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'Ride for Riner' draws hundreds

Posted at 6:49 PM, Mar 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-28 06:14:00-04
NAPLES, Fla. - You may have seen them cruising around Collier County Saturday.  Hundreds of bikers riding in honor of James Cecil Riner.
 
"You couldn't not like Cecil. He was just a great guy, he had an infectious smile, and he would do anything for anybody," said Stephanie Earnhart.
 
Earnhart worked with Riner at the Lowes on Collier Boulevard.  He was the general manager there before he was killed by a drunk driver December 12th.
 
"It was the most horrible thing that could every happen to us, and the fact that it happened by the hands of a drunk driver makes absolutely sick," said Cecil's wife, Jessica.
 
The procession passed a roadside memorial for Riner at the intersection of 27th Street Northwest and Golden Gate Boulevard.
 
"It's still a big issue, people think they can drink more than they can and then get behind the wheel of a car," said the Director of Southwest Florida Mother's Against Drunk Driving Lori Burke.
 
Riner, a father of 4, was a big presence in the community, whether he was volunteering for a cause or riding his ATV.
 
"I could not take that man anywhere without him knowing somebody, in an airport out of state, out of the country, he found people he knew, he is definitely sorely missed," said Jessica.
 
All proceeds from Saturday's event go the Riner Family.
 
40-year-old Rene Miles is charged with DUI manslaughter and leaving the scene.  Miles pre-trial hearing is set for June 3rd.