TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Dozens of bikers strapped on their helmets to take a ride in memory of John Mundell.
Mundell was a Terre Haute native living in Arkansas. His family said he loved cycling, even until his final day.
One of the last texts I had from John was that he loved the hills there and he was searching for routes that were safe to ride. Unfortunately, he was hit by a hit and run driver,” said his brother, Mark.
After John’s untimely passing in July, his family found a special way to keep him alive through the John Mundell Memorial Ride.
“We’re trying to bring awareness that there are many cyclists out there and like people to take time to be a little extra cautious around riders and hoping we can prevent someone else from losing a loved one,” Mark said.
The Vigo County Sheriff’s Office escorted cyclists from the Fallen Cyclist Monument, through Terre Haute, and back to Hawthorn Park.
Local bike shops stepped in to make the ride possible.
“We offered to help any way that we could and everything just fell into place things just happened quickly and we were able to get it pulled off,” said Jim Mauriello of Crossroads Cyclery.
Cyclists hope their presence will send an important message.
“If we can bring awareness to cycling safety while honoring John, then we’ve done something good,” said Kimberly Mauriello, John’s wife.
There will be another memorial ride in John’s honor in Fort Smith, Arkansas.