Non-Profit Helps Families Impacted By Motorcycle Wrecks

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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Later this month, a non-profit born out of tragedy will help a couple involved in a tragic motorcycle accident.

"It was a bright sunny day. No conditions to worry about," Lisa Barton said.

She was riding on the back of the motorcycle her husband was driving last year when tragedy struck.

"We were on our way home on I-20 and that's really about the last I remember because my whole memory went blank," said Lisa's husband, Ed Barton.

The couple were avid bikers until 8 months ago when the accident happened.

"Somebody took a deliberate move and cut in front of us and took us out and another car out," Ed said. "The next thing I know I'm waking up a month later in a hospital."

Ed, a veteran and Richland County Deputy, was close to Deputy Derek El Dada. El Dada and his wife died in a motorcycle accident two months before Ed crashed on I-20.

In both wrecks, the driver who police say caused the accident was driving without insurance.

"It's a huge monetary thing to be dealing with," Lisa said.

For the Barton's, doctor visits and bills have piled up.

"I am not a biker," said Jennifer Lee, founder of Riders Remembered Angels of Support.

The group was born after the El Dada's tragedy, and now will help the Bartons.

"It is to help families that have lost loved ones on motorcycles," Lee said. "It's also there to be their angels of support for the families that are not killed but dealing with the effects of a catastrophic motorcycle accident."

The Barton's will benefit from a ride and family day in their honor on April 26th. The ride will start at 9:00am at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Lexington. Riders will travel I-20 to Thunder Tower in the northeast where a family fund day kicks off.

The Bartons are back on the streets too.

They have a trike now and say they plan to make it to the Myrtle Beach motorcycle festival this year.

"He said if he never rides again, she won," Lisa said. "So, we're going to get back into what we enjoy."

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