BROOKLYN — The 44-year-old biker who was killed while he was riding his motorcycle with his daughter on board was laid to rest at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery Monday, and his 11-year-old daughter was buried beside him.
Carl Sheard was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:10 p.m. April 14. His daughter, Anora Sheard, was later pronounced dead at a St. Louis hospital by the medical examiner's office.
The Illinois State Police Accident Reconstruction Team is investigating the accident. It normally takes six to eight weeks for all of the reports to be finished and a finding to be issued.
More than 100 bikers showed up at the accident scene Sunday afternoon at Illinois 3 in Brooklyn to pay their respects. The site is located near the new Mississippi River bridge and is often referred to as Dead Man's Curve, Brooklyn Police Chief Tony Tomlinson said.
Chris Smith, president of the Drifters Motorcycle Club, said Carl Sheard and his wife belonged to the club. It was founded in 2000 and Smith said Sheard had been a member for about five years.
Smith said it was not unusual for Anora to be with her dad because, "We are a family oriented club and we encourage families to spend time together," Smith said.
"His daughter was always with him when he was on the bike. We participate in a lot of youth activities and fund-raisers. She loved to ride with her dad and her mother," he said.
Smith said Sheard was a good guy and family man.
"He was always the life of the party. Everybody loved him everywhere he went. He was always welcoming and had no beefs with anybody. He will definitely be missed."
The identity of the 18-year-old East St. Louis woman who struck Sheard's motorcycle head-on is not being released, pending the outcome of the investigation. She was questioned by police and released until the Illinois State Police complete their investigation, Tomlinson said.