A bicyclist who lost his life in a fatal KY traffic accident on Russell Cave Road in Lexington will soon have a memorial placed in the area by his family, according to a news report from Lex18.
According to investigators, the 53-year-old man lost his life when he was struck by an SUV while riding his bike along the road. His family plans to remember him by installing a “Ghost Bike” memorial at the spot where he lost his life. Also participating in the Ghost Bike memorial is local bicycling group Broke Spoke, which is a volunteer organization that helps people recovering from addiction by focusing their energies on bicycling as a constructive and fun hobby.
A “Ghost Bike” is a bicycle, painted white, which serves as a marker for a bicyclist whose life has been taken in an auto accident. The trend of using a white bicycle to mark the loss of these bicyclists is aimed not only at honoring the memory of the individual, but also at raising awareness among motorists that bicycle accidents can have deadly consequences. Many families and groups that put up Ghost Bikes hope to remind drivers that, with proper care and attention behind the wheel, drivers can help ensure bicyclists get home safely.
Bicycle accidents often spell injury or death for bikers, who have little protection from the impact of an automobile. If you’ve been injured in a bike crash, or if you’ve lost someone you love in a bicycle accident, skilled Kentucky bicycle accident attorney Tad Thomas can help.