At the age of 87, Audrey Yackee has no plans to hop on a motorcycle and hit the open highway, however the Martin woman has become a very strong advocate for all motorists to take care to keep an eye out and watch for motorcyclists on the road.
According to Yackee, if it weren’t for a couple of Good Samaritans riding motorcycles, she would have been in a real pickle after a mishap in her yard one recent Sunday afternoon.
On July 28, she was tidying up her yard, picking up sticks and pulling weeds. As she tugged on a bigger weed, she fell backward, hitting her head on the ground.
“I laid there for a minute or two and eventually tried to sit up,” she said, adding that she knew that her ailing husband wouldn’t hear cries for help from inside the house. “Just then, I heard two motorcycles going by.”
As she tried to figure out how she’d get up, she heard the sounds of the motorcycles getting louder. “Apparently, they had seen me, thought maybe I might need help, so they went down to the first crossroads and turned around,” she said.
“As they approached, they asked, ‘Are you hurt? Can you walk?’ Yackee recalled. “I told them I didn’t think I could get up by myself, so they each got ahold of me and helped me up.”
The pair helped her to her back door and into the house, again asking her if she was sure she was ok. After she assured them she would be ok, they headed for their bikes, but not before pulling Yackee’s cartful of yard debris up to the back door for her.
And not before Yackee could get their names – Don Kreager and Gary Moritz. “I just really wanted to thank those two guys for coming back to give me help,” Yackee said. “And to remind all drivers to watch out for the motorcyclists on the road.”
As for Yackee, she suffered a headache after her tumble backward. “I went to my doctor and he checked me over and said I was ok,” she said.
“I guess I shouldn’t have been out pulling weeds, especially in the heat.”