Family of victim killed on motorcycle encourages helmet safety

Family of victim killed on motorcycle encourages helmet safety

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A Summerville family has a message for anyone riding a motorcycle....wear a helmet. Drew Bowden would have been 35 years old on Friday.

He was killed on Sept. 2, 2011 after losing control of his motorcycle on I-26.  He was not wearing a helmet.

"We got the call, by the time we got to the scene they had flown him to the hospital," said Andrew Bowden, the victim's father.

Andrew Bowden said he vividly remembers the night his son Drew crashed his motorcycle. He said his son would still be here if he had worn a helmet.

"There's always a bill in front of the legislature, but the lobbying against helmets is pretty strong here in South Carolina," said Rep. Chip Limehouse.

There were three other motorcycle wrecks in the lowcountry within a few days of Bowden's death. His father takes some comfort in the fact that his son was an organ donor.

"The only thing I find peace in his passing is he helped five other people survive," said Bowden."They have wrote and expressed gratitude. Two people here in the lowcountry received organs."

His father hopes his son's story will influence others.

"Wear a helmet on a bike. Remember my son, he was a good man. Well loved and we miss him," Bowden said.

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