A biker who was taking part in a protest ride against mandatory helmet laws has died… after crashing and hitting his head on the pavement.
Philip Contos had been riding in a New York anti-helmet rally when the accident happened and he flew over the handlebars of his Harley-Davidson.
He hit his head and though the 55-year-old was taken to hospital, he was pronounced dead on arrival having suffered a fractured skull.
The bike-fan had been taking part in the event backed by an organisation which encourages the voluntary use of helmets but opposes mandatory helmet laws.
And yes, police say the chances are Contos could have survived the accident had he been wearing a helmet. Talk about an ironic way to go.