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Motorcyclists hold vigil to mourn loss of Brooksville therapist

Hernando Today correspondent
Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 07:02 PM

Patricia Drew was Tricia Dorvee's mental health therapist and a friend.

So when Tricia and her husband, Dave, learned of Drew's tragic death on Thursday, the Spring Hill couple sprang into action.

"We got on the phone and on Facebook immediately," Dave Dorvee said. By Monday night, a candlelight vigil was organized in memory of Drew. More than 160 motorcycles were in attendance at the accident site near the intersection of Cortez Boulevard and Weeping Willow St.

The tragedy happened around 7 p.m. on Thursday as Drew was riding her motorcycle alongside her friends, Albert Hager, 64, and his passenger, Susan Helie, 60. The three were close friends with the Dorvees, who are also avid bikers.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the two bikes were traveling west on Cortez Boulevard when a vehicle driven by Linda Peoples traveling in the opposite direction made a left turn onto Weeping Willow, directly into the path of the bikers.

Hager and Helie collided with the passenger side of the vehicle, causing them to then hit Drew's motorcycle. The impact sent Drew onto the roadway, where she died at the scene. Hager and Helie were transported to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. They are currently listed in stable condition.

"They both got out of intensive care on Saturday about 1 p.m.," said Dave Dorvee.

The Dorvees are fellow motorcyclists who said kinship among those in the motorcycle community is thick. Dave hosts the Hardees Bike Night each week at the restaurant on Commercial Way in Weeki Wachee. His wife, Tricia, is the vice president of the non-profit called Chicks in the Wind that organizes several benefits throughout the year."

Monday's vigil raised more than $266 for Hager and Helie.

"Patricia's family wanted the money given to Albert and Sue," Dave Dorvee said.

The event was a breathtaking display of support for the grieving families.

"We had 160 bikes all lit up in a row," Dave Dorvee said. "After that everybody started their motors and we revved them for about five minutes."

Dave Dorvee is an advocate for biker awareness. He decried the fact that billboards aren't displayed reminding drivers to watch for motorcycles.

The driver involved was charged with careless driving, Dave Dorvee said. Meanwhile, family and friends grieve the tragic and senseless loss of their friend.

"She touched a lot of people in the mental health aspect," Tricia Dorvee said. "This is an overwhelming loss to the community."


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