Over 150 Motorcyclists Ride 140 Miles in Honor of Kalkaska Man Killed in Distracted Driving Accident

More than 100 motorcyclists went for a ride Sunday to honor a fellow rider who no longer can.

 

It was all part of the “Do You See us Now” ride to promote the dangers of distracted driving.

In May Todd David of Kalkaska died after a distracted truck driver blew a stop sign and hit his motorcycle.

Sunday, riders from all over Northern Michigan came together to remember him.

“It was somebody who was distracted again and wasn’t paying attention he missed a stop ahead sign; he missed a stop sign,” Karen David said.

Todd’s wife now has a mission: an end to distracted driving.

“They either got a cellphone here and are doing this, or they’re feeding themselves or they’re looking behind there in the back checking on kids or animals or whatever the case may be, they’re not watching,” she said.

Zips Harley Davidson in Gaylord heard her plea and wanted to help.

“When his death happened it rocked our entire community,” says Tracey Johansen, business and finance manager for Zips said.

They organized a ride with two stops and 140 miles in his honor, and they were blown away by the turnout.

“A lot of these people don’t even know Karen and Todd and so for them to come out without even being asked is incredible,” Johansen said.

“This should never happen. People shouldn’t be texting. Looking at their phones, says biker Jerry Rodgers.

Rodgers been driving a motorcycle for years and says he sees more and more distracted drivers.

“There are some people out there that are not watching nothing and I’ve watched people reading a bible going down the highway at night,” he said.

Although Rodgers didn’t know Todd personally, his death hit him hard.

“Because he was a bike rider, I’m a bike rider it’s always very, very sad when you lose a fellow rider.”