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Benefit ride planned for Jesup motorcycle crash victims

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A memorial ride will be held in July to show support for injured motorcycle crash victim Derek Martie of Jesup and his girlfriend, Katlyn "Kate" Leekley, who died of injuries she sustained in the crash. A memorial ride will be held in July to show support for injured motorcycle crash victim Derek Martie of Jesup and his girlfriend, Katlyn "Kate" Leekley, who died of injuries she sustained in the crash.
BLACK HAWK COUNTY (KWWL) -

A memorial ride will be held in July to show support for injured motorcycle crash victim Derek Martie of Jesup and his girlfriend, Katlyn "Kate" Leekley, who died of injuries she sustained in the crash.

According to police, the two were riding a motorcycle along Dubuque Road in Black Hawk County when a man swerved over the center line and crashed into them, sending them into a ditch.

Investigators have charged 22-year old Bryan Cornwell of Oelwein with operating while intoxicated and vehicular homicide.

Meanwhile, friends have organized a benefit ride/cruise for Martie and Leekley on July 20.

It will start at 11 a.m. at Riverview Recreational Park in Waterloo where, according to friends, the two spent a lot of free time together.

Organizers say the ride will go by the crash site, where folks can pay respects to Leekley.

The ride will end at Teacher's Park in Independence with food and drinks. Organizers noted no alcohol would be provided.

Donations for the ride will go toward the Martie and Leekley families for expenses they have incurred.

A family member of Martie said she is overwhelmed with the community's support during this time.

They are optimistic Martie will survive.

More information about the event can be found here.

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