TOWN OF ALBANY — A 23-year-old motorcyclist who died in a crash May 30 northeast of Albany leaves behind a fiancée, their young daughter and a son on the way.
Devin Quade Manley, Brodhead, died at the scene of the crash in rural Albany midday May 30.
His mother, Tamara Fuchs-Manley, said he was "truly a light in so many lives" and was always ready to help out a friend. She said he built some of his strongest friendships with coworkers at his job as an asphalt roller operator for Bartelt Enterprises in Albany.
His fiancée, Lexi Picard, is expecting their son, Jaxton, in late July and is also the mother of their daughter Delilah, she said.
The three-vehicle crash happened at the county line with Rock County at about 12:30 p.m. May 30, according to the Green County Sheriff's Office.
Manley was southbound on Wisconsin 104 on a Kawasaki motorcycle when he collided with the rear passenger side of a northbound 2000 Chevy Silverado pickup truck as it was beginning to turn left onto English Settlement Road.
The impact ejected Manley from the motorcycle. Upon being ejected, Manley and his motorcycle were both struck by a northbound 2014 Ford Edge traveling behind the Chevy Silverado.
The driver of the Ford Edge, 38-year-old Heather Adams of Brooklyn, reported no injuries at the scene.
The driver of the Chevy Silverado, 63-year-old Kevin Kienzle of Dyersville, Iowa, was also uninjured.
A Medflight helicopter responded to the scene for Manley but medics were unable to save him. Albany EMS, the Albany Fire Department and Evansville EMS were also dispatched to assist Green and Rock County deputies on scene.
A Wisconsin State Patrol accident reconstruction team was still investigating the crash as of June 1, said Chief Deputy Tom Moczynski. No charges or citations have been filed.
"As far as contributing factors, that's going to be pending investigation. I don't have anything at this time," Moczynski said. Deputies often rely on State Patrol specialists to reconstruct and study fatal accidents for a complete and precise understanding of the sequence of events during a crash.
In a post to Facebook, Fuchs-Manley thanked the police, firefighters and Medflight staff for everything they did to try to save her son, as well as passersby "that rendered aid and comforted our family during this difficult time."
Her older son, Devin's brother Austin Manley, died from complications of cerebral palsy during childhood.
"(We) will once again pick up the pieces of a broken heart and try to move forward," Fuchs-Manley said. "His sisters will forever have a hole in their hearts where the relationship with their brother was."
In the end, she said, Devin Manley lost his life doing something he had loved since he was 4 years old: riding a motorcycle.
"He will be missed by all his family, friends and coworkers. This will leave an emptiness and a void that will never be filled.
"Please watch for motorcycles, especially with limited sight, to save the life of someone like my son," she said.
A GoFundMe online fundraiser is set up for the family and a public visitation is planned for 2-7 p.m. Friday, June 5 at D. L. Newcomer Funeral Home in Brodhead.