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Macer family holds annual memorial for Lorne

Members of Lorne Wayne Macer’s family wore brightly colored shirts and held bright, neon signs bearing messages like “You see a biker, we see family;” “Get off your phone;” “Look twice;” and “No text is more important than a life! (Look 2X).”

And whether or not drivers read the signs, family members said they saw drivers who needed the messages.

“So many of them were on their phones,” Samantha Watson, Lorne’s aunt who organized the event, said of the hundreds of drivers who passed by on Saturday. While she planned the event to memorialize her nephew, she also wants to bring awareness to distracted driving.

It was the second year the family braved the unforgiving heat on Mother’s Day weekend to remind people of the son, grandson, nephew and cousin whose life ended tragically two years ago when he died as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle wreck at that spot. Macer was 15.

Louisa Holloway holds a photograph of her children at a memorial for her son, Lorne Wayne Macer, who died two years ago in an accident.

His mother, Louisa Holloway, said Saturday that she planned to spend time at her son’s grave on Mother’s Day.

“Thanksgiving, we cooked and went to the cemetery to eat,” she said. “We’ve had birthday parties there, and unwrapped Christmas gifts. It just doesn’t feel right to do it without him.”

Watson said the Macer family feels as if justice has eluded them in the two years since young Macer’s death. It was on May 13, 2016, that Macer was traveling north on U.S. 29, and had brought his 1994 Harley Davidson motorcycle to a complete stop prior to making a left turn onto Lee Lane, according to the accident report filed by Alabama State Troopers. According to the report, Macer was struck from behind by a 2008 Ford Expedition driven. The driver, James H. Williamson, 54, Andalusia, was not criminally charged in the accident, and a Covington County grand jury, “did not find cause to indict him,” a press release from District Attorney Walt Merrell stated last year.

Lorne Macer’s grandfather, Lorne Frederick Macer, holds a photograph of his grandson.

Members of the Macer family currently have a civil suit pending against Williamson.

Lorne Wayne Macer was also the son of Lorne Justin Macer. He was a student at Andalusia High School.