Members of the Soldiers United Motorcycle Club of Hinesville were devastated to learn one of the own riders was killed in a wreck around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday night on Interstate 95, but they’re determined to carry on his memory.
Roosevelt Dunn, 43, known by his peers as “Cadillac,” reportedly lost control of his motorcycle as he was driving up the I-95 entrance ramp from Highway 204 in Savannah. According to Savannah-Chatham Metro Police reports, Dunn was thrown to the pavement.
A second rider then hit Dunn’s motorcycle and was thrown from his bike. Both were taken to Memorial Health University Medical Center, where Dunn later died from his injuries.
The other rider was listed in stable but serious condition, and the accident still is under investigation.
“It was just a freak accident. He hit some gravel and … I was up front, actually, and by the time they came back and got me … when I got back, the ambulance was there,” Soldiers United Motorcycle Club President James Carter said.
Carter said the group was headed back to Hinesville after enjoying a group ride when the accident occurred.
“He was an all-around good person and loved doing charity work for the community,” Carter said of Dunn. “He was the kind of person that if you asked him something, you knew you were going to get a straightforward answer and the kind of guy you want to have as a friend or a brother. I lost a brother.”
Carter said Dunn was devoted to his wife and two children and loved to talk about his family and his brothers in the club.
“It meant something for him to be involved in an organization that has a purpose,” Carter said. “We are all close. This is not one of those groups where half of us hang together and the others do their own things. We are close. Even if we don’t talk every day, we know we can call each other and be there for each other. He was that kind of person — we all are.”
The club was scheduled to celebrate its first anniversary Saturday. Carter said they still plan to do so and are inviting other motorcycle clubs in the area to join them as they celebrate the life of their fallen brother.
“We are going to have a ‘rest in peace run’ and we want to notify every one who can to join us and do a quick ride in honor of the fallen,” he said. “Ride together and show some unity to our fallen riders.”
They will meet at Dorchester Academy at 11 a.m. Saturday and start the run at noon. The riders will head down Highway 84 toward Hinesville to Highway 196 West. They’ll follow 196 West to Highway 17 and come back up Highway 84 to Dorchester.
“We still have the same views,” Carter said. “This is our community. We want to continue to support the community in any way that we can and we ask people to come out and celebrate his life on Saturday. Although it’s a sad time, we can still celebrate his life.”