Motorcycle rally honors the memory of young man with ‘the biggest heart’

Jennifer Redmond, left, comforts her daughter, Alex Redmond, during a gathering of friends in remembrance of her boyfriend, Nicholas Jacobson, the motorcyclist who died in an accident Thursday.

Two days after she was injured and her boyfriend died in a motorcycle crash, 18-year-old Alex Redmond donned a helmet and climbed onto a motorcycle headed for the scene of the accident.

Redmond was the passenger, and her boyfriend, Nicholas Jacobson, 26, was driving his Honda motorcycle Thursday evening when the two were hit by a sport utility vehicle. Jacobson was trying to turn left from North Avenue onto the Interstate 70 Business Loop when he and Redmond were thrown from the motorcycle on impact, according to Redmond.

“He was on the ground, and I didn’t know if he was OK,” Redmond said Saturday night, cradling a sling that holds her broken lower arm, which will have plates and screws in it from now on because of the accident.

Redmond and more than three-dozen motorcyclists, all friends who rode with Jacobson, rode Saturday night from the corner of 10th Street and North Avenue to scene of the crash, where friends and family placed roses in Jacobson’s memory. Friends wore white and yellow bandanas around their arms to mark the occasion and attached stickers to their bikes that read, “R.I.P. Nic.”

It was a fitting tribute for the man who loved motorcycles, said his friend of 19 years, Alicia Perry.

“He loved it. That’s all he did,” Perry said of Jacobson’s passion for motorcycles.

He was also passionate about safety. Perry said her friend never went on his bike without a helmet, including the night he died.

It was because of his safety-conscious nature that Redmond’s mother, Jennifer Redmond, couldn’t believe at first that Jacobson had passed away.

“We waited until 4 in the morning to see him ride by and say, ‘Psych,’ ” Jennifer Redmond said.

She said Jacobson “had the biggest heart” and made friends with everyone. When she met him, he was living on Orchard Mesa and taking care of three children who belonged to a couple he was friends with. The couple had been deployed with the military.

“That’s just how he was,” Jennifer Redmond said.

Jacobson attended Grand Junction High School and played in the school marching band and the drum line, Perry said. He was born in Wyoming but spent most of his life living in Grand Junction.


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