Harley-Davidson dealer dies in fatal crash

 
BY DOUGLAS HANKS
dhanks@MiamiHerald.com
 
A Wyoming police report said famed Harley-Davidson dealer Bruce Rossmeyer failed to see the turn signal of a truck that pulled in front of him while he drove his Harley to a motorcycle rally Thursday. Rossmeyer died in the collision.
 
Rossmeyer, 66, who was not wearing a helmet when he hit the truck at 10:59 a.m., was thrown from his seat on the 2008 Harley and landed partially under a trailer the truck was pulling in Wyoming's Sweetwater County, according to the report from the Wyoming Highway Patrol.
 
Rossmeyer had the largest portfolio of Harley dealerships in the world, including three in Broward and a complex in Daytona Beach that includes shops and restaurants.
 
Rossmeyer, who lived in Ormond Beach, was riding in a caravan of motorcycles as he and friends headed for the Sturgis biker rally in South Dakota.
 
Robert L. VanValkenburg, 73, of Rock Springs, Wyo., was driving the Ford pickup and attempting to turn left onto a dirt road from Highway 28 when Rossmeyer tried to pass him on the left, the report said.
 
``It is unknown why Rossmeyer did not see the turn signal/brake lights,'' the accident report said.
On Friday, Rossmeyer's family released a statement saying his name would remain on the his 15 Harley dealerships. The family will have a private funeral Tuesday in Ormond Beach.


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