Harley dealer raises $20,000 for accident victims

Publish Date: 
Jul 9, 2012

FOND DU LAC, Wis. – The folks at Open Road Harley-Davidson have raised $20,000 to help the victims of a Memorial Day weekend accident here.

A dozen members of the Muskegon Motorcycle Gang club were riding in Wisconsin when the accident happened. A motorist allegedly crossed the center line and hit 10 or the riders. Two have died and others are hospitalized. Clinton Lovelace of Hilbert is awaiting trial on charges of second-degree reckless homicide and second-degree reckless injury.

For weeks, messages of support for the victims have been put on a Harley-Davidson flag at Open Road Harley-Davidson.

"We really felt compelled, what can we do to help," Lori Thiel, dealership co-owner, told WLUK-TV. 

The flag along with more than $20,000 will be given to members of the riding club.

"The riding community is really heartfelt, and they came together to help these families out and try to find some normalcy after the tragedy on 151," said Thiel. 

"It's been phenomenal, the outreach of the people coming in here and wanting to help these families that have been through so much and if there is something we can do to help them piece their lives back together this is a way to do it." 

Workers at the dealership said they have seen a substantial increase in helmet sales since the crash.

Posted by Holly Wagner