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UPDATE: Names released in Lyric & Elizabeth ride accident

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UPDATE: A biker injured during the annual Memorial Ride and Drive for Lyric and Elizabeth is still in serious condition.

The Fayette County Sheriff's Office says Mitchel Lee Tyler, 67 of Waterloo is still recovering at UI Hospitals.

Two other bikers involved in the crash were Lee McNamee, 63 and Brian Wade Sampson, 56.

McNamee had minor injuries and Sampson had no injuries.

This accident is still under investigation.


A biker is recovering after colliding with two other motorcycles during an annual ride to commemorate Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins, the two cousins murdered five years ago.

Bikers thought about the two little girls the whole day,  but unfortunately bikers also were thinking about three people involved in an accident during the event.

"The incident was caused by a dead animal in the road way," said Shawn Murphy, event organizer. "It was not from irresponsible riding or anything like that."

What exactly happened is not clear at this time, but friends are saying one biker slammed on the brakes and flipped over the handle bars. The crash affected three of the 300 bikers.

"It is fortunate that the domino affect did not happen...which it could have taken out quiet a few different people," said Murphy.

The Fayette County Sheriff's Office says they took the victims to the Oelwein hospital and one was later flown to Iowa City. After the crash the bikers couldn't help, but think about their brothers.

"Some of us got together and did a prayer right there at Barney's when we found out everything," said Murphy. "It's one of those things where we were thinking about the injured riders all day long, it was on our thoughts all day long."

Friends say they're confident all three bikers will be all right. Friends say one biker is still recovering in Iowa City.

"As of right now we know he is doing pretty well, he does have some severe facial injuries," said Murphy. "All of his internal organs are doing very well so that is a good sign."

Organizers say they're passionate about safety during the annual Memorial Ride and Drive and they say this is the first time something like this happened and hopefully it will be the last.

Organizers say they plan to re-evaluate their safety plan to make sure something like this doesn't happen again. Authorities aren't releasing the biker's names at this time.

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