Hockey community rallies around family of motorcyclist who died in Raleigh crash

The bike was lying on the pavement after the crash.

A motorcyclist who died after a crash in Raleigh on Monday was a member of the Junior Hurricanes hockey club.

It happened about 2:30 p.m. at Old Wake Forest Road and Triangle Town Boulevard.

Police said 19-year-old Justin Alwayn Henley lost control of his 2002 Honda and hit a Ford sedan driven by Michael James McAuliffe, 70.

Henley passed away after being taken to WakeMed. McAuliffe was not injured.

No charges are expected to be filed.

A statement on the Junior Hurricanes youth hockey website read, in part:

It is with great sadness that we share this information, Steve and Judy Henley's 19 year old son Justin passed away yesterday afternoon. We as a hockey community should celebrate the life and mourn the passing of Justin Henley who lost his life too soon after his motorcycle collided in traffic on Monday afternoon. What most of us cannot even fathom as parents (and our greatest fear) is now reality for the Henleys.

The Henleys as a family (and through Steve) have put countless years of service and passion into this community and the Triangle hockey programs. It's time to show our love and support for them in this overwhelming time of grief. The hockey family has always been a tight community for each other, and never has there been a more needed time to demonstrate this than now.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help Henley's family with funeral and other expenses associated with the fatal accident. If you'd like to help, please click here.

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