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Fellow biker: Pothole caused Friday's fatal crash

The Larimore, N.D., man who died after in a Friday morning motorcycle crash near Fessenden, N.D., was ejected from his bike after hitting a large pothole in the roadway, according to a biker who was riding with the victim.

Roger Nestegard said 61-year-old Roger Ready was heading west on U.S. Highway 200 with him and two other members of the American Legion Riders when the accident occurred at 9:15 a.m. Friday.

Nestegard said the four motorcyclists were riding in a staggered formation when the guy in front hit the edge of a large pothole, which he estimated to be about 2 feet wide, 2 feet long and from 4 to 8 inches deep. The first rider "flew in the air," he said, before safely regaining control of his vehicle.

But Ready, who was behind the first driver, hit the pothole a little further to the left and was thrown from his 1998 Honda motorcycle after the bike went into the air. Nestegard, who was driving behind Ready, said the other biker and himself were able to stop before they hit the hole.

He added several reports have said Ready collided with debris on the road, but it was actually the pothole that caused the accident. Nestegard said there was a sign warning about broken pavement on the highway, and the hole was partially patched by Saturday.

Ready was transported to the Harvey, N.D., Medical Center about 24 miles from the crash, where he died of his injuries. He was not wearing a helmet, according to the state Highway Patrol.

A good man

Nestegard, vice president of the local Resurrection Riders chapter of the Christian Motorcycle Association, said he got to know Ready through the group over the last three years. The association will hold two memorial rides in honor of Ready, he said.

Ready was a chaplain and minister, was active in the Church of the Nazarene in Larimore and was a member of the Patriot Guard, a motorcycle group that attends and provides security to military funerals.

He was also dedicated "100 percent" to spreading the word of Christ to the motorcycle community, Nestegard said, and will be remembered as a kind man.

"He was well-loved by everybody," he said. "He would bring happiness to everybody he met. He was just a super, super good man."