Route 66 News

French tourist dies in motorcycle crash

An apparent Route 66 tourist from France died in a motorcycle crash Saturday on Interstate 40 west of Albuquerque, reported the Albuquerque Journal.

Erick Hamel, 53, of France died in the crash. The newspaper said he was part of a group of 15 who had landed in Albuquerque and were beginning a tour of America.

KRQE-TV in Albuquerque also had some details about the crash:

The event took a tragic turn shortly after when a female driver of one of the motorcycles lost control and hit the trailer of a semi. […] While officers were investigating they could not find the semi that was hit.

A video report:

The Journal said Hamel was a passenger. Both people on the motorcycle were wearing helmets, but Hamel’s was knocked off during the accident. The woman suffered minor injuries and is being treated at a local hospital. Neither alcohol nor drugs appeared to be a cause.

The crash occurred near the Rio Puerco area west of Albuquerque. Route 66 in that section is unavoidable interstate. The accident closed I-40 for a few hours.

7 thoughts on “French tourist dies in motorcycle crash

  1. Sharon Hansen

    That is so sad to read. We on Route 66 love our foreign guests and when a tragedy like this hits, it hurts almost as much as someone in one’s own family. Please pray for the victim’s family. The one positive thing about this is that this gentleman was probably living one of his dreams coming to America and driving Route 66 on a motorcycle so he died fulfilling one of his dreams. I just wish he could have completed the route before this happened. Life is so short. We must live each day like it’s our last because it could be.

  2. MARC

    A Erick,
    Tu avais et tu vivais tes rêves en croquant la vie à pleine dents.
    Tu étais un rassembleur et un humaniste au grand cœur qui aimait les gens.
    Avoir ta famille et tes amis autour de toi comptait plus que tout pour toi.
    Tu aimais partager les moments de ta vie avec tous ceux que tu aimais.
    Tu laisseras à nous tous le souvenir d’un mec génial.
    Tu es parti certes trop vite, mais je pense heureux en vivant ton rêve.
    A tous ceux qui liront ce message je veux leur dire de penser très fort à Erick, et en sa mémoire de lui souhaiter « bon vent et bonne mer » pour son dernier voyage.

    Tu va me manquer mon frère.

    Son frère Marc.

    1. Olivier

      A Erick

      C’est bien vrai, Erick était un mec génial. il avait un grand cœur, une immense générosité, une grande attention à l’autre.Il savait fédérer autour de lui, il était un bâtisseur, il croyait en l’autre.
      Erick était aussi un marin, c’est à cette occasion que je l’ai rencontré et de cette rencontre est née une grande, très grande amitié.
      Merci Erick, merci pour tout.
      Pensez à ses garçons, à sa compagne, à sa famille.
      Erick, je ne t’oublierai pas.
      Olivier

  3. Patrick

    je connaissais erick professionnellement et j’étais juste deux motos derrière eux, je ne cesse de revivre ce moment tragique ou tout bascule , repose en paix
    Patrick D.

  4. guioubert

    Nous aussi nous vous suivions quand le drame est arrivé.
    Erick représentait la joie de vivre, on devait fêter son anniversaire le lendemain.
    Nous pensons à toi et à toute ta famille.
    Armel et Cathy

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