Anti-Helmet Protestor Dies from Head Injury, Not Wearing Helmet

A motorcyclist protesting helmet laws lost control of his motorcycle during his protest ride on July 2, and died after hitting his head on the pavement in upstate New York.

State troopers say that 55-year-old Philip A. Contos of Parish was riding with a group of bikers who were rallying against helmet laws by not wearing helmets.

Contos’ motorcycle fishtailed after he braked, causing him to lose control and fall over the handlebars, according to troopers.

He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Troopers say that Contos would have probably survived had he been wearing a helmet.