Motorcyclist on deadly crash: 'I wish people would pay more attention'

Published: Sep. 4, 2017 at 4:06 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 4, 2017 at 9:23 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A motorcyclist is dead following a crash that happened late Sunday night on East Broadway.

Emergency crews were called to the area of Broadway and Hancock Street at about 11 p.m.

WAVE 3 News talked to a witness, who said the group of 30 motorcyclists are friends who meet every week at the Speedway on Bardstown Road.

Abdull Al Jumaily said the group was riding westbound on Broadway in a line, two by two.

"We got to the next light and we turned around and we looked and there was a bike on fire," Jumaily said.

Two bikes were hit; one rider died at the scene and two others were taken to the hospital.

"It was a really hard time," Jumaily said. "It felt like it was in a dream, and I asked myself, 'did that really happen?'"

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Witnesses told police a white Chevy impala made a left turn, crossing into the path of the motorcycles.

"When you are on the bike, it is hard to stop the bike quick," Jumaily said. "It's like I wish people would pay more attention."

Police said witnesses told them the motorcyclists were traveling at a high rate of speed.

Jumaily said whenever a large group rides together they ride closely.

"We were a lot of people, like 30 bikes," Jumaily said. "We were all going slow to keep up with each other."

Jumaily said the Impala did not have a turn signal on when he passed it.

"I wish they would pay attention and take another look and save someone else's life," Jumaily said. "We ride bikes, but we have family waiting for us too."

The man who was killed in the crash was identified as Shawn Cardwell, 34, by the Jefferson County Coroner's Office.

Jumaily said the two sent to the hospital are recovering from surgery.

Police suspect alcohol may have been a factor for the driver of the car. The driver was also taken to an area hospital for treatment.

Charges are expected to be filed in the case.

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