“Look twice, save a life”; Bike Group promotes motorcycle safety after losing one of their own

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) – Members of the Gainesville Sports Cyclists Facebook group said 24-year-old Aiden Kokkas, who lost his life in a motorcycle accident, had a great sense of humor and laughter. louder in any room.

In the future, group members like Patricia Nolin want to spread knowledge about how bikers and drivers can prevent this from happening to another.

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“I never heard him laugh as long as I heard him laugh that day,” Nolin said. “I specifically remember turning around and saying I love you Aiden, you’re so funny you’re like my favorite.”

The day Nolin remembered was only three days before the crash on Southwest 34th St. near Hull Road that claimed the life of Aiden Kokkas.

“If you made a stupid joke he would laugh at everything you say and get everyone involved as well,” Member Albert Quintero said. “Everyone wanted to know him.

Even though he had an impact on many lives, his was taken too soon.

“You hear that someone has fallen and you hope it’s not someone you know personally, then you start to read more text messages that come in and you realize it’s someone you know. , someone close and what’s really unfortunate is that it could have been avoided, ”Quintero said.

Members of the cycling group wish to remind residents to look both ways and then look again, slow down and stay alert.

“Look twice, save a life,” Quintero added.

For bikers, they say try not to ride around town, but when you do, try to stay out of the middle lane.

“Always try to have your bike to the far left and far right, never stop your bike in the middle because you never know if someone will text or something and they can. hit you in the back, ”Nolin said. “So if you can somehow keep your bike out of the way, it can help prevent a lot of crashes that happen at red lights and stop signs for cyclists.”

The cycling group will soon be selling these bracelets to raise funds for a gift for Aiden’s mom.

“I can’t even imagine what it’s like to lose a son, so we want to try to honor his memory as best we can,” Quintero said.

For Nolin, he will always be known as an angel.

“Honestly, I believe if Angels walked the earth he would be one of those guys and he was obviously taken for a different purpose, for a better job elsewhere,” Nolin said.

The group will also be hosting a bike ride and balloon release in memory of Aiden over the next week.

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Maria R. Newman