Posted: Oct 2, 2013 2:38 PM by Melissa Anderson - MTN News
Updated: Oct 2, 2013 2:39 PM
HELENA - Benjamin Homan, who died last week after being hit by a car driven by an alleged drunk driver on North Montana Avenue, was laid to rest on Tuesday.
"Ben was a really nice young man. Bright smile, lots of charisma, loved by everybody," said Ben's friend Gina Satterfield.
Brimming with laughter and a stranger to no one, Homan drew together family members and friends in remembrance of his fun loving character.
"When Ben was learning to play the drums, he lived at my house," remembered Jolene Dobyns.
But Ben's 29-year life tragically ended the evening of Sept. 25, when his bicycle was struck from behind, by a man who reportedly chose to drink and drive.
A reconstruction of the crash shows the car driven by Joel Brett Powers, 49, of Helena did not brake or swerve to miss him.
"There's no signs of braking, no signs of any evasive maneuvers to avoid the bicycle," explained Montana Highway Patrol Sgt. Jay Nelson.
Homan's bike was adorned with safety gear and reflectors and he was wearing a helmet - but it wasn't enough to save his life.
"It did not save his life but it probably lessened his injuries by having it on...but the way that he was struck by the vehicle, those injuries were fatal" said Lewis & Clark County Coroner Mickey Nelson.
While Homan was riding his bike due to a past history of DUI's himself, all indications show he was trying to do the right thing.
"The community in general has to take drunk driving and impaired driving serious. And we have to look at every different avenue and all be responsible before we get behind the wheel," said Sgt. Nelson.