Hundreds of motorcyclists raise money for drowning victims

FRANKLIN (WISH) — The Franklin community is coming together in a big way to support families impacted by the tragedy in the Big Blue River that took two teenage boys’ lives, and left one girl fighting for her life.

In Franklin, you’ll still find blue and white ribbons decorating the city in memory of the teens. But on Sunday, you didn’t just see the solidarity, you could hear it.

More than 200 motorcyclists roared through Johnson County with their blue ribbons waving. They started at Franklin Community High School and ended at Time Out Bar & Grill, where organizers set up a party to raise money for the Moran, McLevish and Chadbourne families. Jason Moran and Michael Chadbourne died trying to save Sarah McLevish from the Big Blue River. McLevish is still in the hospital.

The motorcyclists stopped at the dam where the tragic accident happened and honored the teens with a moment of silence. After the ride, they celebrated Franklin’s strength with food, drinks and music. The goal was to raise $15,000 for the families.

“This community, the Franklin community, all the way from Whiteland to Columbus to everywhere else, has all pulled together this week and today as you see,” said organizer Christina Snow.

Organizers say they are already planning another ride in October, specifically for McLevish’s medical expenses. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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