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Upstate family to hold fundraiser for son killed in motorcycle accident

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A grieving Upstate family is reaching out to their community as they try to keep the memory of their son alive. Justin Martin, 23, left behind a wife and one-year-old daughter when he was killed Sept. 1 in a motorcycle accident.

It happened along Crane Avenue and Nancy Drive just feet away from his home. The coroner said he was thrown from his bike when a van turned in front of him. He died on the scene.

"My mom called me and she told me to get home, and she sounded all sad and stuff. I was like, 'Why? Why?' And she said my brother was gone," recalled Jessee Smith, Martin's younger brother.

"We always thought that he was sort of indestructible because he had been in so many accidents before and just walked away with scratches," Martin's sister Candace said.  "And it's just kind of funny that the only thing that could stop him would have been like a two-ton vehicle."

Almost three weeks later his family hopes to create positive change from their heartache. Wednesday they handed out flyers for a fundraising event at a very appropriate location: Bike Night at Quaker Steak and Harley Davidson. They hope to raise money to help with funeral and headstone costs and his daughter, Morgan.

They also hope to get drivers in the community to pay more attention to prevent similar accidents. The event is a small way to bring comfort to a grieving family, who, with the rumble of a motorcycle, will always be reminded of their Martin.

The event is happening on Saturday, Oct. 5, at Chelsey's on Cedar Lane Road in Greenville. It will go from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a bike show, raffles, a hot dog sale and more - all things the family says Martin loved and that he would want at any party.

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