Johnny Denzel Davis, 35, of El Cajon, passed away on July 2nd from injuries sustained in a single- vehicle motorcycle crash on old Highway 94 on June 30th. He suffered head trauma and blunt force injuries to the torso and was taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital where he remained comatose. Denzel left behind so many friends and family members, but also his cherished 6 year old son, Dominic. San Diego Harley Davidson set up a memorial ride, food trucks, a live band, a DJ, bounce house, face painting and memorabilia with Denzel's name on it. All proceeds went to his son Dominic's college fund. The loss of his father although will never be replaced. Denzel was survived by his mother, and several siblings. As a prayer was read and a moment of silence was observed by over 200 bikers, it felt less like a congregation of strangers and more like a gathering of family.
Over 200 bikers turned out; cruisers, dual sports, and super sports alike. The memorial ride was all freeway, and we had some blockers for major interesections and freeway on-ramps so we could all stay in formation. Over the 805 freeway bridge was an American flag where members of his family and close friends posted to take video of all the bikers riding under. Under the flag, we all honked our horns, shouted, and revved our engines for Denzel.
A candlelit vigil was held on July 15th, anybody who was graced with meeting Denzel or wishing to show support were invited to hold vigil via candlelight near the Mission Bay Visitor's Center. They brought memories, posters, pictures, or just their support and held candles in Denzel's memory and spoke a few kind words about him.
It is never fun to hear a fellow motorcyclist has passed away, but bikers are a close comminuty and we watch out for one another. It reminds us that the sport we chose to partake in is a dangerous one, and we must always be thankful for life and the freedom to ride.