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Bikers rally at tractor-trailer driver’s court hearing in Greensboro

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Members of the motorcycle community gathered outside the Guilford County Courthouse Tuesday calling for harsher charges against the tractor-trailer driver involved with a fatal motorcycle wreck on Interstate 85 in Greensboro.

Troopers said Daniel Serna, 34, fell asleep at the wheel and hit six motorcyclists parked on the side of the road in July. According to prosecutors, the truck was traveling approximately 80-85 mph at the time of the accident.

Two motorcyclists, Arnie Morris and Kenneth Jefferson, were killed in the crash.

Serna, who lives in Florida, was scheduled to be in court Tuesday, but his case was continued. He has been charged with felony hit-and-run and two counts of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

However, members of the motorcycle community and the victims’ family believe those death charges should be a felony.

“Right now, as the charges stand, he's looking at 60 days for each misdemeanor count. That doesn't justify someone's life. We're hoping to bring those charges up to felonies. We're hoping to get up with legislators to change the laws to protect bikers every day,” said Diamond Diaz, founder of Ryderz Haven Motorcycle Ministry.

The group created a petition calling for more severe charges. Almost 6,000 people had signed the petition as of Tuesday afternoon.

For more information on the online petition click here.