Colorado mom killed in memorial motorcycle ride for her son
LOVELAND, Col. (BIKER DAD) — A GoFundMe account for a family dealing with a double tragedy has raised more than $14 thousand. The post also tells the heart-breaking story of what happened to the family.
Dianne Everett was riding her late son’s Honda CBR with a large group of other riders when she lost control and crashed. That crash happened on May 15th. It was just a month earlier that her son, Michael, died in another motorcycle crash. “The family was just devastated, Everett’s daughter-in-law Jessica Fordham wrote on the fundraiser page, “on May 15 there was a memorial ride planned to celebrate Micheal’s life. The second it was planned Diane knew she wanted to ride Micheal’s bike in it. She wanted to celebrate her son’s life doing something they both had a passion for. “
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According to KDVR-TV, Everett’s husband said there were about 100 motorcycles on the ride when a horse jumped out and spooked Everett. He said she swerved to avoid the horse and crashed.
“Diane needed to be with her son and god granted her that wish,” wrote Fordham, “while I am happy they are together again, we are left picking up the pieces. Words cannot describe what we are going through. I would love if we could come together and lift this small burden off of my father in law who is living through this nightmare. Losing Micheal was by far any parents worst fear. But to deal with the loss of the love of your life, coupled with mourning your son. That is unfathomable. “
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Chris Best is an Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award-winning journalist. He’s a husband and father of four. He’s also a motorcycle enthusiast.