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Friends, family and bikers gather to remember accident victim

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Biker's from all over our community are remembering a woman who many say won't be forgotten.

Tracy Handel, 36, was laid to rest today.

Many people tell KSFY News, Tracy loved animals and worked at a local vet clinic.

KSFY News went to the memorial ride, where bikers honored the crash victim who police say died after being hurt in a hit-and-run crash.

It was a pretty emotional ride.

Teri Handel, Tracy's big sister has fond memories of her little sister. "She always had a smile, and she was always there to help somebody," Teri Handel said.

And that's how Teri Handel will remember Tracy.

"Tracy was such a happy person, it's really important to us and her friends that we celebrate her, we want to remember her the way she was, she was happy, she loved riding," Teri Handel said.

So friends and family came out to J&L Harley to honor Tracy with a memorial motorcycle ride.

"We're all going to go out tonight and let the wind blow through our hair, just like she loved," Teri Handel said.

And so they did, with Teri riding along in Tracy's prized yellow Pontiac Firebird. One of Tracy's best friends, Stephanie Kucera, was touched by the turnout.

"It warms my heart, I'm very grateful for all the support and the love and compassion," Kucera said.

It was only a week ago today when Tracy Handel was riding on the back of a motorcycle with a friend. Police say they were struck by a Jeep driven by Darren Boomgarden.

Yet Kucera holds no bad feelings.

"Darren's family needs a lot of love and support right now too. And I'd really like to just put a shout out there for him too, for his daughter and his family, for them too, that people love him and pray for them too," Kucera said.

Paul Hess, another motorcycle friend of Tracy's, agrees.

"She wouldn't want us to beat him up, or feed him to the sharks. She would want us to grab a hold of him and help him learn how to live life differently that he has to this point," Hess said.

The driver of the Jeep, Darren Boomgarden, has been charged with Vehicular Homicide, Vehicular Battery, DWI 2nd, Felony Hit and Run, No Insurance and Open Container.

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