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Name Released of Charity Motorcycle Rider Killed in Accident

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KENNEWICK, Wash-- A charity motorcycle ride turns tragic when one-man dies while riding Sunday. The event attracted more than 500 motorcycle riders and all the money raised is donated to the Tri-Cities humane society.

It was just Sunday morning that 59 year-old Ricky Nelson of Richland was at the Full Throttle Motorcycle Store getting ready for the charity ride.

At about noon Benton County Sheriff Deputies responded to a motorcycle accident near Sellards and Plymouth Road southwest of Kennewick, that's where they found Nelson, who had apparently failed to turn a corner and went off the side of the road.

Other motorcyclists tried to give him CPR before medics got there. Nelson was pronounced dead at Kadlec Medical Center.
"Somebody losing their life during a fundraiser for us is horrible. It's a very sad day for not only the motorcycle community, but for the humane society," said Ed Dawson, Manager at the Benton Franklin Humane Society.

The Benton County Coroner said Ricky Nelson does not have any family in this area. They have contacted a cousin, brother and his son who are in California.

An autopsy will be conducted Tuesday to determine the cause of the death. The coroner says he did have a medical history.

The riders, Saturday had a moment of silence and say it's like a member of their family died.