Couple honor son by wearing his safety gear while riding
By DINA ARÉVALO
Port Isabel-South Padre Press
Amidst the dozens of motorcycles parked in neat rows along the turn-around at the South Padre Island Convention Centre, one couple takes their time removing their helmets. Punk rock style skull graphics emblazoned on the riding jacket of Steve Rucker look a bit out of place, yet somehow belong. Standing next to him is his wife, Cindy Rucker, a pendant barely visible inside the collar of her own pink and purple riding jacket.
Cindy and Steve Rucker have been coming to the Beach-N-Biker Fest for the past seven years. Their family has many motorcycle enthusiasts. Indeed, at least eight members of the Rucker family were attending the Fest with them that day, but missing among their number was Cindy’s son, Crafton.
Crafton was an avid rider who friends lovingly referred to as “Guëro,” Cindy said. He had riding gear — a couple of helmets, a jacket — which he often wore when on his sport bike. But, in September of last year he went for a ride without any of that safety gear and was struck by a vehicle. He died from his injuries just days later at just 26 years old.
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