‘Sister in the Wind’: The victim of Sunday’s motorcycle accident was beloved in the biker community

‘Sister in the Wind’: The victim of Sunday’s motorcycle accident was beloved in the biker community


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Michelle Bowman, who lost her life Sunday evening in a motorcycle accident, was loved by her family and the local biker community.

“She was my world,” her mother, Sarah Kimmel, said Monday afternoon. “She was my sunshine. She had the most loving, outgoing personality, and the biggest smile.


Kimmel, who felt numb and shocked by the turn of events, said she did not know her daughter was in the hospital until she noticed she received a phone call from a relative.

She is now trying to find out the details of the accident that occurred around 5:30 pm on Schwartz Road where it connects to Notestine Road.

“There were a lot of conflicting stories. She was riding and doing good. ‘She put her foot down, lost control of the bike and left the road,'” Kimmel said others in her daughter’s riding group told her.

Allen County Sheriff’s investigators said Bowman was ejected from the vehicle while the bike continued down the road until it stopped.

The Allen County coroner confirmed Bowman’s identity on Tuesday and determined she died of multiple blunt force injuries. The incident was ruled an accident.

Immediately after the accident, Kimmel, a retired nurse, said her daughter “was talking, and she passed out at EMS. She had a pulse the whole way, but when she got to the hospital she no longer had one.

Kimmel and the rest of the family are now making funeral arrangements for the 51-year-old nursing student who leaves behind two children, two siblings and numerous friends and family.

Billy Wetzel Jr., a supporter of the Outlaws biker group, said Kimmel was a huge ray of sunshine, and someone who was never angry.

“She lights up the room when she walks in,” Wetzel said Monday.

Wheels N Wind, a community biker group, announced there will be a memorial ride for Bowman in the future.

“The world lost an amazing person yesterday,” the Wheels N Wind post read. “Michelle Bowman, you were loved and will be missed by so many people! You always put a smile on your face and brought joy to everyone around you. It hurts to leave your sister in the lurch but we know you’re still riding strong and riding free in a different place now. Until we meet again.”

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