Police say 26-year-old Preston Turner was killed after colliding with a car while riding a motorcycle Sunday night.
His grandfather, Norman Turner, tells WOWT Six News that Preston did not normally ride his motorcycle at night.
"First we were in denial that it can't be him because he doesn't ride at night or in the wet weather," says Turner.
Turner says he learned that Preston was doing his friend a favor after the friend had been stopped by police and allegedly given an ultimatum.
"Law enforcement people would not let him ride his motorcycle any farther--they would either impound it or if he had a friend that could come and get it they'd let him do that--well that's how Preston got involved," says Turner.
Police say Preston was riding his motorcycle northbound on South 204th Street when a car, driven by 83-year-old Hugh Williams of Omaha, turned from southbound 204th onto eastbound Pacific and the vehicles collided.
Preston was pronounced dead at the scene.
Turner says he is sorry his grandson was killed for being a good friend. Turner says Preston, a UNO graduate, wanted to be a police officer and admired his grandfather for serving in the navy.
"He was walking in my footsteps so I'm going to look back and he's not going to be there," says Turner.
Omaha Police say they are still investigating the crash.