Benefit held for motorcyclist run over by bus

Carlos Cepeda, 37, killed Saturday

Published On: Jul 14 2013 09:41:29 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 15 2013 02:46:15 AM CDT

Friends of a motorcyclist who was killed after he was run over by a bus on Saturday night said they are grieving, but they are also working to help his family out.

Carlos Cepeda, 37, was killed Saturday night while riding his motorcycle on West Theo.

Police said as he approached an intersection there he laid his bike down and rolled under a VIA bus that was headed north on De Soto.

The news of Cepeda's death spread quickly to his brothers in the Latin Skulls Motorcycle Club.

Larry Flores, president of the Latin Skulls Motorcycle Club, said when they found out, they knew they had to help.

"We did it for a brother," said Flores. "He went down. We're trying to help out. We made a phone call to other brothers to try and help the family out. It's a tragedy what happened. We are here to help out."

Members of the Latin Skulls Motorcycle Club and owners of the Pecan Grove Bar organized a last-minute hamburger plate fundraiser for the family on Sunday.

Sylvia Vasquez, owner of the Pecan Grove Bar, said she was surprised by the turnout and was glad that there were so many people who wanted to help.

"Carlos was a very good man, too young to go," said Vasquez. "He left three kids behind. We're going to miss him dearly."

Flores said Cepeda was a hard-working man, a family man and just someone who loved to ride.

"People don't' realize that we are out there on the road, riding," said Flores. "They take it for granted, don't look both ways and this is what happens."

Police said Saturday that Cepeda was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident and that they were still investigating.

A spokesperson for VIA said they would also be conducting some "post accident testing," which is standard procedure.

The spokesperson also reported that the driver of the bus was not hurt and that there were no passengers on board during the accident.

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