James W. Boice of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia (WV) was enjoying an early morning ride on his Suzuki motorcycle when his life came to an abrupt end. He was hit from behind by a Jeep Cherokee at the intersection of East Market Street and Battlefield Parkway in Leesburg, Virginia (VA).

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After the motor bike/SUV crash, Mr. Boice was transported to Loudoun hospital center but died of his injuries, according to wtop.com. He was only 39 years old.

Mr. Boice is survived by his wife of four years along with his parents and two siblings. My deepest sympathies go out to them, and the rest of the Boice family.

Mr. Boice apparently made an impact in the lives of many people. On a Loudini.com article written about this tragic motor bike accident, comments were posted by friends and co-workers of Mr. Boice. One heartfelt post said:

“You see it in the movies, that rare person that touched the lives of hundreds of people. This was James. He lived more in his short years than most of us will ever live. He meant more to more people than most of us can ever imagine. He was the life of every party, a true friend to so many people, generous, compassionate. Everyone loved James. Everyone.”

The driver of the Cherokee was charged with reckless driving and may face additional charges.

This tragic accident highlights the importance of constant vigilance while behind the wheel of a car, truck, or SUV. Even a brief distraction or moment of mental haze can result in a loss of life.