Local bike groups showed up at the hospital to support the victims in Friday’s crash.
“The bike community is just that. It's a community, we’re family. We are one big family, brothers and sisters,” said Pat Thomas, known to members of his Winston-Salem bike club as Big Lyte.
Thomas belongs to the group Terror Squad, one of many bike teams in the Triad.
Officials said six, out-of-state motorcyclists, were parked on the side of Interstate 85. They stopped because of mechanical issues with one of the bikes. Investigators say that’s when a tractor-trailer hit them.
Kenneth N. Jefferson, 51, of South Chesterfield, Va., died Sunday morning at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center after being hospitalized in critical condition, according to officials.
Troopers say Arnie M. Morris, 37, of Woodbridge, Va. was instantly killed in the crash.
Four other motorcyclists have been treated for injuries: Jerome D. Howard, 48, of Woodbridge, Va.; Caroline Campbell, 47, of North Chesterfield, Va.; Michael A. Robinson Sr., 57, of Woodbridge, Va.; and Gregory D. Harmon, 44, of Bowie, Md.
“We took bottled water, we took ice, we took coolers, we took snacks to the hospital,” said Thomas.
The driver of the tractor trailer has been charged with felony hit and run and misdemeanor death. He has been identified as Daniel S. Serna, 34, of Hollywood, Fl. He was placed in the Guilford County Jail under a $100,000 bond.
Troopers said Serna fell asleep behind the wheel and stopped a half-mile up the road from the crash because of a flat tire.
Bikers in the Triad plan to attend the funerals.
“People need to pay attention to motorcyclists on the road. It’s different if you hit someone who is on a bike, than someone who is in a car. Drivers need to be more mindful, pay more attention, be more careful,” Thomas said.