Group mourns fallen rider
Boozefighters Motorcycle Club prospect Josh Landers died in crash
Local members of a world-wide motorcycle club were mourning the loss of one of their brothers on Friday.
Joshua Kalib Landers fell to his death after a motorcycle accident just early Friday morning.
Now, members of the Boozefighters Motorcycle Club are remembering the 29-year-old, a family man who they say had turned his life around.
Together, the group is coping with the loss of the BFMC prospect who died after his bike struck a piece of debris on Highway 281 just north of I-35.
Tommy Turcol was riding bar to bar with Landers right before the accident.
"I saw the debris in the road and looked back to my lane and by the time I looked back, I had the back tire of the bike up in the air I could see the undercarriage of the bike and then O just saw headlights," Turcol said.
Investigators say Landers lost control of the bike and was thrown over the handlebars. He fell some 26 feet to the ground of the Pearl Brewery Parking lot.
He was not wearing a helmet, investigators said, and died at the scene from massive head trauma
Although he was not officially a BFMC members yest, Landers was quickly making a name for himself among the group's leadership.
"We noticed him and he was about his daughter and that's what touched me about him and I could see what kind of individual he was," said Raymond Cervantes.
But even in that short time, members say they were already seeing him turn his life around.
Now they must deal with the reality that he's gone
"The people around him that loved him that may not have known us as well, (like) his parents, I know that they had to have seen a change in Josh because I know for a fact he's been happier," said Turcol. "He's been upbeat. He's flat out told us, 'Y'all saved my life.'"
Landers leaves behind an 8-year-old daughter. The group has set up a college fund for her in her father's name.
Donations can be made to the Joshua Landers Fund at Wells Fargo Bank.
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