Update: Candidate for governor who continued driving Mercedes with motorcycle lodged in the grill says he didn’t hit the rider, just the bike
UPDATE: (7/28/21) –NBC Philadelphia reports there may have been a third vehicle involved that caused the initial crash: The lawyer for a Republican candidate for Pennsylvania governor said Monday his client apparently did not hit the motorcyclist who was killed on the Pennsylvania Turnpike last week, but rather hit the downed motorcycle in the road.
The candidate, Charlie Gerow, was not driving impaired and voluntarily gave a blood sample, attorney Joseph P. Green Jr. said.
An attendee at the political fundraiser Gerow had been attending in suburban Philadelphia last Wednesday evening said she never saw him drinking and that he seemed sober when he left.
Gerow apparently drove for several miles with the motorcycle stuck on the front of his car before pulling over, according to a construction worker who saw the car speed by.
UPDATE: A spokesperson for Gerow tells NBC Philadelphia that the GOP strategist and Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate did not cause the crash. They also report he was not injured.
CHESTER COUNTY, Penn. (BIKER DAD)–A Candidate for governor continued driving Mercedes with a motorcycle lodged in the grill. That’s according to a construction worker who witnessed says a report from LehiValleyLive.com. The motorcyclist, identified as Logan Carl Abbott, 30, of Bradford County, died in the crash.
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A spokesman for Charlie Gerow confirms he was driving the car. Gerow is a Republican candidate for governor in Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia Inquirer spoke to the construction worker. “Everyone was in disbelief,” Nicholas Forgette said. “That is not something you see every day. It was a big motorcycle, too. There were a bunch of sparks. And it was very loud.”
Forgette told the newspaper he noticed the car because of those sparks. He says the work crew was dumbfounded. He said police finally pulled him over miles down the road. The bike was lodged upright in the grill of the Mercedes as it sped down the highway.
According to Abbot’s obituary, “Logan worked in the Oil & Gas industry for many years. He had worked for Wyoming Casing prior to being hired at Nabors. He had just finished fourteen days straight of 12-hour shifts and was looking forward to his 14 days off and camping with his Family.”
His family said he loved golf, hunting, fishing, the outdoors in general. He also loved books and part of his collection will be donated to the Bradford County Library, “above all, Logan loved Jesus Christ and his Family. Through his struggles and triumphs, Logan always held tight to his strong faith. His small, worn Bible has traveled to many states and now is in the hands of his sister.”
Legacy of giving
On friend said of the victim, “he’d give you the shirt off his back.” And his sister, Madison, said of the biker “He was the best big brother, and I loved him with my whole heart.” According to the obituary, “he spent each Christmas buying for children in need and delivering gifts right up to Christmas Eve. He gave of himself in so many ways, from the simplest of packing extra sandwiches for a co-worker that might be hungry, to stopping his car and taking the shovel from an elderly man to finish digging a hole. He will be deeply missed by all that loved him, and he has taught us to be observant of the small details of kindness & giving.”
A memorial service and celebration of Logan’s life will be held at 1:00 pm on August 21, 2021, with more information to follow.
Following Logan’s passion for giving, donations can be sent to CHOP –In memory of Logan’s Christmas Giving Campaign, 2 Elizabeth St. Towanda PA 18848.