Motorcycle crash involving Muskegon group, Taycheedah, Wisc. (Courtesy: Patrick Flood/The Reporter, Fond du Lac, Wis.)
Family and friends hug Rick VanDam as he is released from Mary Free Bed. (September 5, 2012)
GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - All of the Muskegon Motorcycle Gang riders injured in a Wisconsin crash are now out of the hospital, recuperating at home.
The last of the survivors still hospitalized, Eric Van Dam, 52, finally left Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Wednesday.
"I'm ready to go home," he said. "Very ready."
Van Dam and 11 other Muskegon Motorcycle Gang members were riding through Wisconsin on May 31 to the Mackinac Bridge. Near Fond du Lac, a car veered into their lane and mowed down the motorcycles.
Two riders were killed. Van Dam and several others were critically injured.
"I don't remember the accident," says Van Dam.
A crowd of his motorcycle riding friends were waiting outside when Van Dam was wheeled out of Mary Free Bed, there to escort him home.
"Make sure he gets home alright, that's exactly why I came," explained Norman Slade. "It's just a happy feeling to see him moving again."
"It's nice knowing you got that kind of support out there and these people would do anything to help you out," says Van Dam.
Clinton Lovelace, 25, the man who police say drove into the formation of motorcycles, is due in court Thursday for a competency hearing. Charges against him include two counts of vehicular homicide with a controlled substance. Police say drugs were in his system at the time of the crash.
"I don't want to talk about that," says Van Dam. "He's waiting to go to trial. He is going away."
Moving forward, Van Dam says he is eager to get an artificial leg and return to work.
"And become normal again," he says.