Motorcyclist killed while waiting at a light

Posted on Sep 06, 2016

Gregory P. Erenberger, 59, was killed when his motorcycle was struck on Friday, August 5th at around 10:47 p.m. Erenberger was stopped at a light at the overpass of Interstate 380 at Wright Brothers Boulevard. A 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass, driven by Taylor Latare, 25, of Cedar Rapids, struck Erenberger from behind. The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports the following:

“Police determined Erenberger was stopped at the traffic light on the east side of the Interstate 380 overpass on Wright Brothers Boulevard, facing west, when he was hit from behind by a 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass driven by 25-year-old Taylor J. Latare, of Cedar Rapids. As a result of the investigation, Latare was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.”

His obituary indicated he liked to hunt, was born in Cedar Rapids, attended and graduated from Prairie High School in 1974. He then graduated from Upper Iowa University in 1978.

Obituary further provides: “He was united in marriage to Debbie Burt in 1979. Greg was the founder and CEO of Edge Asset Management, Cedar Rapids, a fee-only financial investment firm. He was a respected member of the Prairie Foundation since 2001. Greg enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and was an avid motorcycle rider. He is remembered by others as being dedicated to his family and friends, a hard worker and a humble man."

Life can be so fleeting. This guy does just about everything right in life. Studies hard, graduates, starts a company and is a solid member of his community. He’s sitting at a light minding his own business and gets struck from behind and killed at only 59 years-of-age. Got to live life as if tomorrow might be it.

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Steve Lombardi
Iowa personal injury, workers' compensation, motorcycle, quadriplegic, paraplegic, brain injury, death