Helmet Protester Dies from Head Injury

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A biker was killed Saturday while protesting New York’s state law requiring helmet use. 55-year old Phillip A. Contos was riding with others in Upstate New York when he flipped over the handlebars of his 1983 Harley Davidson, striking his head on the pavement. The ride was organized by ABATE (American Bikers Aimed for Education), but the group is unsure if Contos was a member. Police report that, had he worn a helmet, he probably would have survived.