Memorial ride set for Sunday for cyclist killed in hit-and-run

Tommy Ketterhagen, in blue sweater at center right, died in a hit-and-run incident earlier this week. Family photo

Tommy Ketterhagen, in blue sweater at center right, died in a hit-and-run incident earlier this week. Family photo

 

A memorial bike ride has been scheduled to honor Tommy Ketterhagen, the 19-year-old cyclist killed by a hit-and-run driver in Georgetown this week.

Members of 787 Racing are organizing the ride, set to start at 10 a.m. Sunday at East View High School, 4490 E. University Avenue in Georgetown. The 27-mile ride will follow one of Ketterhagen’s favorite cycling routes east of Georgetown.

Ketterhagen was part of 787 Racing since the team’s formation, and was a fixture at rides and races.

“Even off the bike, we were blessed with Tommy’s happy-go-lucky attitude, his love for his friends and family, and the honesty and sincerity of his character,” a statement on the 787 Racing page on Facebook said. “Our collective hearts go out to his parents, his brothers and sisters, and all others who were fortunate to know him.”

A GoFundMe account has been established to raise funds for the T. Ketterhagen Memorial Foundation. Contributions will be used to pay funeral costs and for the education of other members of the Ketterhagen family.

Organizers hope to raise $40,000. By 2 p.m. today, donors had raised more than $13,000.

A funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Helen Catholic Church, 2700 E. University Avenue in Georgetown.

Investigators think Ketterhagen was hit by a blue car sometime between 5 p.m. Monday and 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to Georgetown police. His body was found in the 2300 block of Patriot Way.

Georgetown police are asking anyone with information to contact Detective Kirby Shoemake at 512-930-8491 or kirby.shoemake@georgetown.org.


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