Woman Charged with Killing Patriot Guard Rider

Amanda McClure, 23, of Palm City, has been arrested and is facing charges of homicide-vehicular manslaughter while driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in this crash. She is expected to make her first appearance before a judge this morning.

As a volunteer for the Florida Patriot Guard, John Henry Regan of Coral Springs took pride in riding his Harley Davidson to help provide road escorts for war veterans.

Regan was on his way to Stuart early Saturday to join other Patriot Guard riders in an escort for World War II veterans back to Palm Beach International Airport, where the vets would take an Honor Flight to Washington.

Regan, 58, never made it. He was riding north on Interstate 95 near Donald Ross Road just before 3 a.m. Saturday when his motorcycle was struck from behind by a 2010 Lexus ES 350, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Regan was ejected from his motorcycle, and both he and the motorcycle landed in the grass median at the center of the highway, according to the FHP's accident report.

Regan was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, but died of his injuries. Upon impact, the Lexus spun out of control and hit a guardrail on the roadway.

All three people in the Lexus -- the driver, Amanda McClure, 23, and passengers Sydnee Reeder, 23, and Cyrus Krefting, 30 -- suffered minor injuries. All three were wearing seat belts, the FHP said. The car sustained $15,000 in damage.

Troopers still are investigating the cause of the crash and whether alcohol played a role in it.

Arthur Rogers, a Patriot Guard member from Palm Beach Gardens and a friend of Regan's, was the first to hear about the accident.

"The family, when they recovered his phone, my name was prominently displayed there. They called me first,'' Rogers said. "I spoke initially to his wife. She was too distraught, then I talked to family friend who gave me the details.''

Rogers said he knew Regan, who went by "Jack," well enough "to know he would never get on a bike with anything less than absolute sober conditions.''

Rogers said he has participated with Regan on Patriot Guard missions such as homecomings for soldiers returning from Iraq to funerals for veterans. Regan was also instrumental in raising service dogs that are given to help returning veterans cope with stress.

Rogers said the accident cast a pall over what usually is a festive day. But despite their grief, he and other Patriot Guard members waited for the one-day Honor Flight to return from Washington so they could escort the buses back to Stuart.

"We've got a very happy occasion here tempered with the loss of one of our own. Not a good day,'' Rogers said.

Patriot Guard riders have "road names.'' Rogers' is "Wingman." "Jack's road name was 'Angel,' " Rogers said. "There's an irony there.''

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