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Motorcycle Community Gathers to Remember Family Member

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Despite the rain, dozens of bikers gathered here at 17th & Peninsula, to remember 30-year-old David Salvatore, the most recent victim in a fatal motorcycle crash in Erie County.

It was just this past Thursday when Salvatore was killed. Karen and Vince Rizzone, of Mission Riders, organized this vigil, in hopes to put an to the fatal accidents.

"We decided we wanted to do a little bit more raise awareness," said Karen. "The good Sisters of St. Joseph gave us the idea. We [Vince and I] both kind of thought of it at the same time, why not do the same thing for a biker that's been killed." 

Salvatore's death marked the 10th in Erie County; the second in just 24 hours. Ironically, Salvatore and 22-year-old Elliot Tirpak, the other victim, had a connection.

"Dave was going to Elliot's memorial and that's why he was in a hurry," said Vince. "He was late for the memorial. He was killed on the way. Yeah. It's a sad thing."

To be a rider, is to be a part of the motorcycle family, and that family has been helping each other cope with these recent losses.

Vince said you're taking a chance every time you hit the road.

"I was here, his brother was standing next to me when his parents came and it's just heart breaking to that their son, they're not going to see him again," said Vince. "Nobody gets up in the morning thinking this is it, I'm done, this is my last day on Earth and then say good-bye to all the family. You just don't do that."

To eliminate the amount of accidents, Vince said motorcyclists and drivers just need always be watching out. And Karen's message is simple - just think twice when you're on the road.

"If you count between three and five the bet is that motorcycle going to be past you and if you're already running late, you're not going to get fired for the three seconds, you're already gone," said Karen.

With plenty of time left this season to ride, bikers at the vigil urged both motorcycles and cars to be alert and share the road.

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