FOND DU LAC, Wisc. (WOOD) - Survivors of an accident where a car crossed a center line and crashed into a group of motorcyclists from West Michigan, killing two of them, came together Thursday.
Friday marks the one year anniversary of the accident where Dan Winsemius, 59-year-old from Twin Lake, died at the scene ; Douglas Yonkers, 43, from Muskegon died at a hospital about a week later. The two were members of a Michigan motorcycle club and were riding in Fond du Lac County in Wisconsin.
Clinton Lovelace, 26, allegedly plowed into the group. Authorities claim Lovelace's car crossed the center line on Highway 151 east of Fond du Lac.
To mark the one year anniversary of the accident, survivors and first responders came together and shared stories and remembered the lives that were lost.
Survivors of the crash gather to honor first responders. Without the first responders' efforts, survivors say some of them might not be here.
"How do you say 'these people saved my friend from death?' How do you thank them? I cannot give them enough money or thank them verbally enough," said Brad Groom, a crash survivor and member of the Muskegon Motorcycle Gang.
The scene last May was one those first responders say they won't forget.
"This was taking bad exponentially. This, I have been telling others is like a a bomb went off on the highway, the amount of damage that was done," said ThedaStar Flight Nurse Jeff Grimm.
Many of them are now meeting for the first time.
"I was very much looking forward to this with a lot of trepidation and a lot of feelings of how, what do you say to these people that saved my friend?" asked Groom.
"It's a great feeling to see this. We see so many bad things, but to see something like this makes it all worthwhile. To see someone go through such a bad experience in their life and to come back with such positive outcomes," said Grimm.
Open Road Harley-Davidson in Fond du Lac has raised more than $25,000 for the victims and their families so far.
Lovelace is scheduled to go to trial in Fond du Lac County court in October.
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