Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Lifelong Biker Had Big Heart for Family

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Lifelong Biker Had Big Heart for Family

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HIT-AND-RUN; FHP seeking driver of Honda Accord, and asking for help


William "Billy" Wren spent his last Saturday the same way he had most weekends since he retired, grabbing breakfast with members of his motorcycle club and going for a ride.

His ride and life were cut short after he bid his friends farewell at Elaine's Cafe on Cattlemen Road last weekend. The 71- year-old Sarasota resident was killed in a hit-and-run wreck Saturday morning.

A Honda Accord struck his motorcycle from behind on Bee Ridge Road just before 10:15 a.m., the Florida Highway Patrol reported. Wren was entering the street's intersection with Lockwood Ridge Road from a stop, and the Accord reportedly dragged his motorcycle about 250 feet.

The driver fled, and Wren died of his injuries at Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

The Accord is described as a silver or gray four-door made in the 1990s or 2000, said FHP spokesman Ken Watson. The vehicle likely has front-end damage.

Watson said the best description of the driver that the FHP has received was a "female in her 40s with long dark hair." He said there are likely more people with tips and information.

"I know somebody out there has the information we need. We just need that person to step forward," he said. "It's just a matter of time. We are going to find this person."

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Corporal Jacquline Stevens at (239) 938-1800 or *FHP on a cellphone.

Lifelong rider

William Wren was a man who adored motorcycles, but loved his family more.

His half-brother Ricky Wren, 59, said he learned that the hard way when he wrecked one of William's first bikes in the early '70s.

Ricky Wren, 19 at the time, totaled his brother's borrowed Kawasaki 175 Enduro. But instead of being met with unbridled anger, he only received compassion.

"He treated it like matter of fact, just glad you're ok," he said. …

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