FRFI is at families side at the hospital

Posted at 6:09 PM, May 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-15 20:16:38-04

Another deadly crash, just north of Payette on Highway 95, took the life of 47-year-old Donald Manning Jr., of Payette.

The two-vehicle accident happened around 4:15 Saturday afternoon when authorities say Manning crossed the center line in his 2005 Harley Davidson and struck an oncoming pick-up truck.

Manning was wearing a helmet but died at the scene.

The driver of the truck was not injured.

This is just one of several recent deadly motorcycle accidents in the Treasure Valley.

But, a group called the Fallen Riders Fund of Idaho offers assistance for families when it's time to make tough decisions at the hospital.

"The riding community, as a whole, is one large family," said Andrew Hill, who works at the Boise Gun Company.

Hill is a motorcycle rider himself  but he first heard of the group a few years back.

"We had an incident with one of my brothers who went down on a motorcycle. They stepped up and helped us out quite a bit," Hill said. "To see what they do for the families and everything else, it just really got us interested in knowing what they're about."

For good reason it seems, May is Motorcycle Awareness Month.

However, already 25 accidents have involved motorcycles in the Treasure Valley alone this year with several riders who didn't make it home.

The chairman of the board for the group, Kelly Duren, knows this scenario all too well. She got involved after her son's death. He was a rider.

She and a friend who also lost a son in a motorcycle crash are hosting a ride in their names on Sept. 17.

"Both boys were real adamant about helping out fallen riders and those people in need," Duren said. "So, this is just really good for us to do that in memory of their honor."

As soon as they get the call, a group member heads to the hospital to let the family of a fallen rider know they can apply for financial assistance to help pay the bills.

They can also offer advice as they can relate to what families are going through.

"We go in and initially meet with that family and we help them through that emotional roller coaster ride they're going to be traveling," Duren said.

The group is currently raffling off a prize package to keep them going strong through the Summer months.

They also remind drivers to be on the lookout for riders on two wheels.

The prize package being raffled off, worth an estimated $5,000, is at the Boise Gun Company in Garden City. That's where you can get your hands on the raffle tickets.