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Family of man killed in motorcycle crash has message for other bikers

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Mareo Estrello, 41, died in a motorcycle crash on Sunday. Mareo Estrello, 41, died in a motorcycle crash on Sunday.
MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) -

Speed and alcohol proved to be a deadly combination in Murfreesboro when a motorcycle rider crashed. The man's family is now reaching out to other bike riders, hoping to prevent another tragedy.

Mareo Estrello, 41, loved the open road.

"My son loved to ride, and that's all he lived for was riding," said his mother, LaDonna Lucas.

And if he had to die, he wouldn't have had it any other way.

"He always told me if he passed on, that's the way he wanted to go," Lucas said.

Mareo Estrello went on one final bike ride around 11:30 p.m. Sunday when he lost control and crashed on Halls Hill Pike in Murfreesboro.

"He flew 30 feet, and it instantly killed him," his mother said.

"It's like a loop that goes up, goes down, up, and then there's a sharp turn, and he didn't see that sharp turn and hit it," said the victim's oldest son, Matt Estrello.

The stretch of road is dangerous in itself, and adding drinking and speeding to that - authorities said he had done both - made for a deadly combination.

"The one that was riding with him, his name is T.G. He told me he was going past at least 120 mph, and he couldn't keep up with him," Matt Estrello said.

Family members have a message for other bikers.

"Not to drink and ride, and stay safe," Matt Estrello said.

"Please, anyone out there with a motorcycle please be careful," Lucas said. "It happens in an instant."

Mareo Estrello was a single father of three boys; the oldest is 19 years old and the youngest is 4 years old.

Family members said he didn't have any insurance, and now his mother is forced to take care of his three sons. It's something she says will be a struggle.

"We are struggling to pay expenses, and I work paycheck to paycheck," she said. "I have these three boys to take care of now."

Mareo Estrello was a mechanic who often taught neighborhood children how to work on vehicles.

Friends have donated an old motorcycle for the family to sell as scrap or fix up and sell to help pay for the funeral and living expenses for the boys.

"We are all broke, so we are trying to do a fundraiser," Matt Estrello said.

Mareo Estrello also has a daughter who lives in California. She has set up a GoFundMe account to help out the family. Click here for information on how to donate.

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