MILLINGTON, TN (WMC) - I told you last week about 28-year-old Richard Deaton. The biker from Millington was badly injured in a crash on Highway 51. There was no chance of survival, his mother said. The family mourned while waiting for the young man, who lie brain dead in a hospital, to pass away so they could donate his organs. Richard finally succumbed to his injuries late last week.
Now his family is preparing for his funeral and hoping that the biker community will come forward to pay tribute to him. His mother said she would love nothing more than to hear the roar of motorcycles as the funeral procession takes him to his final resting place.
Richard's services are as follows:
Visitation: Wednesday from 5-8 PM at Munford Funeral Home, Millington Chapel
Funeral: Thursday 11:00 AM Munford Funeral Home, Millington Chapel
The crash happened earlier this month. Police say a 19-year-old driver made an illegal left turn in front of Richard on Highway 51.
According to a police report, the impact of the two vehicles was so great that the 1989 Chevy Beretta that Deaton slammed into flipped over onto its top. Jamie Fore Jr., 19, is charged with failure to yield right of way resulting in injury or death.
Deaton was riding a 2012 Harley-Davidson Street Glide. The family member said he loved to ride, but had recently stopped riding to work because he felt the traffic during drive times was too dangerous. He had the day off day and spent it riding with a group of friends. After a day of riding, he was heading home, but didn't make it.
Police said both had a green light, but the car was attempting to make a left turn. According to the police report, the driver says he just didn't see the bike and "didn't know where it came from."
We've already had a lot of bad crashes in the Mid-South and the riding season has just begun. Please watch out for motorcycles and bikers, ride safe.
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Chris Best is the Assistant News Director for WMC Action News 5. He's a husband and father of four, He's also a motorcycle enthusiast.