A ride and events are set for Sept. 13 to promote motorcycle awareness and safety on the road in memory of local man.
Ricky’s Ride is planned to be an event to promote safety with the theme “Look Twice, Save a Life” at Faith Baptist Church, 552 Hammett Road, from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. Events for the day will include a bounce house for kids, cone ice, and a show and shine contest for motorcycles with trophies awarded to the top three.
There will also be a ride for Jeeps, trucks and motorcycles to kick off from the church. Barbecue plates from Huckleberry’s – including a half-chicken, baked beans, potato salad and bread – will be on sale for $10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The event was conceived by family and friend of Ricky Turner, 50, who died in a fatal accident May 8. Turner was riding his motorcycle and was struck on Hamilton Road by a vehicle driven by a 15 year old, whom police said failed to yield to Turner’s motorcycle.
Guest speakers will talk about traffic safety, focusing on looking out for motorcycles, during the event. Whitney Toney, main organizer for the event, said the focus is on family and fellowship.
“This is a family event,” Toney said. “You don’t have to have a bike, Jeep or anything.”
Proceeds will benefit Turner’s family.
The event is still accepting sponsors through Saturday. Toney said supporters are working to get T-shirts, bandanas and yard signs made for the event, which they hope will become an annual program.
“It’s for a great cause,” she added. “… I don’t have a bike, Jeep or anything like that, but I have family that rides. That’s why I support it.”
Anyone seeking more information, a sponsorship or to purchase tickets may contact Toney at 706-302-7897. Tickets also may be purchased from supporters Jennifer Lynch at 706-616-3753, Brant Duncan at 770-639-5991, Paige Bass at 706-302-6322, Robin Broussard at 706-616-8417, Crysti Williams at 706-594-9900 or Terri Lea Bates at 706-523-0492.