Memorial ride scheduled to honor cyclist killed in accident
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 01:39:23 GMT —
Cyclist Eddie Arguelles touched the lives of many including Myssie Cardenas Barajas and Cheryl Medrano.
"My big challenge was to ride up a 5,000 foot mountain in Nevada and I did it with the help of Eddie," Barajas said.
"He always had an encouraging word for everyone he met no matter what you were doing," Medrano said.
Arguellas died doing something he loved most.
Last Thursday he was on his regular 5 a.m. bike ride when he was hit by a truck.
The accident caused his body to be flung into the back of the truck.
The driver was caught later that day trying to dump his body.
"It shattered me," Barajas said. "It was very heartbreaking, I didn't want to believe it."
Now members of the 5 a.m. wake-up and ride club are planning a memorial ride to honor Arguellas, a person who advocated for bike safety in his community.
His death is the second in Edinburg this year and police say it serves as a reminder of the dangers on the road.
"These are accidents that are most of the time occurring at intersections and most important thing is that this could be prevented," Edinburg police officer Balde Gomez said.
Cyclist should ride with the proper gear and use hand signals while on the road.
"We have our lights, we have reflective clothing and we cycle in groups," Medrano explained.
Driver should also know the laws regarding bike lanes.
Officer Gomez said those lanes are not for passing.
"People think that they can drive down the shoulder to make a right hand turn a block before you get to an intersection because there is heavy traffic and you don't want to wait," he said. "That TMs not the case."
Instead remember the rule of three.
Drivers can access a bike lane to make a right-hand turn as long as they are three cars away from the intersection.
The memorial ride to honor Eddie Arguelles will be held on Thursday April 24th at 5 a.m. at the Starbucks located at 2724 W. University Dr. in Edinburg.
Everyone is invited to attend.