The rumble of more than 400 motorcycles filled the air in Scandinavia Sunday, as a community rallied together for the 2nd annual Dylan Thorne Motorcycle Memorial Ride.
Emily Kolb knew Thorne for years. They weren't blood relatives, but she called him her cousin.
"Our families go way back. We've known each other for a very long time," said Kolb, "We say family friends, but we really grew up like we were cousins."
Thorne had a promising future. Only 18-years-old, he was a recent high school graduate, and poised to go into law enforcement. But on July 19, 2014, his life was cut short when he was hit head-on by a drunk driver while on his way to work. Thorne died on the scene.
Kolb said she was camping in Hayward when she heard the news. Thorne always wanted a motorcycle, in fact he came close to buying one right before he died. So a year after his death, his family thought it was only appropriate to host a motorcycle memorial ride in his honor.
Bikers rode 112 miles, making three 30 minute stops before making their way back to Silver Lake Lanes.
"We have just such support from all the bikers in this area and everything," said Kolb, "The whole event just came together perfectly."
Some wore bright orange shirts with Dylan's face on the front, and his football number, 21, on the back. Kolb said she hopes this annual memorial will serve as a constant reminder to never drink and drive.
"It's just a reckless decision. It's just irresponsible," said Kolb, "If that's something you wanna risk with your own life, that's your choice. But when you get behind the wheel of a car you're risking other people's lives as well."
After all the bikers made it back to Silver Lake Lanes, a 2014 Harley Davidson was raffled off. About 1,500 tickets were sold at $20 each, and proceeds will be donated to the future Dylan Thorne Memorial locker rooms. His family plans to build the lockers for the Thunderbird Field in Iola-Scandinavia.