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May 21, 2014 11:46 PM by Kristen Holloway

Lafayette Ride of Silence

Wednesday night, bicyclists across the world honored those who have been killed or injured while riding a bike on public roads, including here in Acadiana.

It's called the Ride of Silence. In Lafayette, riders started at the intersection of St. Landry and Dean Street at the Mickey Shunick Bike Memorial and ended at Parc Sans Souci. This week marks two years since Mickey disappeared while riding her bike.

Among the riders, Armand Leblanc rode in memory of his 15-year-old son Alec. Alec was struck and killed by a drunk driver while riding his bike in Loreauville five years ago.

"I saw his glasses, a tennis shoe, and a sock. And when I picked up my head, there he was on the side of the road, all broken up," said Leblanc.

Also at the event was Monique Koll, who was training for a triathlon in Duson two years ago when she was hit was by an unlicensed driver.

"He hit me from behind. I broke his windshield, he broke my neck. I was in the hospital for a couple months, and I was in a wheel chair for 4 months," said Koll.

Koll learned to walk again, picking herself back up from tragedy. That's what the "Ride of Silence" is for---to ride for all family's that have been affected and bring awareness to motorists to share the road.

"Less than a month ago, I started walking without a cane," said Koll. "I couldn't feed myself, I couldn't tie my shoes. I mean you lose all your muscle right away when you have a spinal cord injury like I do," said Koll.

"Without God in my life, I would have never made it through this," said Leblanc. "One of the most horrible things any person has to go through in life is losing their children."

 

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