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Family, cyclists remember fallen rider, Jose Zayas, one year after his death

It has been one year since Jose Zayas was struck and killed by a drunk driver. Cyclists rode out in his honor. Another ride is scheduled for Sunday.

MOORESVILLE, Ala. — Cyclists, family and friends met Thursday afternoon to remember a beloved rider who was struck and killed by a drunk driver one year ago. 

They remember Jose Zayas. 

About 100 cyclists gathered for the first annual “Ride On, Z” Memorial Ride

The riders met at Southern Carnage bicycle shop in Mooresville and rode to the site where Zayas was struck, which is dawned with a beautiful marker. Zayas was hit near the intersection of Boeing Blvd SW and Wall Triana Highway. 

Alabama law requires drivers give a minimum of 3 feet distance between their vehicles and bicyclists on the road. But, a friend and fellow rider of Zayas, urges you to give much more than that. We spoke with Troy Spier. He tells our reporter, “There isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t think about him… We just ask that it only takes you about 15 seconds to pass us safely. So, please give us room because this is all we have, right here.” 

There will be another ride in Zayas’s honor on Sunday at 1 pm at Joe Davis Stadium

All the proceeds will go to the ‘Ride on, Zayas Foundation’.

Sports event in Huntsville, AL by First Merit Solutions and Joe Davis Crit Series presented by First Merit Solutions on Sunday, October 11 2020

Click here to be directed to the Facebook event page for more information on Sunday's ride. 

Click here to go to the Ride on Zayas Foundation Facebook page.

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