Lubbock motorcycle group remembers a fallen friend - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/28/10

Lubbock motorcycle group remembers a fallen friend

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

By Michael Slother - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) Friends and family members of a Lubbock motorcyclist killed in a collision this week remembered him with special ride on Friday.

Funeral arrangements are pending for 39-year-old Rickey Parks. Lubbock police say a drunk driver hit Parks late Wednesday night at the intersection of Fourth and Milwaukee. He died the next morning. Manuel Martinez, 43, is charged in Parks' death and he remains jailed on a $45,000 bond.

Friday afternoon there were at least 40 members of the messengers present for the ride honoring Rickey Parks. Just before they took off, many of the riders expressed how much Parks meant to the organization and each other. Friday's ride was the first without him.

Parks' widow Cecilia still has trouble describing the incident. "I don't guess a lot goes through your mind at that point…unbelievable...it's unbelievable," she said.  

Rickey Parks will be missed by all the members of the group. According to friends, he was the kind of guy that made a difference in every life he touched.

For Mike Burch, Ricky will still be riding with him. "He is there," Burch said. "He is there all the time. He lives in me. And I'm gonna carry his memory and what he stood for, I'm gonna carry that on in my life and my walk to other people. And you know he's with us right now," Burch continued.

A memorial will be held Sunday at the group's Fellowship Clubhouse. But as for Friday night's ride, the loss of Parks is on the mind of all the riders, including Road Captain Rusty Fuller who said, "He was my best friend. He was a brother. And he's gonna be missed tremendously. Like an Alter Bridge song says, I'm just gonna let him speak to me as the wind blows through us as we're riding," he said. 

Cecilia Parks is taking things day by day and says she couldn't have done it without the support of The Messengers. "It's meant everything. My husband's been clean and sober for almost three years. June 28th would have been three years. It totally changed his life and mine along with it. These people are incredible," she said. 

Donations to the Rickey Parks fund can be made at any Wells Fargo location.

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