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Ghost Bike Memorial in Pittsburgh

August 6, 2009

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Tonight, several folks organized a Ghost Bike installation and memorial service for Rui Hui Lin, 38, who was killed while returning from a delivery on his bicycle Monday in the Oakland area of Pittsburgh. The driver who hit Lin initially fled the scene after getting out and assessing the situation, but turned himself in to police this afternoon after cell phone videos of the accident and eyewitness accounts began to pour in. The event was somber, but it was good to see some local media attending, especially given the usual shoulder-shrugging that attends even the most intentional car-vs-bike accidents that have happened here in recent years. Ghost bikes continue to be a powerful memorial to cyclists who are injured and killed by motor vehicles – I’m interested to see how long this memorial stays in place.

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