BEAUMONT — 21-year-old Jesse Doucette, Jr. died nearly two weeks ago after a crash on Highway 105 on April 27.
Texas DPS troopers say Doucette rear-ended a dump truck that began to make a right turn off of Highway 105.
Doucette was a prospective member of the Already Dead Motorcycle Club who led today’s benefit ride.
"He was a great kid, very respectful, he showed up for us and came to some of our events and every time he showed up he was just a great kid," Domino, the club’s vice-president said.
The Saratoga man’s death was a tragedy to their club and the rest of the motorcycle community.
Smoke, the club’s president says that it was emotional to see dozens of people join the 100-mile ride in Doucette’s memory.
"These people care about each other, we love each other. A lot of people say that, we come here to show it,” Smoke said.
“When people die, you wish you would've said things to them, you wish you could've taken time with them. We love our brothers like they're already dead. That's what it means," Smoke added.
It means a lot to the club that several people wanted to honor the West Hardin High School graduate.
"It hurt all of us deep down in our heart and all we want to do is honor him. That's why we set up this ride, we want to go on a ride and just honor his life and his memory," Domino said.
Smoke estimates that over $1,000 was raised for Doucette’s mother.