A motorcyclist injured in a late-night Saturday crash with a car in Bettendorf died Sunday from head trauma, and some of his organs were harvested, according to his family and friends.
Casey Hitchcock, 40, of Davenport, was pronounced dead at 7:11 p.m. Sunday at University Hospitals, Iowa City, his employer, TRACO Fire Protection LLC of Milan, confirmed.
Jennifer Reagan, director of operations at TRACO Fire Protection, along with a large group of his family and friends, visited Hitchcock on Sunday in the hospital's Surgical and Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit.
"He was very loved in the community," Reagan said Monday of her employee of four years. "I think it's important people know that he was an organ donor."
As of Monday evening, the Bettendorf Police Department had not identified the motorcyclist nor confirmed his death but continues to investigate.
Hitchcock was known as "Shrek" among members of his Davenport-based motorcycle club, Broken Spokes. He was a founding member of the charity-based organization in 2011.
Paul “Fozzy” Fosdyck, president of Broken Spokes, called Hitchcock his best friend and brother. Every member of the Broken Spokes caravanned late Saturday to the hospital in Iowa City and remained there until Sunday evening.
“Our brother was hurt,” Fosdyck said. “That’s what you do when a member of your family is hurt.”
He thinks Hitchcock was heading home or on his way to grab a bite somewhere when the crash happened. Fosdyck described his buddy as a big, burly and rough-around-the-edges guy with a heart of gold, a sentiment backed by Nancy Barton, owner of The Pour House in Davenport.
Hitchcock, “who didn’t have an enemy,” frequented the neighborhood pub on Locust Street in Davenport, Barton said.
“Five minutes into knowing this guy (Hitchcock) you’d figure out real fast his looks were very deceiving,” Fosdyck said. “He’s just a big teddy bear.”
Hitchcock was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, police said, which has made Fosdyck wonder: “What if he would’ve been wearing one? Would he have survived with bumps and bruises and road rash?”
Earlier Monday, TRACO Fire Protection released the following statement on its Facebook page:
"It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our Labor Superintendent, Casey Hitchcock. Casey was a vital part of Traco Fire Protection and worked tirelessly toward its success. He was respected in the sprinkler business and a favorite for many of our customers. Casey loved only one thing more than his motorcycles ... his wife and two children. Our deepest condolences to his family and his friends at this very difficult time."
Grant Sims, owner of Monster Sewing in Moline, also mourned the loss of Hitchcock on his business' Facebook page. Sims, reached by phone Monday, said he provides custom patches and other items for several of the motorcycle clubs in the area, including Broken Spokes.
"He (Hitchcock) was a hell of a guy," Sims said. "He was always in a good mood, and he was always there to help you out; it's just a shame that he's gone."
Police say the crash happened about 10:20 p.m. Saturday on River Drive, when a westbound 2016 Harley Davidson FLHX Street Glide struck the left rear bumper area of a 2008 Chevy Cobalt driven by a 24-year-old Davenport man.
The motorcyclist lost control, his bike slid on its left side and he was thrown. The driver and his motorcycle landed in the eastbound lanes near the intersection of 4th Street and River Drive. A Medic EMS crew lifted him onto a stretcher about 10:30 p.m. and took him to Genesis Medical Center-East Rusholme Street, Davenport. He eventually was transported to University Hospitals, Iowa City.
The driver of the Chevy Cobalt, who has not been identified, did not suffer any injuries, police said.
The Broken Spokes' latest Facebook post about Hitchcock includes the following message:
"Please give the family their privacy and their time to grieve. We will keep you posted on the arrangements for his services."
The Sunday post since has been shared more than 165 times.