By Nikki Gaskins
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A local veteran has left one final mark on the community he left behind following a deadly motorcycle crash on Monday.
Scott Arrington, 44, of Goose Creek died when his motorcycle collided with an 18-wheeler on April 9th in North Charleston. His fiancé of thirteen years is warning others to be observant when sharing the road with those who ride on two wheels.
"He always told us, if I die, I don't want you to mourn me. I want you to celebrate my life,'" said Pena Ernst. The couple had planned to get married next year and honeymoon in Hawaii.
On Monday, the biker group known as the 'Warhorse Brotherhood' presented staff at Veteran Villas with a $5,000 check to help homeless vets.
"He was not only great to us. He was great to a lot of people. He was a mentor for a lot of people," said Ernst.
Scott died after a semi collided with his motorcycle at Remount Road near Virginia Avenue. The driver of the semi, Louis Hunter Junior of Georgia, was charged with reckless homicide.
"I went to the bond hearing. I didn't see any remorse in his eyes. He didn't say he was sorry or anything," said Ernst.
"Had he said sorry or just some kind of remorse in his eyes that would have been all my family needed," she said.
With Scott's sudden passing, Ernst now hopes others can learn from her family's tragedy.
"People need to just have a little bit more compassion for life rather than always being in a rush," said Ernst. "Gas prices are getting expensive and a lot more people are going to be on a bike."
Known as someone who loved life, riding bikes, surfing, and helping others--those close to Scott say he always put others before himself.
"We called him ‘the partier' because he wanted to make sure everyone was always smiling," said Ernst.
Scott served in the United States Navy during Desert Storm.