Motorcyclists Reflect On Lives Lost Recently

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

Three lives lost since the weekend. One person died Tuesday, two others on Saturday. The common thread, they were all riding motorcycles.

Members of the frog level motorcycle club mourned the loss of two brothers Tuesday afternoon.

Chuck Poe and Wayne Whitley were killed Saturday afternoon by an impaired driver. Police say the driver of the truck, Billy Joe Fowler, is charged with two counts of felony death by motor vehicle and one count of inflicting serious injury by motor vehicle.

Poe's funeral was in Greenville Tuesday, President of the Frog Level Club harbors emotions of anger because Poe recently beat cancer.

Frog Level Members say over 300 motorcyclists from across the country are going to meet this Saturday for a tribute ride to honor Poe and Whitley.

Wayne Whitley's funeral will be at the Paul's Funeral Home Wednesday in Washington at 2 P.M.


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  • by HarleyRiderMom Location: Goldsboro on Apr 24, 2009 at 02:49 PM
    This accident happened just up the road from my house and I was terrified when I heard about it. When I ride with my husband, he drives and I ride, but we both look out for car/truck drivers who don't respect MC riders. We have had more than one car cross center towards us, or pull out in front of us. PLEASE car drivers, check your blind spots before changing lanes, give us the same respect we give you. God Bless the families of those riders lost on Saturday. R*I*P!!
  • by shag Location: j and e harley davidson on Apr 23, 2009 at 08:02 AM
    To all,First i want to thank WITN 7 for their story.True to every word and focus on what was important.As we mourn the loss of our friends we still want to remember the emotional distress on the people that survived this.We are getting calls from all over the US but mainly in our area.I would also like to thank some residents of the Goldsboro community that have retieved items from the side of the road and have called us .You are truely blessed.To all the people that are involved personally or not,we are happy to know you and thank you for your support.Final memorial ride @ foodlion on hwy 33 and portertown rd.Will ride promply at 3:30 pn to escort our friends to our clubhouse.All RIDERS WELCOME.Keep Jeff in your hearts.He is still in the hospital in critical condition.BE Kind and Keep your eyes out for all who may come in harms way. Much LOVE. SHAG FLMC
  • by whoa brent on Apr 22, 2009 at 07:49 PM
    i understand your anger. i dont ride, but i do commute in a car and have plenty of times nearly been wiped out by a big truck or some witless person not paying attention. ive even had a biker or two ride dangerously close to my bumper or side of my car (sharing the lane) on the highway. (i always slow down because theres nothing between them and the road, if they want to be dumb about it, i dont want to have to be the one to see them smashed in the road). my point is, its not cagers versus bikes, its stupid people versus good drivers. and if you dont get killed by some moron not paying attention, count yourself lucky and move on instead of risk jailtime.
  • by mullet Location: belhaven on Apr 22, 2009 at 04:45 PM
    first may god be with the familys i ride and yes see cars and trucks pull out shift lanes with out looking but if u take a real good look 90% on a cell phone i drove a truck for a long time over the road and around home here and the line they use i did not see the motorcycle is bull they pulled out in front of me in a t800 kenworth big and white over 8 feet wide and 12'6 tall so they cant say i did not see they just dont care all they care about is there cell phone call
  • by T Location: Washington on Apr 22, 2009 at 03:52 PM
    Brent, I have been riding for years and I truly understand your frustrations. Dude, violence is not the answer. If you chase down that car that pulled in front of you, then your adrenaline is working overtime. This is when you get hurt, simply because you are mad, and your focus is on that driver. Also, many people carry handguns, so be careful who you confront. Once again, I know your frustrations, however try and take it easy, and as hard as it is you must let it go. Enjoy your bike, and remember being dead sucks. I prefer to live. Take it easy my man. Ride on brother.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 22, 2009 at 10:03 AM
    I feel safe in saying that the driver of the truck /wishes in had hit a dump truck vs the bikers. This accident was not a lack of respect for bikers.Nobody spends there day trying to run over bikers.I used to ride a HD till i almost had a wreck myself.God be with all families .
  • by C on Apr 22, 2009 at 09:36 AM
    I for one DO try to keep an eye out for motorcycles, as well as all other traffic / pedestrians. I don't ride them, though. I don't care if you're the best rider in the world, or if you wear all the protective gear..some idiot in a car can STILL manage to hit you, and that's all she wrote. I like looking at bikes, and I can appreciate them..from a safe distance. C ain't gettin' on one for nobody. To those that ride: You're braver than I am, but know that a lot of us drivers will keep doing our best to look out for you. Just keep an eye out for the thoughtless jerks who don't.
  • by Chris on Apr 22, 2009 at 09:02 AM
    Charles, The common thread is that they were all riding motorcycles. The common cause of the accidents were of other peoples actions or lack of. This story was not negative towards any of the riders, it is a common thread that we all share no matter what we do for a living, or where we ride to.
  • by JB Location: Chocowinity on Apr 22, 2009 at 08:03 AM
    I've only been riding for less than a year and this really scares me. I can say that I slow down at green lights to look for oncoming traffic as well as at intersections when cars pull up. Do they see me? I watch their wheels for movement and hover over the brakes to be prepared if they pull out. I ride with my high beams on all the time. What else can I do? People please look twice and save a life.
  • by Charles Latham Location: Chocowinity NC on Apr 22, 2009 at 06:33 AM
    The common thread IS Not that they were riding motorcycles. The common thead IS THAT A DRIVER OF ANOTHER MOTOR VEHICLE WAS DUI OR VIOLATED A TRAFFIC LAW! Get the story straight, and tell the truth, not your slanted, biases, attention getting version.
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