CALGARY — Chris Harrison shared a special bond with uncle Tony over motorcycles.

They would spend plenty of time rolling around the Calgary area, Chris on his Yamaha, Tony on his 2007 Victory Vegas.

“His bike was a huge part of his life and it’s a huge part of mine,” Chris said. “If you had two wheels, you’re apart of the family.”

Unfortunately, they’ll never get that chance again.

On July 15, Tony, 45, was driving home from a friend’s place when he was struck and killed by an alleged drunk driver on 17th Avenue S.E. near Stoney Trail.

Since then, Chris, 22, has become an advocate against drunk driving, forming the Bikers Against Drunk Drivers with a friend.

“All I remember is hearing my mother scream when she got the phone call that my uncle was dead,” he said. “I never want to hear that scream again and no family should.”

And now he’s preparing to participate in his uncle’s honour at The Poker Run motorcycle drive hosted by Sober Riders Motorcycle Association and MADD Calgary.

Starting off at the Empire Studios at 16061 Macleod Trail S. on Aug. 19, bikers roll through Turner Valley, Black Diamond and Bragg Creek before finally ending off to Cochrane — about 150 kilometres in total.

“It’s giving me goosebumps just thinking about it,” Chris said. “It’s going to be an emotional day for sure because I know Tony would have loved to see that. I know he’s looking down and he’ll be enjoying the ride with us, but it would have been nice if he was there, too.

“I know that if I was the one hit by the drunk driver that day, he would be doing the exact same thing.”

The entry fee is $25 that goes to support MADD Canada.

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Kelly James York, 42, faces four charges in relation to Harrison’s death, including impaired driving causing death and failure to remain at the scene of a collision. He was released on bail Friday.


SOURCE: The Calgary Herald

Last updated on: 2012-08-17 | Link to this post