Memorial bike ride for Nathan Crowson

Published: Jan. 28, 2012 at 3:20 AM CST|Updated: Feb. 6, 2012 at 9:40 AM CST
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Hundreds gathered to take a memorial bike ride for Nathan Crowson.
Hundreds gathered to take a memorial bike ride for Nathan Crowson.

Nathan Crowson used a bike to get around town because he couldn't afford a car, but more importantly, his passion was bikes.

Friday night, hundreds came out to remember the cyclist, the artist, and most importantly, the father of a little girl.

Hundreds met at LSU, then biked 12 miles for a man whose life was cut short by an alleged drunk driver. Nathan Crowson, a former WAFB employee, died last Saturday when he was hit by a drunk driver.

Dressed as "Batgirl," since she called her dad "Batman," Nathan's 5-year-old daughter Katherine was just one of hundreds of cyclists who turned out to ride in honor of Nathan Crowson.

Police say 28-year-old Joseph Branch, hit and killed Crowson last Saturday night. Records show Branch was nearly 4 times the legal limit.

Wheel by wheel, bike by bike, hundreds of cyclists were on their way for a 12-mile trek. They pedaled down Perkins Road to the crash site that's now turned into a memorial, or to what some refer to as, "ghost bike."

One by one, cyclists placed flowers. Little Katherine left her dad a note saying, "You were awesome."

Relatives have set up an account at E Federal Credit Union called Katherine Coburn Fund.

Nathan's friend, Danny Morris, was also riding with him that night. Earlier in the day Friday, he woke up from a medically-induced coma. His family is asking for blood donations.

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