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'Anybody that climbs on two wheels...we are a family'

Motorcycle community reacts to loss of Sarah Schanke

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) - A Kansas motorcycle community is mourning the loss of one of their own after a deadly crash last weekend.

On a nice fall day, you see them, people on motorcycles, taking to the wide open road...or sometimes, busy streets. The ride is a hobby for many.

"You're looking forward, you're making the movie, you're living the dream," said Edward Evans, We Ride Kansas.

A dream that ended last Sunday for Sarah Schnake, just 26-years-old.

Wichita Police say she and a 25-year-old man, also on a motorcycle were heading south-bound on Washington when a vehicle driving north-bound turned left onto Third Street.

The driver of the vehicle and other motorcyclist were injured, but survived the crash, Sarah didn't.
The loss is being felt throughout the We Ride Kansas community.

"We can't keep losing family and when I say family, anybody that climbs on two wheels, three wheels, when we go out, we are a family," said Evans.

Police said impairment wasn't a factor in the fatal crash, but the case is being presented to the district attorney.

Official numbers show that motorcycle accidents are down, with 130 last year and 87 so far this year, but the number of fatalities doubled with eight this year. Edward Evans with We Ride Kansas says he and Mel McCurdy see drivers texting and eating, and not paying attention to the road.

Evans says one fatality, is one too many, and he hopes the community listens...to their plea.

"That person on that motorcycle is either a sister or brother or mother, father, an aunt an uncle a grandfather a grandmother just please, start paying attention," said Evans.

There is a final ride being organized for Sarah on November 13th and if you would like to participate, you can visit the Final Ride for Sarah Schnake event on Facebook for more information.


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