Motorcyclist Killed on Charity Ride

A motorcyclist was killed in Menifee County Saturday when he attempted to pass a vehicle that made a left turn and hit him. We're told Stephen Morris, 43, of Carlisle, was riding for a charity when the crash happened.

Morris was traveling east on Ky 1274 when he tried to pass a vehicle driven by James Agee of Frenchburg. Police say Agee did not signal before trying to turn into a gravel parking lot.

Morris was taken to Saint Clair Regional Medical Center in Morehead, where he was pronounced dead. Agee was not injured.

Morris' friends told 27NEWSFIRST he left from Paris Saturday morning a group riding to raise money for an infant boy who needs a new heart. Police said Morris was not wearing a helmet. We're told another man was also hurt on the ride.

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  • by anonymous Location: kentucky on Jun 20, 2010 at 01:39 PM
    i have not found one comment yet i agree with. even if mr. agee had signaled stephen morris wouldnt have seen it because he was coming around the car. concerning the comment by richard in CT, if mr. agee couldnt see the bike because he was blinded by the headlight, where does he think the lights coming from?? i beleive this COULD haave been prevented and SHOULD have. i hope mr. agee has learned his lesson and is more cautious on the road!
  • by Richard Location: CT on Dec 8, 2008 at 05:48 PM
    What did Stephen Morris die from? Was it head injury of torso injury? The problem is that the truck driver turned in front of the bike which had the right of way. Of course Mr. Agee will say he didn't see the bike. He was probably blinded by the headlight, which is hardwired in the on position on new bikes. If Agee had pulled across in front of an 18 wheeler and was killed would you say I can't Believe he wasn't wearing a helmet?
  • by Violet Location: Wellington on Aug 28, 2008 at 04:44 PM
    Since there are two sets of skid marks from the motorcycle a distance from the wreck, but none next to the crash, I think the rider had to have seen the Agee vehicle was turning. However, he must have lost control as he braked, then tried to regain control. Unfortunately, he ran out of distance and time. As for people that are acting like they never make mistakes that could result in tragedy, I say this: Nobody drives perfectly all the time! At some time or another, you notice your speed is a little too fast and correct it, you brake to keep from hitting a dog, etc, then, look in your rearview mirror, get side-tracked and swerve, etc. Now for both families, I pray for you. However, you must cling to God's promises. For, He can take what Satan means for bad and bring some good out of it. For example, when my Dad died, my brother committed his life unto God. Although our loss was, and is, great, God took the bad and produced a good that I know my Dad would've given his life for.
  • by Sharon Location: McCreary on Aug 27, 2008 at 09:28 AM
    This is sad for all involved. I really believe you don't leave earth until it is your time. God needed another angel in heaven. Please just pray for both families.
  • by Linda Location: Texas on Aug 27, 2008 at 04:24 AM
    ACCIDENT Why cant people see that no matter what happened someone died here.Its a crying shame that people cant see past this.My heart goes out to all involoved.May this man rest in peace.
  • by zack Location: paris on Aug 27, 2008 at 12:35 AM
    Well I feel sorry for this family.I lost my dad when I was only 2 years of age. I really dont think charges should be filed I'm with stephanie on this one. I see nothing wrong with Agee he made a mistake. You all cant say you have ever forgotten to use you signal or something. If this was you all in Agee shoes you would say it was a mistake so make sure you do what you are fussing over. It will be hard for Agee to live knowing he killed a man so why add to that. Agee has been charged with something that want go away have to go to sleep everynight knowing this and haveing nightmares on this. Over look my spelling.
  • by Ken Location: Newport on Aug 26, 2008 at 07:48 PM
    Why are people saying every biker should wear a helmet? If you wore one while driving your car it would probably save lives but do you want more laws telling us what we must do.
  • by Tammy Location: Paris on Aug 26, 2008 at 06:29 PM
    I am a family member i do appreciate all of the support from most of you. This was a charity ride for a very sick baby. This is one of the things that Steve loved doing! I must say that we were told that a helmet would not have saved him. He was a great man with a wonderful family and we should all be thinking of them and their loss. Mr. Agee should have been paying attention but my thoughts are when the good Lord says its your time its your time.
  • by Chuck Location: Bluegrass on Aug 26, 2008 at 11:48 AM
    May God bless the family of Stephen Morris. We also want to remember the Agee family, too. Both families are hurting. We hurt with them.
  • by Stephanie Location: Lancaster on Aug 25, 2008 at 06:55 PM
    To my responding friend: With all due respect, I am not sure what book are you looking at, but we can "if this then that" ANY accident and, by your logic, make it "not an accident." Hindsight is 20/20. Give me any accident scene and I can tell you what could have been done to have prevented it, so I am not really sure what your point is here. What exactly constitues as an accident to you? Like I said before, this was a very tragic ACCIDENT. The driver was very negligent in his actions, yes, but criminal? No. Maybe cite him for not using his signal, but I see nothing "criminal" in his actions. As for those questioning the seatbelt/helmet laws, that would be the insurance companies pushing that law. They pay out substantial $$ each year in PIP on auto accidents and seatbelts help lower this cost whereas PIP is not required on motorcycles. Therefore, they have no stake in their loss. So, Anonymous in Harlan, that is what the lawmakers were thinking, or should I say NOT thinking.
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