Authorities have confirmed that motorcycle rider Heath Dale "Lightnin" Dean, 46, was killed after a collision with an SUV Wednesday morning.
Police say the accident occurred at the intersection of 94th and Indiana Avenue around 6:50 a.m. when an SUV driven by G.Q. Nell, 69, collided with Dean's motorcycle. Police say Nell stopped at the intersection and then failed to yield the right-of-way to Dean's motorcycle, resulting in the crash.
The impact knocked Dean's helmet off and caused Nell to temporarily lose consciousness. Nell's SUV continued moving east, hitting a fence and narrowly missing a house. Both were taken to UMC where Nell was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
"I've known the Dean family for probably eight years at least... They're an incredible family, very true, spiritually good and just a happy family. Heath leaves behind two daughters and a beautiful wife," said Molly Harris.
Molly is with See Us Save Us and hopes that this will encourage people to drive more safely on the roadways.
"We just want everyone to look. We want the bike to pay attention to cars, we want the cars to pay attention to bikes, so we just try to promote awareness," Harris said.
As the weather gets warmer, more motorcycle riders are out on the streets and police see a large increase in motorcycle-related accidents. Sgt. Jason Lewis says it's up to the riders themselves to do all they can to avoid accidents.
"What motorcycle riders need to realize is that whether you're at fault or not at fault, you're going to lose, so you need to pay attention to everything around you and ride defensively 100 percent of the time," Lewis said.
According to his Facebook page, Dean was a member of the Boozefighters Motorcycle Club.
If you'd like to help the family, there is a memorial fund set up in the name of Heath Dale "Lightnin" Dean at Citibank.
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