borton said. "Some kids just screw around, but he was dedicated." The Rev. Charles Fifield of the Banyan Tree Church, an evangelical non-denominational church whose members met at a Delray Beach Miami Subs until Hurricane Wilma destroyed it said Louissant was a regular.
"He was such a fabulous, supportive young person," said Fifield. "He had so much potential." Louissant attended Atlantic Community High School and was a member of the ROTC, Louis said. But he didn't graduate. Instead, he went back and earned his GED. Recently, he started working at Louie Louie Too, a Italian restaurant on Atlantic Avenue.
Juan Vega, the restaurant's manager, said Louissant's father had told him to sell the motorcycle and he had just offered to sell it to another employee on the day of the accident.
"He was a very quiet kid, but a hard-working person," Vega said. "He was learning and doing well. We were very happy with him." The family was still making funeral arrangements Saturday evening.