SAN DIEGO — Friends and family are mourning the loss of 21-year-old Marine Logan Parkhurst this week, after his death in a highway motorcycle crash on Friday.
Parkhurst, a New York native and Marine Lance Corporal E-3, was on his way to work at the time of the accident.
He was making his way southbound on Interstate 15 when he rear-ended a vehicle and was thrown from his bike, then struck by two other vehicles on Feb. 16, California Highway Patrol confirmed.
Nearby drivers and then paramedics tried to save Parkhurst’s life before he was taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital, where he did not survive his injuries.
Parkhurst was living with his wife Victoria in San Diego while he was stationed here.
“He was my absolute best friend and I’m going to be lost without him,” she told FOX 5.
Parkhurst’s family said they do not want people to remember him for this tragedy, but instead his life.
“He was the most caring person. He would put anyone before him,” Victoria said.
“I want people to remember that he was a friend to everyone and he’s a hero,” Clayton, Logan’s younger brother, added.
Parkhurst’s family said that he had always looked forward to joining the Marine Corps, and that he had been living the dream in San Diego, where he loved riding his motorcycle.
Family is holding on tight to photos and memories of him, but in their grief they are staying strong by leaning on each other and remembering what the young Marine taught them and that is to keep marching forward.
“He’d want me to keep going and not stop, so that’s what I’m going to do for him,” Victoria said.
Parkhurst’s family wants to thank all of the Marines and Good Samaritans who tried to help him after the accident. His widow said it brings her relief knowing he did not die alone.
A Go Fund Me page has been set up to support Parkhurst’s family. The Marine Corps will help “bring Logan home to New York,” the Go Fund Me reads, but “the family needs time to grieve without the everyday financial worries. Thank you in advance for your love and support.”
Parkhurst would have turned 22 this upcoming Friday.