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Family calls for helmet law after fatal motorcycle crash

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Hundreds gather to remember Stacy Cooper at the site where she crashed her motorcycle in Pueblo. (KOAA) Hundreds gather to remember Stacy Cooper at the site where she crashed her motorcycle in Pueblo. (KOAA)
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The motorcyclist injured while trying to avoid hitting a truck earlier this month in Pueblo has died.

On Friday, family and friends of 34-year-old Stacy Cooper gathered for a vigil at the crash site to pay tribute to her and send a message to lawmakers.

Cooper's heartbroken family believes this death could have been prevented if she was wearing a helmet.

Although it's too late to bring her back, they say it isn't too late to save other bikers across the state.

"I know that she wasn't wearing her helmet, that she would be here," Evelynn Cooper, Stacy's sister-in-law said.

Cooper was 34 when she laid out her motorcycle while dodging a truck.

"It's a catastrophic loss in our lives, the biggest loss I've ever faced in my life, it's the person I spent everyday with," Evelynn said.

Cooper wasn't wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and suffered a serious head injury, she spent two weeks in the ICU but died in the hospital on Thanksgiving with her father Gary by her side.

"She was a great life, a great person on this earth and she's here for a reason and hopefully it's stop this again," Gary Cooper, Stacy's father said.

A day later, with candles held high, hundreds gathered to pay tribute to the woman who brightened up their lives.

"She could make anybody smile, anybody who came into the bar or her salon, if they were feeling down, she would make them feel beautiful or she would say hey you're too pretty to be crying or she would make them feel like they were part of the family and that's what kept people coming back for her," Evelynn said.

Her family wants you to know, what she did, or rather, what she was missing wasn't illegal.

Even though helmets are proven to save lives, according to state law, bikers 18 and up are not required to wear them.

It's a law that Colorado has gone without for four decades.

"We have to wear a seat belt but it's senseless that they don't have to wear a helmet," Gary said.

That's why Cooper's family is now calling on lawmakers to bring helmet laws back to Colorado.

"A lot of people at my bar are riders and they might not like what I'm saying but I don't care, they're stubborn just like she was and I don't want to see anyone go through this again," he said.

Hoping to prevent any more families from feeling this grief.

"She's here for a reason and I hope the reason is to save other people's lives," he said.

The family has not spoken with any lawmakers just yet but hope Stacy's tragic death will at least start the conversation.

To learn more about the Stacy's Law initiative, click here.

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