A gofundme account has been set up to rally support for the families of the victims of the multiple rider fatality in New Hampshire, USA, at the weekend.
It raised nearly $229,000 in the first day from more than 4720 people from across the US. It is now at more than $300,000 from more than 6400 supporters.
They are raising money for the families of the seven riders who died when a Dodge pick-up truck mowed them down at the weekend.
Associated Press reports the crash took place just metres from where the riders had left their hotel for their annual general meeting.
Police say the riders were from the Marine JarHeads Motorcycle Club that includes ex-United States Marines and their spouses. It was a big weekend for cruisers in the area.
“There was debris everywhere,” Miranda Thompson, 21, told the Associated Press.
“People were in the grass. There were people putting tourniquets on people, trying to make sure they didn’t move. You could tell people were lost who it happened too … It was a sad day for all of them.”
The cause of the crash is not yet known, but the driver was not injured despite his pick-up bursting into flame after impact.
Police have now charged the driver, 23-year-old Volodoymyr Zhukovskyy of West Springfield, Massachusetts, with seven counts of negligent homicide. He has previously had two drink-driving convictions.
His pick-up was apparently towing a long flat-bed trailer. It was not a support vehicle for the riders.
Apparently he pulled up on the wrong side of the road.
Our condolences to the riders’ families and friends.