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Benefit ride to support Jesup motorcyclists hit by alleged drunk driver

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

A memorial ride is planned for Saturday 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 Bryan Cornwell, 22, of Oelwein with operating while intoxicated and vehicular homicide.

Friends have organized a benefit ride/cruise for Martie and Leekley and their families on Saturday.

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 at around noon with food, raffle items, a silent auction and a live DJ.

Organizers noted no alcohol would be provided, and stated their goal is to show support for the Martie and Leekley families as well as remind people of the consequences of drinking and driving.

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

Family members of Martie said doctors have told Derek he will never be able to see again, but said he plans to attend Saturday's benefit. They said Derek has been working hard in therapy to make sure he can attend.

More information about the event can be found here.

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