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Riders Unify For Local Man Injured In Motorcycle Accident

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The sweltering Texas sun didn't stop more than 300 motorcyclists and others from coming out to raise money for a local man at a benefit Sunday. KTEN's Jhen Kordela went out to see what all the buzz was about and has more. 

When you find yourself in a time of need, it helps to have a lot of friends.

"A ton of friends," says Kayla Vitko.

Adds her husband, Mike, "Dwayne knows everybody in I think Grayson County, so he's good to go."

"[Sunday's] benefit is for a friend of mine -- a really good friend, named Dwayne Hagan, who was injured in a not-his-fault motorcycle accident March 24th on Highway 84 and 75," says Sara Jerome, who spearheaded the event.

Forty-three-year-old Dwayne Hagan's friends filled the Loose Wheels parking lot for a poker tournament, food, drinks and live music -- all to raise money in his name. According to Sara Jerome, benefit organizer, the accident used up all of Hagan's insurance within the first week of continuous surgeries.

"Many, many compound fractures -- like 20 some odd compound fractures -- ruptured his small intestine, bladder, spleen, pelvis, shattered both knees, elbows -- he's very fortunate, very blessed to be alive," says Jerome.

The money will help Hagan, a Pottsboro plumber for many years, financially sustain himself through recovery. Whether known to Hagan or not -- all are friends just the same, working toward a common goal and joined together by a common interest: living on the edge.

"I've lived my life having accidents, and by God, I'm standing here in pretty good shape," says David Shelt, who attended the event.

Adds Steve Rhyne, also in attendance: "It's a tight community -- everybody supports everybody."

"[It] doesn't matter what you ride, so long as you want to ride and have a good time," says Lisa Snyder, in attendance of Sunday's benefit.


Hagan was just recently released from the hospital. This is the second benefit in his name, with more to come.

- Jhen Kordela, KTEN News.

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