Louie Levett was on his way home from an August 27 bowling benefit at Country Lanes in Farmington Hills when his motorcycle left the road near Shiawassee and Inkster.
Louie, 43, died at the scene after his cycle struck a street sign, and three weeks later, Farmington Hills Police still don’t know exactly why. But if you knew Louie, you’ll understand what happened next. Overnight, at the place where he died, people began to create a memorial in his honor. Balloons, flowers, angels, lighters, Harley Davidson insignias, even bottles of beer marked the spot.
His sister, Moe Levett-Fields, said the family is deeply grateful for what she calls “an overwhelming outpouring of love and support.”
“It has been amazing,” she said. “It makes it a bit easier knowing about all the love he received and gave in his lifetime.”
The accident is especially puzzling because Louie was an expert, a lifetime rider, and member of the Knights of the Road motorcycle club. The family held a public memorial service at the Knights’ Detroit clubhouse, to accommodate a large turnout.
Louie grew up and went to school in Redford, but he knew folks from all over. He had more than 500 Facebook friends, “and he knew them all,” Levett-Fields said. There weren’t casual social media friends, either. For instance, he had eight friends named Chris but could tell them all apart.
“I used to go to his phone and just laugh,” she said. “I asked how he remembered, and he said, ‘I have nicknames for them all.’.”
Though he loved to eat, especially his mother’s home-cooking, Louie loved children more than anything. In addition to his sister and her husband, Kevin Fields, parents, Charlotte and Jay Levett, brother Lonnie and his wife, Margo, he is survived by his daughter, Brittany, an adopted daughter, Alyssa, and Nicole, who considered him a father figure. Levett-Fields said a cousin’s son, Jessee, was also dear to his heart.
And of course, Louie leaves behind the hundreds and hundreds of friends who helped create the roadside memorial.
“He was that kind of person who loved everybody, and had a love for life,” Levett-Fields said.
If you have any information about the August 27 accident, please contact the Farmington Hills Police Department, 248-871-2600.
Correction: Louie’s age was incorrectly reported in the original version of this post.