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Bikers raise funds for injured boy

October 04, 2009

WILLIAMSPORT -- Nearly 200 motorcyclists participated Sunday in a benefit ride and fundraiser for David Greeley, an 8-year-old boy struck by a car while riding his bicycle on Jordan Road in August.

The 61.3-mile ride started and ended at American Legion Post 202, to which David's grandfather belongs, said Tim Fraker of the Red Men Riders Club.

"We had 190 motorcycles and 225 riders," Fraker said at 4 p.m. Sunday. "The total came to $4,817."

Fraker said funds were raised through registration fees of $10 per biker or $15 for those with passengers. Nonriders paid $10 per person for the After the Ride Party, featuring lunch served by the Post 202 Auxiliary. Music was be provided by Knights of the Turntable.

There were other fundraising activities during the day, including raffles, proceeds from which will go to a benefit fund for David. Donations can be made at any M&T Bank, with checks payable to the David A. Greeley Benefit Fund.

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Because of his severe injuries, the boy's left leg had to be amputated mid-shin, according to family members. The child also has a skull fracture, facial fractures that include a broken jaw, a broken left arm and an open fracture below his right knee.

David is a third-grader at Fountain Rock Elementary School, not far from where the accident occurred. The driver was charged with negligent driving, driving at a speed greater than reasonable and reckless driving in connection with the incident, Washington County Sheriff's deputies said.

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