On Sunday morning, June 22, 2003, Sherri Glover was enjoying a motorcycle ride along one of her favorite routes from Nashville through rural Williamson County near the Natchez Trace. She was struck and killed by a driver whose blood alcohol content was 0.36% according to a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) crime lab report. Currently, the legal limit is 0.08%. The other driver had two prior DUIs and was arrested for vehicular homicide, DUI, and violation of the state open container law.
Often, Sherri invited a small group of friends to come along, but on June 22 she was riding alone. It was a beautiful sunny day with perfect riding weather. Sherri talked about why she enjoyed motorcycle riding, "There's a lot of tranquility being by yourself. You enjoy the scenery. You smell the Honeysuckle, the fresh-turned earth, the barbecue. You go through warm pockets of air, cold pockets of air. ... It's something you have for yourself." (Front-page article in the The Tennessean, Williamson A.M., May 1998)
At 10:31 a.m., Sherri was approaching the top of a hill when the tranquility abruptly ended with a tragic and horrific crash. According to an eyewitness, a pickup truck cresting the hill "crossed the centerline and hit her head-on. ... She died instantly." The truck then pushed the motorcycle an estimated 75 yards until the truck tipped over the road embankment.
Sherri was an experienced motorcycle rider who had been riding for 13 years. In 1996, she became a certified Motorcycle Rider Instructor licensed by the State of Tennessee. Subsequently she taught motorcycle safety classes to over 100 people at Nashville State Tech as part of the Tennessee Rider Instruction Program Inc.
As a member of the Road Angels, Sherri took part in the Pony Express Tour that helped raise money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. She volunteered regularly for many charitable events. Sherri was scheduled to participate in the Tour de Trace the following Saturday, June 28, to raise money for the Our House residential treatment program for at-risk youth.