Motorcycle use was not unauthorized

Peace Corps Online: Directory: Sierra Leone: Peace Corps Sierra Leone : The Peace Corps in Sierra Leone: January 23, 1979 - Dayton Daily News: RPCVs remember Peace Corps Volunteer Timothy Matthews who died while serving in Sierra Leone in January, 1979 at Age 23 : Motorcycle use was not unauthorized

By P Murrah ( - on Saturday, March 13, 2004 - 7:36 pm: Edit Post

I was also PC in Sierra Leone in 1979 when Tim was killed. I knew him but not well. I remember myself and other volunteers being concerned when he was issued a motorcycle. The driving conditions in Sierra Leone were the worst any of us had ever seen. We felt strongly that it required constant use of both arms to safely navigate the roads and avoid the many untrained drivers there. Why would the notes about Tim's death say the motorcycle was unauthorized? My understanding was Peace Corps had the motorcycle modified for him at a workshop in Bo.

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