HAZLEHURST, GA (WALB) - A Hazlehurst man is back home after suffering a life-threatening motorcycle accident.
"Could've been a lot worse than what it was, so I'm real thankful for that," said Jerry Floyd, who has to walk with a cane as a result of the crash, as he continues to recover from his accident.
He was just released from a Macon hospital a few days ago where he had been since he was airlifted there on August 15th after he crashed in Lax while riding to Tifton with the Douglas chapter of the Southern Cruisers Riding Club.
"For some reason, my back wheel locked up on me unexpectedly. When I realized what had happened, it was too late. The bike was already skidding sideways and was uncontrollable at that point," Floyd recalled as he stood next to his banged up motorcycle, which is now strapped to a trailer in his yard.
Jerry's body ended up hitting and getting wrapped around a road sign. "Jerry was in front of me and pull up and you see a rider down and you know they're in your group...you see the helmet and see the bike, it's terrifying," said Adam O'Quinn.
O'Quinn is a fellow member of the Douglas chapter Southern Cruisers Rider Club. The group, and even some community members who are not part of the group, are planning to ride down to Jacksonville and back to help raise money for Jerry's medical bills.
"We're asking for all bikes that ride for $20. There's no additional charge for riders. Obviously, if you want to make a greater donation than that you're more than welcome," O'Quinn said.
Floyd says it makes him feel proud to have this kind of support, but it pains him to know that he won't be able to join them. "We do benefit rides for everybody else, so it's kind of hard," Floyd admitted, getting choked up as he spoke.
Registration for the ride is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and the riders are scheduled to leave at 10:30 a.m. If you can't participate in the ride but would still like to help Jerry, donations can be mailed to:
PO Box 102
Hazlehurst, GA 31539