FOXBORO (CBS / AP) – New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft announced a surprise announcement on Saturday by promising to donate $ 100,000 to the families of seven motorcyclists involved in a tragic accident in New Hampshire died last month.
More than a thousand bikers came from around the country to the Gillette Stadium in Foxboro to celebrate the lives of men and women killed as a pickup and trailer on June 21 in Randolph, New Hampshire, against one Group of motorcycles bounced off supporters of the Jarheads, a motorcycle club in New England that also includes Marines and their spouses.
Kraft met the group on Saturday in the parking lot to raise money for the families of the victims. When he came on stage to address the crowd, he made this surprising announcement.
"I know you have a GoFundMe page that says you want to collect 700 (thousand dollars) and that you're close to 560,000 dollars, so we'll be ours That's it, "Kraft said.
The crowd burst into cheers.
" And if you do not come to the 700 today, we'll do it what it is, "said the Patriot "We are all patriots and you are the true patriots."
"We need this support and take it Michael Ferazzi was a US Navy and later became a police operator in Plymouth, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, where he became a member of the Jarheads MC
"They drove for always and to help people he helped all his life. That's all he knew, "Ferazzi told WBZ-TV.
Manny Ribeiro, Jarhead's president and crash survivor, said the weeks since the crash had been "terrible", but the "unwavering support" had helped the group and the biker community The Tragedy.
"This event would not have happened without Mr. Kraft," he said of the sound of live music and thunderous motorcycles.
George Loring, another Jarheads member, said assistance helps, but "she does not brake tears."
"Every motorcyclist here is here to assist the deceased and the deceased injured and hopefully her presence will help everyone recover today, "said Loring, who was a few feet from the accident.
The pickup driver Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, 23, pleaded not guilty of careless murder and remains behind bars.
Connecticut officials alerted Massachusetts twice about a drunken driving arrest against Zhukovskyy. Despite the warnings, Massachusetts was unable to suspend his driver's license.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said he is drafting laws to tighten state requirements for commercial drivers. The state also commissions an external company to audit the motor vehicle register.
"We lost seven people because they filed their papers and did not do their job. That guy should not have been driving, "Loring said. "Now we all have to live with it," he said.
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