Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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September 20, 2012

'Ghost Bike' placed along Texas highway

MINERAL WELLS, Texas -- Similar to a roadside cross, a white “ghost bike” has been erected as a memorial to a fallen cyclist who has been killed or severely injured by a motor vehicle.

A white mountain bike was placed alongside U.S. Highway 180 West , near where a woman died after she was struck from behind by the driver of a pickup truck.

Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Jeffrey Poole said the completed investigation into Monday’s fatal wreck involving cyclist Iris Stagner will be turned over to District Attorney Michael Burns for his review and determination whether pursue formal charges.

No charges have been filed against the driver, a Palo Pinto County man in his mid 70s.

Ghost bikes, dappled throughout Texas, the nation and world, are meant not only as a memorial to the individuals who lost their lives, but are intended to remind passing motorists to share the road with cyclists, as well as other more vulnerable road users.

According to ghostbikes.org the first ghost bikes were installed in St. Louis, Mo., in 2003.

Currently there are over 500 ghost bikes that have since appeared in over 180 locations throughout the world.

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Details for this story were provided by The Mineral Wells (Texas) Index.

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