FOXBORO (CBS/AP) — New England Patriots proprietor Robert Kraft made a shock announcement Saturday, as he pledged to donate $100,000 to the households of seven motorcyclists killed in a tragic crash in New Hampshire final month.
Greater than a thousand bikers got here from throughout the nation to Gillette Stadium in Foxboro to rejoice the lives of the women and men who have been killed when a pickup truck and trailer crashed into a bunch of bikes in Randolph, New Hampshire on June 21. They have been members or supporters of the Jarheads, a New England bike membership that features Marines and their spouses.
Kraft met the group within the car parking zone for the occasion Saturday, which raised cash for the households of the victims. When he bought up on stage to handle the gang, he made this shock announcement.
“I do know you’ve gotten a GoFundMe web page and it stated you’re trying to increase 700 (thousand ) and also you’re someplace close to $560,000, so our household, we’re going to commit $100,000 to that,” Kraft stated.
The group erupted in cheers.
“And should you don’t get to the 700 at present, we’re making it up no matter it’s,” the Patriots proprietor stated. “We’re all Patriots and you’re the true Patriots.”
“We’d like that help and it’s there. We’re embracing it,” stated Matthew Ferazzi, whose father was killed within the crash. Michael Ferazzi was a U.S. Marine and later grew to become a police provide in Plymouth, Massachusetts and New Hampshire the place he grew to become a member of the Jarheads MC.
“They have been driving for good, they have been driving for charity, they have been driving to assist folks. My dad was a public servant his whole life. He helped folks his whole life, that’s all he knew,” Ferazzi informed WBZ-TV.
Manny Ribeiro, Jarheads president and crash survivor, stated the weeks because the crash have been “terrible” however the “unwavering help” has helped the group and the biker neighborhood by way of the tragedy.
“This occasion wouldn’t have come collectively with out Mr. Kraft,” he stated over the sound of dwell music and roaring bikes.
George Loring, one other Jarheads member, stated the help helps, however “it doesn’t cease the tears.”
“Each motorcyclist right here is right here to help those that have died and those that are injured and hopefully their presence at present will assist all people heal,” stated Loring, who was yards away from the crash.
The pickup driver, Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, 23, pleaded not responsible to negligent murder and stays behind bars.
Connecticut officers twice alerted Massachusetts a few drunken driving arrest towards Zhukovskyy. Regardless of the alerts, Massachusetts didn’t droop his license.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker stated he’s drafting laws to make the state’s business driver necessities extra stringent. The state can be bringing in an out of doors agency to audit the motor automobiles registry.
“We misplaced seven folks as a result of they filed their paperwork away and didn’t do their jobs. This man mustn’t have been driving,” Loring stated. “Now, all of us should dwell with it,” he stated.
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