Family of man killed while riding bicycle in Columbus raising awareness of bicycle safety

Family of man killed while riding bicycle in Columbus raising awareness of bicycle safety

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The family of a man who was hit and killed while riding his bicycle is raising awareness of bicycle safety.

The family of Sean Rey, who was killed after being hit head-on while riding his bike four years ago, joined Bike Friendly Atlanta Tuesday for an event in Columbus.

Stacey Grimes, Rey’s sister, said after her brother’s death, she saw the need for change with how cyclist-related crashes are handled and also the way laws to keep cyclists safe are enforced.

David Matthews, CEO of Bike Friendly Atlanta. Set up at the site of Rey’s accident with a large cross and a canopy that listed the names of victims who have died from being struck by a vehicle.

"We're all connected in some form,” said Grimes. “That cyclist was a human life just simply trying to make it to work or just simply commuting for recreational purposes or trying to make it home. Unfortunately, my brother didn't get a chance to make it home.”

At the Chevron where Rey worked sits a bike decorated in flowers in his memory.

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