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American Legion Rider Down

Sep 27, 2014

My apologies for getting this information out late:

A Sons of the American Legion and American Legion Rider from Post 111, Dallas, Kenneth A. Tarczewski, Jr. age 55 of Dallas died Friday Sept. 19th, 2014. Survivors include wife Lynn Tarczewski, 1 daughter Jennifer Scranton, 1 son Kenneth Tarczewski III (Sarah), Mother; Marie Tarczewski. 4 grandchildren Alex, Aiden, Sophia, Emily. Mr. Tarczewski was a people person, would do anything for anybody, Loved his dog Axel and motorcycles. A memorial service will be held Monday, September 22nd, 2014, 2:00pm at Bellamy Chapel Hiram, 3551 Jimmy Lee Smith Parkway, Hiram, GA 30141.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to the American Legion Post 111. P.O. BOX 58 Dallas, GA 30132-0001 . Phone (770) 445-2759.

From the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

A Salem, Ala., woman will face vehicular homicide charges in the Friday morning death of a man riding a motorcycle. Kenneth Tarczewski was accompanied by his wife and two friends as they headed to part of this weekend's Georgia State HOG Rally. His wife said she feared the worst when his Harley-Davidson disappeared under a white minivan. "I laid my bike down to go and get to him," said Lynn Tarczewski. "My friend that was behind me, he laid his bike down. We knew it was bad." The accident happened after the motorist attempted to turn left at a red light. Her husband had just started moving through the intersection when the driver collided with him.

"We were both sitting at the green light coming out of the hotel," Lynn said. "We had to pull out onto Victory Drive to get into the right-hand lane. There were two cars in the turning lane and there was the lady that hit him. They stopped at the red light. She didn't." One of the riders accompanying the Tarczewski's ran to check on both his friend and the motorist seconds after the crash and said he saw the driver on a cell phone.

Tarczewski died of internal injuries at the Midtown Medical Center Emergency Room, accompanied by Lynn and their friends. Tarczewski was pronounced dead around 10:19 a.m. He will be transported to Atlanta for an autopsy.

Riding was a passion the Tarczewskis discovered later in their marriage. The two met in 10th grade and married four years later. Tarczewski is survived by two children — 34-year-old Jennifer and 32-year-old Kenny. He also had four grandchildren: 10-year-old Aiden, 10-year-old Alex, 4-year-old Emily and 3-year-old Sophia.

About five years ago, Tarczewski became interested in motorcycles. He taught his wife to ride two years later. The two have been riding together ever since, tackling challenges like the 11-mile long "Tail of the Dragon" segment of US 129 on the border of North Carolina and Tennessee, a popular route for motorcycle and sports car enthusiasts. "We went up there to conquer the Dragon's Tail," Lynn said. "That's the biggest thing we rode: 600 miles together."

Lynn described her husband as a funny, loving man who adored his Yorkshire Terrier, Axle.

"He's going to be missed by a lot of people," she said. "He'd do anything for anyone."