Family and friends of motorcyclist killed urge drivers to watch out for bikers

BURTON (WJRT) (09/11/19) - A young father's life was cut short and his family hopes other drivers learn from one person's deadly mistake.

Friends say the best way to remember Kyle Sloan, who died in a motorcycle crash on Dort Highway, is to look twice for bikers on the road.

Kyle Sloan of Grand Blanc died when his motorcycle collided with a semi-truck turning into the McDonald's and Sunoco gas station at Dort Highway and Mt. Morris Road in Genesee Township last week.

As Sloan's family and friends remember him, they are urging drivers to be more aware of who they share the road with.

"We met on the bus, kind of hit off instantly," said best friend, Kyle Severn.

He shared more than just a first name with his best friend since third grade. Like many of Sloan's friends, the two Kyles also shared a love of bikes of all kinds.

"Riding, everything I've ever learned, I learned from him," Severn said.

Close friend Pete Rollock said he and Sloan started riding BMX bikes together and stayed on two wheels. Another close friend, Preston Ahlson, remembers Sloan could ride or fix anything with wheels.

Sloan died doing what he loved. Police said he was on his bike headed to work when a box truck turned into his path on Dort Highway.

"It was tragic, broke my heart," Ahlson said.

"Not a day goes by that I don't think about him," Severn said.

Sloan's friends and family say the best way to honor him is to help spread the state's "Look Twice, Save a Life" campaign and help keep motorcyclists safe on the road.

"We want to go home just as bad as everybody else here does. Slow down and watch out for us. Let us go home," Rollock said.

Sloan took his final ride Tuesday with loved ones and more than of his fellow 80 bikers.

"Proper ride home for him. He would have been proud," Ahlson said.

Sloan leaves behind a 6-year-old son and another son on the way. He was just 30 years old.