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Fatal motorcycle accident in New Orleans
« on: March 30, 2008, 08:28:38 AM »

NOPD arrests motorcycle driver after fatal accident
11:18 AM CDT on Friday, March 28, 2008
By Jill Hezeau / WWL-TV Eyewitness News

New Orleans police have arrested the driver of a motorcycle after an early morning fatal accident.

Police said 47-year-old Brian Gumto was traveling westbound on Tchoupitoulas with 37-year-old female passenger when, at the intersection of Calliope, he turned around to argue with her.

Gumto then struck the curb and flipped several times.

He sustained minor injuries. His passenger was taken to the hospital where she later died.

Police booked Gumto and charged him with vehicular homicide after he was given a Breathalyzer test which came back over the legal limit.

Police are not releasing her name pending notification of her family.

(Another version of the story from the Times-Picayune:)

Saturday, March 29, 2008
From staff reports

A woman was fatally injured in a motorcycle crash early Friday in New Orleans, the Orleans Parish coroner's office said.

Judith Smith, 35, was a passenger on a motorcycle Friday about 1 a.m. at Tchoupitoulas and Calliope streets, chief coroner's investigator John Gagliano said, when the motorcycle reportedly struck an object in the road and Smith was thrown off. She died Friday at 3:59 a.m. at University Hospital.

Smith had been in New Orleans for about eight months, but was from the Tampa Bay, Fla., area.

Police provided no additional information on the accident. The identity of the driver was unavailable.


(The driver, Brian Gumto, was a sales person from the local H-D dealer on Airline Dr. & Judith Smith worked with the Army Corps of Engineers)
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Re: Fatal motorcycle accident in New Orleans
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2008, 09:36:32 AM »

Very sad, tragic and unnecessary.  It seems the innocent always suffer the most.  If the written account of what happened is correct I hope they throw the book at the rider.   
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Re: Fatal motorcycle accident in New Orleans
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2008, 05:02:02 PM »

SOOOOOOOOOO SAD          Linny
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Re: Fatal motorcycle accident in New Orleans
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2008, 08:28:58 PM »

Another tragedy that may have been avoided by good judgement and better choice-how many times have you dodged this bullet?
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Re: Fatal motorcycle accident in New Orleans
« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2008, 09:33:57 AM »

I just wonder how the news reporter determined that the rider was argueing with the passenger?  :-\  spyder
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Re: Fatal motorcycle accident in New Orleans
« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2008, 10:46:09 AM »

I just wonder how the news reporter determined that the rider was argueing with the passenger?  :-\  spyder

Would have made more sense if they were married and arguing.
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Re: Fatal motorcycle accident in New Orleans
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2008, 08:25:30 PM »

a sad story indeed
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Re: Fatal motorcycle accident in New Orleans
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2008, 06:25:53 AM »

Another tragedy that may have been avoided by good judgement and better choice-how many times have you dodged this bullet?
Yes indeed, a horrible tragedy.  And how many times have I dodged that bullet?  Probably at least once every day of my 51 years.

Bikes go where you are looking, and he was not looking forward. 

Sad story indeed. 
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Re: Fatal motorcycle accident in New Orleans
« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2008, 12:18:51 PM »

Not good, prayers and condolences to the family.  You can only imagine what the rider has to live with.
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Re: Fatal motorcycle accident in New Orleans
« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2008, 04:54:30 PM »

I agree that it is sad indeed but I also have a little different perspective on the matter though he was VERY wrong and VERY guilty...did she not know that he was drinking before she got on the back...I would be very surprised if they were not drinking together and then...no innocent victims.

These incidences give us all a black eye that we sure as H E double hockey stick don't need.

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Re: Fatal motorcycle accident in New Orleans
« Reply #10 on: April 21, 2008, 05:19:16 PM »

Well, his BAC was .09 and hers was nearly .20, and she was arguing with him while they were riding.
Neither of them should have been on a bike.
A $25 taxi is far cheaper than a DUI ticket or death.

He has been released on bond & is back at work pending trial. We can tell he is completely devastated by this and hasn't even begun the legal process yet....
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Re: Fatal motorcycle accident in New Orleans
« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2008, 02:37:12 PM »

Well, his BAC was .09 and hers was nearly .20, and she was arguing with him while they were riding.
Neither of them should have been on a bike.
A $25 taxi is far cheaper than a DUI ticket or death.

He has been released on bond & is back at work pending trial. We can tell he is completely devastated by this and hasn't even begun the legal process yet....

Point made!!
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Re: Fatal motorcycle accident in New Orleans
« Reply #12 on: April 22, 2008, 08:34:12 PM »

Well, his BAC was .09 and hers was nearly .20, and she was arguing with him while they were riding.
Neither of them should have been on a bike.
A $25 taxi is far cheaper than a DUI ticket or death.

He has been released on bond & is back at work pending trial. We can tell he is completely devastated by this and hasn't even begun the legal process yet....

And there you have it! What a wing-nut! RIP!
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Re: Fatal motorcycle accident in New Orleans
« Reply #13 on: November 08, 2018, 08:11:51 AM »

As someone who knew both the deceased and the defendant, however briefly, I felt it incumbent upon me to clarify a few points on this unfortunate case:

• His BAC was 0.923 (typo??) when a field sobriety test was administered by NOPD later that evening;
• Hers was listed as 0.112 post-mortem;
• The legal limit is 0.08 in Orleans Parish, State of Louisiana;
• The intersection of Tchoupitoulas and Calliope (https://goo.gl/maps/webov7KchZR2) is fairly straightforward to navigate, with wide sight-lines, if not especially well-lit at night;
• The accident occurred 1 mile into their otherwise 6-mile journey back home;
• Neither party, originally from Florida, had lived in New Orleans very long;
• Found guilty of vehicular homicide in 2008, Mr. Gumto was sentenced to substantial jail time, which he served in part, his term concluding somewhere between 2012 and 2014;
• The facts of his conviction and unsuccessful appeal in court can be read at https://504.la/2D9FCHO
• His online profiles reside at https://www.facebook.com/brian.albert.988 and https://www.linkedin.com/in/briangumto/
• During his 6 months in New Orleans, Mr. Gumto was a salesperson for Harley-Davidson Motor Company; after his release from prison, he was again hired by the company as a parts department manager at a different location, and he currently is employed by Greg's Custom Cycle Works of Clearwater, Florida.

Sorry to dredge up a morbid and long-forgotten topic, but the trauma to both sides was real and palpable at the time. I hope my posting this (hopefully unbiased) assessment helps to clarify things a bit without casting aspersions.

 - Libra

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Re: Fatal motorcycle accident in New Orleans
« Reply #14 on: November 08, 2018, 10:30:50 AM »

Drinking and driving is never a good thing...
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