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Memorial to honor teenager killed in auto/bike crash
AUSTIN, Texas – A memorial to honor Brian Silva will take place Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 10 a.m. Brian was killed on June 6, 2015 after a crash with a motor vehicle, he would have turned 17 this week. The memorial ride will begin at Jordan Elementary School and end with a ghost bike placement at 6200 Johnny Morris Road, near the site of the collision.
Brian was hit and killed while riding his bike in District 1; Christopher Hutchins, Policy Aide to Council Member Ora Houston, District 1, will join the ride on Saturday.
From January through June of this year, there have been 86 reported bike/auto crashes in Austin. Brian was the second person on a bicycle hit and killed in Travis County in 2015, the first was Thomas Wilkinson who was hit and killed in April while riding on Lost Creek Blvd. Austin is on track to double the number of traffic fatalities which totaled to 63. As of this week that number for 2015 has already reached 65.
“[translated] My son Brian has left us,” said Brain’s mother, Diana Guerrero. “But through his love and happiness, he will continue to live in our hearts for all of eternity.”
At the request of the family, local non-profit Please BE KIND to Cyclists (Please BE KIND) is donating the ghost bike and organizing the ride.
“Brian had a full life ahead of him and it was taken away while he was riding his bike the way we all did as kids.” said Please BE KIND Executive Director Al Bastidas. “These tragedies are preventable and we, as drivers, need to do everything in our power to stop them.”
For more information about the memorial ride and ghost bike placement, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/864822556947940/
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