SEALE, AL (WTVM) - We have updates on a weekend motorcycle crash that claimed the life of one man and injured two others. The accident took place on Interstate 85 near mile marker 52 Saturday afternoon. Auburn police tell us a car in the emergency lane on I-85 pulled out into traffic, striking two men on motorcycles.
One of those men passed away from his injuries, while the other one tells us he will forever remember the friend he lost.
"He was serving the Lord and riding his motorcycle, the two things he loved more than his wife, family and the whole world," said Curtis Jamieson, the International President of Heaven's Saints Motorcycle Ministry. Tommy Odom was a member of the organization, a group of Christian bikers who donate their time and energy to better the community.
Jamieson explained, "We're here to pray with them, whatever they need, that's our calling, to minister to the other side."
Odom and his fellow biker, Jerry "Lamar" Richardson, spent Saturday in Eclectic, Alabama helping their local motorcycle chapter. Richardson said, "We fellowshipped, went to eat, cut up and had a good time."
The two hit the road around noon and that's when they both got into an accident with a car on Interstate 85.
Jamieson explained Richardson was the first to make contact with the car, "He clipped the car, bounced off into the median and Tommy hit it square in the door and the impact was too great."
50 year old Odom lost his life Sunday morning at the Columbus Regional Medical Center.
Richardson told News Leader Nine he spent this weekend with one of his best friends, and will always remember, "I love Tommy. I got to be close to Tommy, I love him. Me and Tommy were big buddies."
Tommy, who was also known as "TT" or "Turkey Tom" was the current President of the Columbus Phenix City Chapter of Heaven's Saints.
"We firmly believe what we preach, that there is an afterlife. We believe Tommy's okay but the hurt is deep. I'll think of something he said and be laughing one minute and crying the next," said Jamieson. "This is who we are, this is what we chose. I don't think it will deter people from riding. It won't affect the ministry in any negative way, if anything it's a positive attitude that we have a brother that went to be with the Lord and we have to pick up the slack and take over where he left off."
Heaven's Saints Motorcycle Ministry will be holding a memorial ride for Tommy Odom Wednesday morning starting at 10 a.m. They will meet behind the Hartz Chicken on Highway 280 and ride as a group to Odom's Memorial Service at Vance Memorial Funeral Home starting at 11 o'clock.
If you would like more information on the organization you can visit their website at http://heavenssaints.com