Thursday, September 18, 2014

Bicyclists Plan Ride To Honor Phillip Bishop

Delaware On-Line -- Bicylists are planning to ride en masse to Thursday night's viewing for Phillip Bishop, the rider killed by a hit-run driver last week in Hockessin while returning from work.

The ride, organized by a member of the White Clay Bicycle Club that often rides through the Hockessin and surrounding areas, will be from the Lantana Square shopping center to Chandler Funeral Home.

Anyone interested is asked to meet in the parking lot of M&T Bank at 151 Lantana Drive, off Limestone Road, about 6 p.m. The ride to the funeral home at 7230 Lancaster Pike – about 2 miles – is scheduled to leave at 6:30.

Riders must wear helmets and have front and rear lights on their bicycles. They are also asked to wear reflective clothing. [Full article ...]

Posters note: I also respectfully ask that you keep another cyclist in your thoughts and prayers - please remember and honor Mr. Eloy Sandoval-Mateoz, who was killed by a drunk driver in Ogletown on Saturday, July 26th, while riding his bicycle northbound trying to cross Del. 273 at Ruthar Drive. He has the sad distinction of being Delaware's first bicycle fatality of the year. Eloy was born on December 2, 1969. He was 44 years old at the time of his death. There were no funeral services for him here, and his body was sent home to his family in Mexico by the Corleto-Latina Funeral Home.

Although I did not know Eloy personally, from the description of him, I believe that I had passed him in my travels on my bicycle, on that same road and nearby my home in Ogletown. We would wave at each other. He appeared to use his bike for his primary means of transportation. No memorial marks the spot where he tragically died, but I think of him each and every time I pass the site. I hope to continue to follow the case in the hopes that Mr Sandoval-Mateoz will be represented properly, that people know that he too was a human being, with family, friends, and a wider community that cared about him.

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