Motorcyclists' memorial ride commemorates father killed in Anthony Henday crash
‘No family should have to go through that kind of trauma,’ event organizer says
About 60 motorcyclists rode through Edmonton together on Father's Day in remembrance of a father killed earlier this month after his motorcycle hit a deer on Anthony Henday Drive.
The group gathered at Edmonton's city hall Sunday morning and began the memorial ride shortly after 11 a.m.
The route wove through downtown streets, along the river valley, and included a roadside stop on the Henday, where the riders held a moment of silence.
Marc-Andre Helie, 36, was seriously injured after his motorcycle hit a deer around 1:30 a.m. on June 9, police said at the time. He later died in hospital.
His wife, Stephanie Stuetz, 28, died in a head-on collision on Anthony Henday Drive on October 7, 2017.
Helie and Stuetz, had three young children — one boy and two girls.
"No family should have to go through that kind of trauma," said Cory Bacon, who organized the memorial ride.
He said the family was touched by the gesture but not able to attend the event.
'He was such a great guy'
Many of the riders who came to pay their respects had never met Helie.
"They missed a heck of an opportunity because he was such a great guy," said Cory Duncan, one of Helie's friends and colleagues.
Duncan said Helie was a loving father and hard worker who believed in riding responsibly.
"Everybody that knew him has been affected pretty deeply by this," he said.
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