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Motorcycle Charity Event Turns Tragic

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KENNEWICK, Wash-- A charity ride ends with one man dead. One of the riders in this year's "Ridin for Rover" event was killed after he went off the side of the road near Sellars and Plymouth Rd. in Kennewick.

It was supposed to be a fun motorcycle ride to support the Benton Franklin Humane Society until a tragic accident left one of the charity riders dead.

Benton County Sheriff Deputies said the accident happened near Sellars and Plymouth Rd. on the southwest side of Kennewick at about noon.

The 50-year old male apparently rode off the side of the road. Deputies are still investigating what caused the accident.

The event organizers say they are deeply saddened; they do not want to release the riders name until his family is notified.

The event drew in more than 500 motorcyclists, the coordinator is not saying much about the accident but he wants to remind people the event was just a ride not a race.

It's one of the Benton Franklin Humane Society's biggest charity events. "Ridin for Rover" raised almost $4,000 last year and this year they say it could double.

Full Throttle Motorcycle Accessory Store organized the event. The riders each paid $10 and donated a pet care item. They then rode around the Tri-Cites region doing a poker run.

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