CLEARFIELD -- Kevin Fuit thought hard about never riding a motorcycle again.
Nearly killed when a driver hit him head on in Morgan 15 years ago, Fuit couldn't even go into his garage and look at his mangled bike after he got out of the hospital.
"I really thought about never riding again. But then I thought, 'If I stop riding, she wins the game,' " he said, referring to the 16 year-old girl who hit him after making a left turn into his lane. "I had to completely rebuild my bike and even after I had rebuilt it, it still took me about a year to get back on."
Fuit doesn't remember anything about the accident, his wife Leslie said.
"To this day he doesn't remember anything from about 30 minutes before it happened to 11 days after when he woke up from surgery," she said. "After he was hit, they thought he was dead."
Fuit and some of his friends were riding from the back roads in Morgan that day on July 25, 1998. Transported to McKay-Dee Hospital, doctors discovered a broken clavicle and 10 fractures in Fuit's skull.
"They had to take my ear off to put titanium plates in my skull," Fuit said. "I was in the hospital for about three weeks and it took me about a year to get back to normal. I don't know if I'll ever fully recover. I still have pain and I lost most of the hearing in my right ear. I also have short-term memory loss and attention deficit order from the accident."
The first time he got back on his bike, he rode it around the block.
"I wanted to just see if I could do it," he said. "It was pretty scary, to tell you the truth."
Over the years, Fuit continued to take short, simple trips on his bike.
"Over a period of eight or nine years I probably put about 500 miles on the bike," he said. "I was really hesitant. Even though I don't remember anything about the accident, the pictures I saw from the police records were frightening."
About a year ago, Leslie joined the Bikers for Bikers Foundation, a non-profit organization geared toward helping the neediest of injured or sick motorcyclists and their needy children. The group was founded by Mickey Carter of North Carolina, who was involved in a motorcycle accident himself. The Utah chapter was formed last December.
"I knew my husband wouldn't join with me because he was uncomfortable socializing and riding with other riders," Leslie said. "The more he got involved, the more interested he became. He started going to meetings with me and he eventually went on some short rides."
Fuit began riding more and more. On the 15-year anniversary of his accident, he was appointed road captain, leading the rides.
"Financial support is not all that Bikers for Bikers Foundation does. Moral support is also a big part of the healing process," said Leslie. "Kevin has come a long way. He bought another Harley. He's made some really great friends through the foundation and now he's the leader of the pack."
But he said he's very cautious.
"Every time I come up on a left turn signal I get tense and although I wasn't wearing a helmet that day, I wonder what the outcome of my accident would have been had I had one on," he said. "I don't think the law should enforce helmets, but I do think more awareness with motorcycles needs to be brought about."
Fuit has a bright yellow sign on the back of his motorcycle that reads, "Start seeing motorcycles." He said there are more motorcycles out there on the road than ever before and many of them are inexperienced drivers. He said it's important that everyone obey the traffic laws.
"We need as much of the lane as other drivers and they need to be aware and watch out for us," he said.