Memorial ride hopes to raise awareness for cycling deaths

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According to a 2014 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study, nearly a thousand people lost their lives in traffic related crashes on bicycles. The friends and family of Amy Hawkins came together Sunday hoping to raise awareness so that number declines.

Several people came together riding to raise awareness for a bicyclist who lost her life two weeks ago. Amy Hawkins was hit by a suspected drunk driver while riding her bike on County Road 13 in Fairhope.

Ride Yellow Director Marisa Williams said she knew Hawkins from volunteering with Ride Yellow. Williams said, “It hurt my soul. She was a – she was just a good person. She always thought about others before herself. She was just ready to help, willing to help. I mean, she would call you up out of the blue and say hey can I help you with something, and she was amazing.” 

Ride Organizer Katie Bolton says she wanted to plan Sunday’s event to honor the amazing person Amy was. Bolton said,  “It matches her personality. I mean just to bring joy was riding a bike – brought so much joy to her, so making it a fun ride would hopefully bring a lot of joy.”

The ride’s intent was also to raise awareness for cyclists sharing the road. According to the NHTSA, bicyclists accounted for two percent of all traffic deaths in 2014.

Williams said, “We’ve had a lot of people get hit and killed in the last five or 10 years and it’s not good and I think that, I feel that it touches all of us and it’s something that we need to think about.”

The man accused of killing Hawkins, Jose Luis Alonso-De Leon is currently in the Baldwin County Jail. He’s charged with manslaughter.

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