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Memorial Ride Held for Albert Haynesworth's Brother

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by Kim Gebbia

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The sound of hundreds of motorcycle engines echoed down Broadway Sunday morning as friends and family of Lance McCoy gathered for a memorial ride in his honor. McCoy's brother, former Titans player Albert Haynesworth, lead the group to a service in Murfreesboro.

"He wanted to have his final ride," his father, Bobby McCoy told NewsChannel 5.

But they didn't think that final ride would happen with a family in tears, prayers being lifted in his name and McCoy's hearse leading the way for hundreds of bikers. 

"That was my heart I don't know, I am just hurting," McCoy added.

Bobby McCoy also recalled his final words to his son last week, and he only wishes the biking enthusiast would have listened to his advice.

"I said 'Lance, slow it down before somebody scrape you off the pavement.' He said 'I got it.' I said 'Lance, be careful' and that was the last time I talked to my son," said McCoy.

McCoy died in a high speed motorcycle accident Thursday night when he collided with a car pulling out of a parking lot on Gallatin Pike. Now friends and family held a memorial ride to remember McCoy's passion and life and also remind all those in attendance that speed can kill and safety is a two way street.

"People need to watch out for motorcycles and motorcycles need to watch out for cars," said McCoy.

"Anytime a biker goes down I feel bad because it could have been prevented if a little commons sense would have been used he could still be here," Andy McNeal added.

Already in 2010, 107 people died on Tennessee roads in motorcycle accidents. All but one were wearing a helmet.

McNeal joined in Sunday's ride because he said he almost joined that alarming statistic after barely surviving his own near death crash two years ago.

"I was lucky, I survived and I just come out to show my support," said McNeal.

Haynesworth told NewsChannel 5 he is greatly appreciative for all the love and support he's received during this very difficult time.

McCoy's funeral will be Tuesday in South Carolina.

Email: kgebbia@newschannel5.com

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