Mom dies after crashing motorcycle during ride for crash victim son

‘Speeding’ mother, 51, is killed ‘while trying to avoid a horse’ on commemorative motorcycle ride for son, 23, who died in separate bike crash last month

  • Diane Everett, 51, of Milliken, lost control of her motorcycle on a left-hand curve and crashed into a ditch near Loveland on Saturday
  • The motorcycle struck a drainage pipe before Everett, who was wearing a helmet, was ejected from the vehicle
  • Excessive speed is believed to be a factor in the crash
  • There was also an unconfirmed report about a horse potentially being involved in the crash
  • The memorial was headed to the town where her son died in a crash on April 5 
  • Diane Everett was riding one of the motorcycles belonging to Michael Everett Jr., 23, a 2012 Honda CBR, when she crashed

A grieving mom died after swerving her speeding motorbike to avoid a horse during a commemorative ride for her son who died in a separate crash last month, it was claimed.

Diane Everett, 51, of Milliken, lost control of the Honda CRB motorcycle on a left-hand curve and crashed into a ditch near Loveland in Colorado on Saturday, The Fort Collins Coloradoan reported.

The motorcycle – which belonged to Everett’s late son Micheal – struck a drainage pipe before the mom, who was wearing a helmet, was ejected from the vehicle. 

Excessive speed is believed to be a factor in the crash, according to the state patrol. Stepdaughter Amanda Everett said Everett had swerved to avoid a horse in the road, although investigators have yet to confirm this. 


Diane Everett, 51 (left), of Milliken, lost control of her motorcycle on a left-hand curve and crashed into a ditch near Loveland on Saturday. Her son, Micheal, right, died in a separate motorcycle crash last month

Pictured: Michael Everett Jr. on his motorcycle in a Facebook picture from 2017

Colorado State Patrol received a call about the crash around 12:30pm in the afternoon. 

The crash left Everett in critical condition. She was rushed to the UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies, where she was later pronounced dead. 

‘I think she was fighting at the scene to stay alive, but at the same time I don’t think she wanted to come back but instead felt my little brother’s spirit and chose to be with him,’ said Joshua Everett, Diane Everett’s stepson.

The motorcycle Diane was riding struck a drainage pipe before Everett, who was wearing a helmet, was ejected from the vehicle

Micheal Everett Jr. died April 5. The weekend’s memorial ride was meant to commemorate him

Joshua added, ‘Our mother was hurting after Micheal died, and we knew she was hurting but she was so courageous that she didn’t let on she was hurting. I know my mom is happy and in a better place, no longer in pain.’ 

He and his sister, Amanda, were taking part in the memorial ride with more than 80 other bikers when they came upon the crash.

‘As we were getting closer, I could see bike parts, and I think we both knew what happened,’ Joshua Everett said. ‘All I could think of was, ‘Not again. I can’t lose two of them.’

Friends of the Everett siblings warned them not to get too close to the scene. 

Amanda stated that she saw a horse jump out at the motorcyclists, which may have caused Diane to swerve and crash. 

According to KDVR, Diane’s husband also corroborated the story about the horse jumping out and spooking his wife. 

The group was headed to Carter Lake, then to Horsetooth Reservoir for a memorial gathering at 23-year-old Micheal Everett Jr.’s favorite spot. They were then going to ride to nearby Berthoud, where he died April 5.

Diane Everett was riding one of Micheal Everett Jr.’s motorcycles, a 2012 Honda CBR, when she crashed.


Speed is believed to have played a role in Diane’s (left) crash. Micheal Everett Jr. pictured right

A GoFundMe to raise money for Diane’s memorial expenses has raised over $12,000

‘Our mother was one hell of a mother who wore her emotions on her sleeve,’ Joshua stated. ‘Right now we are trying to be strong for my dad, who is hurting. We are trying to be as strong as I know our mother would be.’

Diane’s daughter-in-law, Jessica, started a GoFundMe to raise money for memorial expenses. As of Thursday morning, she has raised over $12,000. 

‘While I am happy they are together again, we are left picking up the pieces,’ Jessica said of Micheal and Diane’s deaths. ‘Words cannot describe what we are going through.’

Diane’s crash was the second fatal motorcycle accident in Larimer County in 2021. 

A Facebook post from Amanda Everett giving details about the memorial bike ride

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