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Matt Kelly Memorial At ASU

Matt Kelly, a cyclist, was hit and killed by a drunk driver on April
5th in Flagstaff Arizona. He is survived by his wife and unborn child. To raise money for his family and promote cycling awareness, the Arizona State University Cycling Team are holding a 24 hour riding event. Here’s how you can show your support…

Dear cyclist,

On Tuesday, April 5 Matt Kelly was hit and killed by a drunk driver
with two previous DUI convictions. Matt was a student at Northern
Arizona University and a cyclist, racing for the local Flag Velo club.
On Tuesday he found out he was going to be a father. To add to his excitement, he learned his thesis had been reviewed and accepted by the Department of Anthropology at NAU. Despite all of the promise this day held, at approximately 3:04pm, while riding his bicycle, he was hit and killed. Matt was a son, friend, husband, father, student, and asset to the Arizona cycling community. All those who knew him will miss him dearly.

In order to honor and remember Matt Kelly and all those whose lives have been tragically taken on the road, there will be a 24 hour riding event on the Arizona State University campus. At 8am on April 25th until 8am April 26th we will be holding A Ride to Remember, the Matt Kelly Memorial. A Ride to Remember will be a roller and stationary trainer ride on Hayden Lawn. During these 24 hours, at least one cyclist will be riding a bicycle in honor of Matt Kelly. We will also be accepting donations during this time to raise money for Matt’s wife and child in their time of need. In addition to this effort, we will be handing out bicycle and motorist safety information to the public, so that similar tragedies may be avoided in the future.

We are requesting the help of all those who have been affected by the Matt’s death or any other cycling related tragedy to come out and participate. We will have rollers and stationary trainers setup for any one who wishes to participate. Please visit www.asucycling.com for more information. While at the site, you may download a pledge sheet to aid in your fundraising efforts, and sign up for a specific riding time. If you are not able to participate, we ask that you please consider donating to the Matt Kelly Fund that has been setup for his wife and unborn child. A Paypal account has been setup in his name and donations are possible through the www.asucycling.com.

In order to remember cyclists who have given their lives while riding, we are seeking information about riders who have been killed by an automobile, while riding their bikes (whether during racing, training, commuting, etc.). Please send the information to
[email protected]. Please be sure to include name, date of birth, and a picture if one is available.

Please visit www.asucycling.com
for more information.

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