Witnesses think Dorry had a heart attack behind the wheel, causing him to swerve up on the sidewalk, and crash right in front of the 76 gas station on Main Street in Springfield. Friends and neighbors say they still can’t believe he’s gone.
“He was on his way home, he was just on his way home,” said 76 gas station attendant, James Wichert.
Friends say Don Dorry was just ten blocks from his house when he crashed his 1987 El Camino out in front of the Main Street 76. James Wichert and his co-workers say they’ve pumped Dorry’s gas for years, so they’re used to seeing him at the station, but they never wanted to see him like they did last night.
“All of a sudden, I just hear a pop, he jumped the curb, and we immediately look and I just see him hunched over, like no ones driving,” said Wichert.
That’s when Cayce Talder rushed over from his shop across the street.
“I ran over and I tried to talk to him because he was hunched over in the car,” said Talder.
Dorry wasn’t just a regular at the 76, he frequented Talder’s shop, too. Talder sold Dorry the El Camino he was driving, and his motorcycle. Talder says he couldn’t believe he was watching his friend of 25 years pass away right in front of him.
“The Fire Department and the paramedics, by the time they got there, it was kind of a little late,” said Talder.
Paramedics took Dorry to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Friends say even though he’s gone, his memory will live on.
“I don’t know of anybody that’s got a bad thing to say about Don. I’ve had calls from the coast already, people just wanting to know what happened and what’s going on, the hot rod community, the clean and sober biker community, everybody, ya know my phone’s been going off all morning because of this stuff,” said Talder.
Talder says they’re not the conversations he wants to have, but he wants to do his best to honor Don.
“He was one of those down to earth, quiet, but justa good person. Ya know, and now everytime I see a black harley with white walls, I’m gonna think of Don Dorry,” said Talder.