Family of hit-and-run victim speaks out

By: Lauren Fabrizi
lfabrizi@klkntv.com

The family of hit-and-run victim Gabe Wilken gathered at Frontier Harley-Davidson Sunday afternoon to remember his life.

“He was the kind of man that every man wanted their son to grow up to be,” Gabe’s long-time friend and soul mate, Carla Baier-Krcmarik, said.

“I believe he packed 80 years of life into the 38 that he lived,” uncle Roger Morgan added.

Gabe, 38, was hit and killed while riding his motorcycle near N.W. 48th and I-80 on Jan. 16.  His body was located near N.W. 27th and W. O Street. He was headed home from work when it happened.

It’s something his parents, J.R. and Susie Wilken, and son, Dalton, play over in their minds everyday. 

“I just can’t make myself come to terms with what they did and how they can live with themselves,” Gabe’s parents said. “They drug our son over two miles under a vehicle.”

Those involved are still out there. Deputies continue to search for a white pick-up with smaller tires and dark-colored van they believe may be tied to the crash.

More than anything, Gabe’s family wants the person or people responsible to come forward. While they don’t know if it’ll bring full closure, they do know Gabe’s legacy will live on.

“He’ll be riding with everyone from here on out,” his mom said.

That was proven Friday as hundreds of bikers paid their respects in a procession from Frontier Harley-Davidson where Gabe worked to his memorial service.

As Dalton remembered the memories he shared with his dad, he fought back tears as he told him one final message:

“I love you, dad,” he said. “I miss you.”

If you have any information, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 441–6500.