WHITE CITY, Ore. – A Central Point man who died in a motorcycle crash is being honored at a place that is not only special to him but to dozens of his family members.
Billy Hammon has been a racer for eight years and he often competed at the Southern Oregon Speedway.
“He was known out there for being a really good racer. With all of his friends, he grew up with people in high school who go out there and they race too,” said Billy’s brother, David Hammon.
Southern Oregon Speedway asked Billy’s family if it could hold a special tribute for him. David says Billy was set to race Wednesday. Instead, his uncle will take his place and race for him.
Saturday afternoon, Oregon State Police troopers say he was on a motorcycle when he didn’t stop at a stop sign and collided with a horse trailer. But David says another rider next to Billy says he attempted to stop. But says Billy lost traction on the gravel and then, crashed into the trailer. David was the first family member to arrive on scene.
“I was 5 minutes away. So, I had to do all of the dirty work like that and I want to say it was probably one of the hardest things I had to do. Of course no one wants to see a family member like that,” said David.
But David says though his brother is gone, his memory lives on through the race track.
“He’s got a lot of support behind with fans in the stands and also his fellow racers,” said David.