Popular biker club loses a second member to tragedy
By Nikki Gaskinsngaskins@abcnews4.com
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV)For one biker club, members have certainly experienced their fair share of tragedy in less than a year.
Allen James, 62, died after he was run over by the driver of a sedan near the St. James Avenue intersection in Goose Creek on Wednesday.
His death marks the second for the Warhorse Brotherhood in less than a year.
James was an army veteran having served in the Vietnam War. As a proud member of the Warhorse Brotherhood, he took pride in helping those less fortunate.
His fallen bike coupled with flashing blue lights is a scene forever scarred in the mind of Melanie James.
"It makes me angry. It breaks my heart," she said.
Married nearly ten years to Allen James, she says he was a man who loved his family and community.
"Allen was the best man I've ever known. He was honest. He told you like it is. You always knew where you stood with him. He would do anything he could to help anybody," said the fallen biker's wife.
Also outspoken, the beloved biker became vocal after Chucktown Tavern was forced to remove an American and POW flag that he helped put up.
"His impact will be strongly missed by all of us," said Randy Kent, president of the Warhorse Brotherhood.
For Kent, Allen's death follows much too soon the death of another biker, 44-year-old Scott Arrington
"It was the same circumstances. It happened because somebody was not paying attention. They pulled into traffic and crossed the median and went right in front of him," said Kent.
Allen was riding with three other bikers at the time of the accident near St. James Avenue and Highway 17A. Kent says that particular vehicle drove off.
"Unfortunately, he was hit by another car once he hit the ground," said Kent. "The accident is still under investigation, but they haven't found him."
Both Kent and Allen's wife, Melanie, are pleading with drivers to share the road with others on two wheels.
"People, pay attention. It could be your husband, your father, your brother or your friend. It's needless. It's senseless," stressed Melanie.
While her husband's sudden passing seems more like a bad dream than reality his legacy, she vows, will live on.
"I will do everything I can to carry on his mission," she said.
This Friday, Melanie says her family plans to take her husband's ashes to the national cemetery in Beaufort followed by a service in his memory.
On Saturday morning, the club will celebrate his memory at Riverfront Park in North Charleston.
Allen leaves behind two grown son and three grandchildren.