Aug 27, 2015 12:21 PM

Fremont motorcyclist was on his way to AA when killed by alleged drunken driver

SOMERSWORTH — The motorcyclist killed by an alleged drunken driver earlier this week was a recovering alcoholic himself, his son said.

According to the Union Leader, Reed Hindle had been sober for the past four years when his life was cut short by a man accused of drinking and driving.

Logan Hindle said his father had struggled with alcohol for most of his life. “His whole life he had been a drinker and he finally had enough. It was now or never. He was either going to die behind alcohol or he was going to get better, and he was at a point where he was going to get better.".

Hindle, 61, was on his motorcycle heading to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting when police say he was struck by David Berry, 57, in a pickup truck.

Hindle died of his injuries. Berry was charged with drunken driving and negligent homicide.

On the day of the accident, Logan Hindle said his father had spent the day with his girlfriend and was in good spirits.

“He was at the best point in his entire life. He was the healthiest he had ever been,” his son said.

Rick Gerbrands, 41, of Nottingham, said many of those who attended the AA meetings with Hindle are now grieving together. A moment of silence was held at a meeting Tuesday night.

“He made a huge impact on a lot of lives. We were his family in New Hampshire,” he said.

Hindle’s friends and family hope his death sends a strong message about the dangers of drinking and driving.

“Stop the drunk driving. You can’t be any clearer than that. This doesn’t just affect their lives, it affects everybody else’s life as well. You never think anything like this will happen to you,” Logan Hindle said.


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