ATLANTIC, Iowa — A motorcyclist was killed Saturday on Interstate 80 near Atlantic Saturday. Three others were hurt as they escorted the remains of a fellow veteran to Nebraska.
Bill Henry, the man being honored, founded the Missing in America Project in Nebraska. The group works to make sure all veterans are given a proper burial. Last month, he was part of a motorcycle procession escorting remains to Arlington National Cemetery when he was killed.
In tragic coincidence, a rider honoring a veteran killed in a motorcycle crash, died the same way.
The Iowa State Patrol says an 81-year-old driver switched lanes to get around a horse trailer parked on the side of the road. But when he moved into the passing lane, he clipped a motorcycle and that caused a chain reaction that cost Ryan Lossing his life. The 38-year-old following behind wound up right in the path of a semi.
“He was thrown from his bike after from panic breaking because you’ve got 75 to 125 bikes all panicking at the last second and slowing down,” said Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Nathan Ludwig.
The riders started in Greenfield Saturday morning.
“They were going to be stopping at the Freedom Rock because that’s one of the places that he enjoyed going to,” said Carl Frank, a member of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association.
Frank joined about 125 bikers for a memorial service before taking off on the Interstate 80. He left the group around Atlantic, just minutes before the deadly crash.
“I would have been right in the middle of it had I still been there, just because of the position where I was,” he said.
The driver of the car who troopers say the investigation is ongoing and charges are pending. Since there are no indications that drugs or alcohol played a factor in the crash, officials say he would likely be facing some kind of traffic citation.