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Best friend recounts fatal motorcycle crash, urges caution

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A weekend motorcycle crash is a reminder of how dangerous riding a motorcycle can be.


A year ago this week, an Albany fire inspector was killed in a motorcycle crash.

Claude Wilson misses his friend Dan Harden and says distracted driving is one of the biggest factors in crashes.

When the weather is nice Wilson loves to ride his motorcycle to work. But he knows he has to watch out for other drivers.

"You have to basically drive for them, and just be very vigilant, and watch traffic."

This week marks the first anniversary of the death of his close friend Dan Harden in a motorcycle crash.

"We were both reporting in to work but unfortunately he didn't make it here."

Wilson says Harden loved to ride, and they went riding together every chance they got.

"We used to ride often, anytime we could get out of yard work."

Wilson says last night's hit and run crash that injured a motorcyclist is a reminder of how dangerous riding can be.

"Make sure you use signals when you turn, make sure you have your safety equipment on."

Wilson misses his close friend and keep his memory alive. He sold coins with his picture on it to raise money for the Georgia Burn Foundation in Harden's honor.

They also have an annual ride called "Dan's Ride" to support the foundation.

"Dan worked very hard with the burn foundation, to help kids fo the burn camp, When I was overseas last year, he couldn't wait till I got back to help him with it. So I'm just trying to keep his legacy going," says Wilson.

Wilson says a lot of crashes are a result of distracted driving, and urges drivers to pay attention and watch out for motorcycles.

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