MADISON — Randy Schmidt and hundreds of his motorcycle-riding friends want to make sure Phillip Thiessen is remembered for how he lived — and for how he died.
Wisconsin’s mainstream certainly hasn’t shown much interest in the murder of the Marine and long-time law enforcement agent, killed, according to the criminal complaint, by a Trump-hating man with a poisoned idea of Harley riders.
Schmidt is one of the organizers of the Benefit Ride for Thiessen, set for 10 a.m. at the American Legion Foxhole Bar in Fond du Lac. Kickstands up, as they say, at 11 a.m. for a 50-mile ride, including a slow ride past the accident scene.
The riders know the crash that killed Thiessen was no accident, though.
“We want to give a show of support and a lot of attention to what happened,” said Schmidt, who lives in Grafton.
As Jake Curtis reported this week in National Review, Daniel Navarro, 27, is accused of swerving his pickup truck head-on into Thiessen on July 3 as he rode his Harley in the town of Taycheedah.
“Navarro does not appear to have known Thiessen. However, on seeing Thiessen, he allegedly intentionally swerved his truck head-on into the Harley-Davidson carrying