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Families grieve for couple involved in fatal motorcycle crash in Anderson Co.

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The Lusk Family. (Source: GoFundMe) The Lusk Family. (Source: GoFundMe)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Two Upstate families are grieving for a couple involved in fatal motorcycle crash in Anderson County.

Kenneth Duane Lusk, known as Duane, and his wife Melissa were involved in a motorcycle accident near Interstate-85 on Sunday afternoon, an accident that Duane Lusk did not survive.

Investigators said a car pulled out in front of them and the couple swerved to avoid hitting the car and lost control. Neither Duane nor Melissa Lusk were wearing helmets at the time of the collision, the family said.

As a memorial service is planned for Duane Lusk, the families are asking for prayers for his wife who is in critical condition in the hospital.

Melissa’s sister Jodie Timms is hoping her prayers will be answered as she awaits her sister to recover.

“Right now it's pretty much in God’s hands,” Timms said. “It's in her hands to keep fighting. She's sedated and they're trying to get the swelling on her brain down."

Duane and Melissa have been married for about a year and her sister says they have been together for three years. The couple has six kids.

A family friend of the couple, Rodney Jones, said he’d never seen a happier couple.

“It was like a fairy tale really to be honest with you,” Jones said. “I've never seen a couple that was more happy than they were. They always had a smile on their face when they were together."

The family said they have little insurance to pay for Melissa Lusk’s medical costs and the cost to take care of the couple’s six kids.

Friends of the couple set up a GoFundMe to help with those expenses.

The GoFundMe can be found here.

“We're all in shock, just heartbroken,” Timms said. “But we still try to stay strong in our faith.”

A memorial service for Duane Lusk is planned for this Friday at 4 p.m. at Davenport Funeral Home on Highway 11 near Walhalla.

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