Sumter motorcyclist killed in crash to get loud send-off on Saturday

09/27/2013 6:56 PM

09/27/2013 7:17 PM

About 100 motorcycle engines will rev across Sumter Saturday in honor of a quieted fellow rider.

Members of the Thunderguards Motorcycle Club are scheduled to lead the funeral procession of Adrean Sanders Spann, a road captain for the club who was killed in a motorcycle crash Monday.

The procession is being organized by the Thunderguards’ vice president and Spann’s uncle, Jake Sanders Jr. In addition to the road captain’s job of directing club members on rides, Spann also used his career experience in construction to act as contractor to the Thunderguards’ clubhouse.

“He pretty much ran the clubhouse,” Sanders said. “He’s the one that kept it up.”

The 36-year-old Sumter native was reportedly riding his bike on Florence Highway after a Thunderguards event about 2:20 a.m. Monday, when he apparently lost control of his motorcycle making the turn where the road branches off onto South Main Street in Mayesville. Spann was transported to Tuomey Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead an hour later.

No helmet was found at the scene of the crash. The Mayesville Police Department is investigating the incident. Spann ran his own business, Sanders Maintenance and Waterproofing, and has a nearly 2-year-old son, Adrian Immanuel Sanders, who lives in Goldsboro, N.C.

“He was just an awesome guy,” said Bridget Spann, Adrean’s sister. “He had a smile that could brighten a room.” The bikes are scheduled to ride from the family home on Florence Highway at 11:20 a.m. Saturday, including all members of the Sumter chapter and other Thunderguard chapters expected in town for the procession.

“They’re coming in from all over the country, East Coast and West Coast,” Bridget Spann said.

The group will travel down Florence Highway onto the U.S. 378 bypass, exiting onto Camden Highway to Grant Hill Baptist Church on Black River Road, where Spann’s funeral will be held at noon. His fellow club members will act as pallbearers.

Spann’s passion for motorcycles will literally carry him to his grave. The hearse carrying his coffin will be pulled by his fellow Thunderguards.

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