BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – In the past year, Kentucky State Police have witnessed seven motorcycle collisions in Station 3 alone, three of which resulted in fatalities.
Scottsville native David Patrick recently died after a motorcycle accident on the US 31W Bypass. His friends at Bowling Green hold his memory in high esteem.
Harley Davidson Riding Academy Principal Herb Pelham met David towards the end of his life.
“I didn’t know him very long,” Pelham said, “but he was very nice, very polite and very respectful when I talked to him.”
He has been teaching bicycle safety on the roads for 14 years, hoping to keep cyclists like David safe.
He says having the right gear and following the rules of the road is a good start, but most importantly, you have to be a defensive driver.
“Always have an escape,” advised Pelham. “When I see cars in front of me, I’m going to assume everyone is going to do something that’s going to get me into an accident.”
David often went to 31 Ink Tattoo Parlor on the Bypass where he and his pals Ken Smith and Garrett Morrel shared their love of cycling.
“David was a good guy,” Morrel said. “David was a good person. He had a convalescent home that he ran specifically to help people that everyone was turning their backs on.
Smith added: “When [a motorcycle accident] happens, it’s a tragedy. It is exactly what it is. It’s a tragedy. It could be me hitting someone tomorrow or getting hit tomorrow, you never know.
Morrel says motorcyclists new and old on the streets should take a safety course, but at the end of the day he just asks everyone on the road to be smart for everyone else David Patrick.
“Pilots, just be a little more careful. You never know whose life you’re going to take,” Morrel said.
Smith recalled a peaceful memory he and his friend shared during the year and a half they knew each other. He said they both made peace with that exact circumstance.
“Me and him both talked about this particular death in a motorcycle accident.” Smith recalls. “There’s no better way any of us would have chosen to leave, but we didn’t expect it to be so soon. You know what I mean?”