Brad Clikeman...I didn't even know you and your death has really affected me. I don't know how many times I've ridden through the same intersection that you were hit going through and praying to God that the cars in the turn lane saw me! I attended your vigil because you enjoyed the same thing that I enjoy! Riding! Your friends' mentioned at your vigil how much you loved to ride and how amazing you were. I wish I would have known you! I could truly feel the love that night. The brotherhood of the Ruff Ryders and the others in attendance was palpable.
I truly hope the night of your vigil that all the cars that had to stop for your crew, went home and tried to find out what was going on at the corner of Merle Hay and Meredith Drive. I hope that going forward they will think twice about looking before they hurry through that intersection and any other intersection in Des Moines.
Rest In Peace Brad Clikeman!