Ghost Bike memorials help remember cyclists killed while riding

Ghost Bike memorials help remember cyclists killed while riding

POOLER, GA (WTOC) - A somber memorial stands silently along the noisy Jimmy DeLoach Parkway, a constant, yet eerie, reminder of a life lost too soon.

Last month, Predrag Lakic was killed in a hit-and-run accident while riding his bicycle on Jimmy DeLoach, an activity his friends say he recently picked back up.

"He was an avid cyclist, but he had just started cycling here about three months before the accident," said Mark Longren, a friend and co-worker of Lakic's.

As a fellow cyclist himself, Longren decided he would honor his friend's memory with a ghost bike, something he had seen once before.

"I first learned about this when I was riding a bicycle in New York City and I saw it on the side of the road. It was really really moving to me."

Ghost bikes are placed at crash sites where cyclists have lost their lives while riding. The goal is to raise awareness for safety on the road.

It's a concept popping up across the country supported by organizations from New York to California.

Longren said he hopes this ghost bike will promote safety for not only drivers, but also for cyclists.

"The reason I put this up is if people are riding by on their bike, maybe they'll stop and take a look and be a little bit more careful, and maybe people driving by will give a little more extra room," said Longren.

Longren and other cyclists say they hope more communities become better suited for cyclists.

The Georgia State Patrol says they believe they've identified a suspect in the case. However, no charges have been filed yet. This is still an ongoing investigation.

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