News 12 at 6 o'clock / Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2013
AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW) -- Along Huber Clay Road in Aiken County, a humble cross marks where a man lost his life.
"He would open his door to anybody. He would give anybody a hand. He touched my life in so many ways. Nobody will ever understand,” says Stephanie Porter, who considers the fallen man her father.
Last Thursday, a blue Chevrolet Silverado U-turned onto Huber Clay Rd. from a nearby county landfill.
According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the drivers apparently didn't see an oncoming Harley Davidson motorcycle carrying Daniel Favors and his wife Kathy Favors.
While Kathy has a long recovery ahead of her, her husband died shortly after he was rushed to Georgia Regents Medical Center.
"Kathy said right before it happened that he looked back at her and said, 'Grab me and hold on. Put your head on my back, and I love you.' And that was the last thing he ever said to her,” says Porter.
Porter believes it saved Kathy’s life, her sister-in-law.
"You know, he gave her the ultimate gift. He gave his life for her. You know, he loved her,” she says.
Doctors say she's now in stable condition, but the family says Kathy will likely be hospitalized for half a year.
"It crushed her pelvis. She has a rod that goes all the way through her hips. It comes across the front of her body. It's kind of like a mechanical hip. She has a broken right leg and pins in her left knee,” says Porter.
Kathy’s medical condition has created another problem. Without a costly medical transport, Kathy can't attend the funeral for her Harley-loving husband.
"You know, with everything else going on, we just can't afford it, you know,” Porter says.
Ultimately, it might leave a woman with broken bones and a broken heart with a broken spirit.
The funeral is on Friday, and the family says anyone is invited. They're hoping bikers will show up to escort the procession from Platt's Funeral Home in Downtown Augusta to Bellevue Cemetery. The family says bikers can arrive at Platt's around noon.
The family wants bikers to wear helmets, even if the law for a particular state says it’s optional. Trooper says the Favors were not wearing helmets at the time of the accident.
The family is also hoping to schedule another charity ride, and wearing helmets will be the chief message.