Bike blogger, 34, dies in crash moments after filming himself steering his Harley Davidson with his feet and texting
A Russian biker blogger died in a crash moments after he filmed himself steering his Harley Davidosn with his feet. It was also reported that 34-year-old Artem Boldyrev was simultaneously texting before he smashed into a fiat car around 40 miles from Moscow. Reports said that Boldyrev had sent the daredevil video to one of his friends just befor the fatal crash on Monday on Russian federal highway M4 while on the way to Rostov-on-Don.
Boldyrev, nicknamed Bolt, had almost 300,000 followers on his YouTube channel "Moto Nexus" in addition to various other social media accounts. Boldyrev's friend Evgeny Matveev said that the father of sent him the video of streering the bike with his feet before the accident.
Matveev posted on social media, "This is the last video of Bolt which he forwarded me at 2:15 pm. Time to confirm the news. Bolt has crashed to his death." The biker's final words included, "Most problems arise due to the fact that I don't give a ****."
Russian newspaper Komsololskaya Pravda reported that he was also texting at the time of the fatal crash.
According to his friends, Boldyrev always preferred to ride without a helmet and had previously said that he would much rather die in a crash than be disabled for life. However, he was wearing a helmet when the fatal crash happened. It is believed that the helmet came off due to the impact of the crash. Boldyrev also owned several other bikes but is it reported that he died while riding his Harley Davidson.
Many of his fans and followers took to social media to pay tribute to the late biker.
One fan shared, "Thank you for your love to motorbikes! 'You were busy doing what you love. You died doing what you love." Another fan added, "Artem rest in peace. Looking at your race, I always wondered when it would happen. It’s a pity that many other bikers died."