Henry Mejia was killed by a drunk driver on Saturday, April 13, 2013. The driver came off the 401 at the Kennedy southbound ramp, blew through a red light, hitting Henry, who was thrown 40 m, and then crashed into several motor vehicles until he came to a stop.
One of the things that made this memorial ride extraordinary was that a brother and nephew of the deceased showed up to ride with us. They were riding department store bikes and were determined to go the distance. The nephew had a duffle bag of water bottles slung over his shoulder. I suggested that he put it on my front rack so that he would have an easier time with the ride. At Bloor and Sherbourne, a cousin also joined us.
Tino has some really good pictures of this stage of this ride.
Once past the viaduct, we turned left on Broadview, and then cut east along the Cosburn Ave. bike lane. I was reminded of another memorial ride in this area a few years ago. Then we turned left on Woodbine and up the hill on O’Connor. The brother’s bike was sounding particularly poorly, so we bought a can of oil at a gas station, oiled the chains on the three supercycles, and Derek spent a moment being bicycle repairman, as befits his role as a cycling hero.
On the ride back into a stiff headwind, here we are once again taking our lives into our own hands by the simple act of crossing the street where we are unceremoniously dumped into heavy traffic at the west end of the bike corridor.
Rest in peace, Henry Mejia. Deepest condolences to friends and family, and thanks for allowing us to be a small part of a remembrance to him today. Special thanks to the relatives who rode with us.
More follow up links on the facebook event page.
My photos on Flickr.