Bicyclists gather to remember one of their own | News
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - A group of bicyclists gathered Saturday to hold a memorial for 40-year-old Kris Jones, who was hit and killed one week ago while riding her bike.
More than a dozen people, most who didn't even know Jones, got together to place a white "ghost bike" at the crash scene along with flowers. The bicyclists said it could easily have been one of them who lost their life.
"Anytime there's an accident with somebody on a bike, whether they're a part of your group or not, it just gnaws at you," said Chris Lauber.
According to St. Petersburg Police, Jones was riding her bicycle along 1st Avenue South near 52nd Street when a driver slammed into her. They say that man, 27-year-old Matthew Cook, had multiple drugs in his system, was going more than 80 miles an hour, and had his 3-year-old daughter in the car with him. He has since been arrested.
In addition to honoring Jones, the bicyclists hope the "ghost bike" will make drivers think twice about those on bikes and be more aware of them on the road.
"If that'll make somebody think, then we've done something good," said Stephen Gronemeyer.
Cook has been charged with DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide, child abuse, and DUI involving serious bodily injury. Police also believe he may have been racing. They're still trying to identify the driver of a small, faded white car -- possibly a foreign one -- that was possibly racing Cook before the crash.