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Memorial ride to honor man killed in THP involved accident

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JASPER, TN (WRCB) -

Motorcyclist from throughout the area came together to honor and remember Jim Garner and to help him finish his last ride.

On a hot Sunday afternoon dozens of bikers suited up and took off on their motorcycles to honor the life of Jim Garner. “He was amazing, so particular, and did everything perfectly. Just very outgoing, had so many friends, a great guy,” said Garner’s daughter, Leigh Martin.

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Sixty six year old Jim Garner was killed when trooper Clyde Reeves crashed his patrol SUV into Garner's motorcycle on the Nickajack Bridge. “We don't scream, shout, or holler, jump up and down. We're here to support fellow bikers, their families, and honor Jim,” said event organizer Thomas Holly.

Their 30 mile ride took them around scenic Jasper. Through Downtown Chattanooga and finished at Garner's church. “The night he left, the night he was killed the last thing he did was prepare a Sunday school lesson, it's still sitting on the kitchen table,” said Garner’s daughter Lisa Childress.

Ride organizer Thomas Holly said the ride isn't just about Garner. It's also about everyone who has lost their lives in traffic accidents. “I hope they see us. Stop for us, I hope they don't pull out in front of us and change lanes and come on top of us. We are vulnerable. We don't have a steal cage around us,” said Holly.

Friends ask everyone who shares the roads to slow down and pay attention. They  don't want other families to suffer losing loved ones to traffic accidents. “As a family unit we can't live in anger, we cant. We just can't. That's what he would want us to do,” said Childress.

The Garner family still has a lot of unanswered questions about that fateful night, but they are beginning to heal as they try to keep Jim’s memory alive. “For him it is love and forgiveness, which is what we are asking for ourselves.”

All donations will go to repairs towards the Fort Oglethorpe United Methodist Church.  If you'd like to make a donation, you can make them in Jim’s name to the American Diabetes Association, 4660 Old Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37918 or the Fort Oglethorpe United Methodist Church, 1733 Battlefield Parkway, Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742.

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