In 2011, Philip Contos participated in an anti-helmet law rally Onondaga, NY. He was one of 500 motorcyclists in attendance. While riding his motorcycle one day, Contos' bike swerved from side-to-side out of control. He was thrown over the handlebars and hit his head on the pavement. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. State troopers said he would have survived if he had been wearing a helmet while riding.