Lynchburg, VA- A benefit motorcycle ride over the weekend turned to tragedy after a Lynchburg man was killed. State Police say 51-year-old Stephan Scott Eberhardt wrecked Saturday when a deer ran into his bike and knocked him off.
Two other motorcycles wrecked trying to avoid him, sending three people to the hospital.
We spoke to Eberhardt's friends who say he really touched people's lives. They say he was a big man, but that he had an even bigger heart. He believed in God, doing the right thing, and helping people whenever he could.
"Everywhere you went somebody knew him and he always had a smile for them and extended his hand to them," said Stephen Collins, a church friend of Eberhardt's.
"Just all around a great guy," said Frankie Webber, a motorcyclist friend of Eberhardt's.
Friends say Eberhardt loved God, his family, and riding motorcycles in the Christian Motorcycle Association.
"He participated a lot with the CMA, he rode a lot with the CMA and it's just going to be a big loss to all of us," said Webber, who is also the Vice President of the Appomattox CMA chapter.
Saturday Eberhardt and about 40 other motorcyclists got together for a benefit ride for two fellow CMA riders. In Charlotte County, their ride was cut short.
"Just another two seconds, just another two seconds they'd have been by. And, the deer just jumped out at that certain time," said Webber.
Webber was leading the pack of riders that day. The accident involved the last three motorcycles.
"There was three bikes scattered there all over the road and all four of them was in different places. And they was just laying everywhere," he said.
It was a tragic accident. Stephen Collins has been in the same church group with Eberhardt for three years and is still coming to grips with his loss.
"This is somebody who I see two or three times a week We shared a lot of things together," said Collins.
State Police have not released many more details about the accident or the conditions of the other riders involved. However, Frankie Webber says all three riders were treated and released from the hospital Saturday.