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Family reacts to motorcycle death

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An area woman is hoping the sudden death of her family member will inspire others to stay focused on the road. 62-year-old Arthur "Mike" Ashton Junior died when he lost control of his motorcycle, hitting a ditch.

The Waterloo native loved his motorcycle like a family member. We spoke with the mother of his kids, who says his bike was everything to him.

Martha Hall-Cooper says, "He was doing what he loved and he always said that when he died he wanted to be on his bike."

Saturday night, Mike was riding along-side his son when he lost control on Quasqueton Diagonal Boulevard, a road with many curves. Mike died on scene in front of his and Martha's son.

She's mourning but also speaking out so others can be aware of the dangers on the road.

"I would tell everyone to watch the road, watch the people around you, keep your kids safe and your grand-kids safe because you do not want to be here," she says.

Mike leaves behind three children, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren with one on the way.

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