July 25, 2006 -- Posted at 5:41 p.m. CDT
JONESBORO, AR -- 45-year-old George "Butch" Blevins has ridden his motorcycle to work everyday for years, and Tuesday morning was no different. But Tuesday around 4:30 a.m. an accident on U.S. Highway 63, left the avid motorcyclist dead.
"An 18-wheeler was in the wrong lane going northbound in the southbound lane. My brother was forced to lay the bike down to avoid being run over by the truck, and then he later died from his injuries at St. Bernards," said Robert Blevins.
Friends and family can't say enough about Butch Blevins.
"He was President of the Westside Band Boosters, a family man... he had two daughters. One of his daughters is in college. They ride and show horses. He's a stable guy... you know everybody loved him," said Robert Blevins.
Butch Blevins had ridden motorcycles since 1982.
"I asked him recently, I said, 'Butch, how many days have you ridden your motorcycle this year?' He said, 'I can tell you easier how many days I haven't ridden it,'" said Robert Blevins.
You can't tell much about the accident by looking at Butch Blevins motorcycle. It seems he took the brunt of the force when he hit the ground.
Robert Blevins says his brother rarely wore a helmet, and wasn't wearing one on Tuesday morning.
"Had he had a head on impact with the truck... a helmet might have helped. But I don't think a helmet would have helped him," said Robert Blevins.
Family members hope that this accident will make other drivers pay more attention when they see a motorcycle on the road, and by paying attention they can save lives..
"Every motorcyclist fears traffic. My brother is a truck driver himself, so he won't speed. I tend to go fast on my motorcycle... my brother won't," said Robert Blevins.
Blevins says the loss of his brother will help him be a better rider.
"I'm gonna pay twice as much attention as before. I'm going to ride my bike still as much as I can," said Robert Blevins.