Ride of Silence honors bicycle accident victims in Midland

Ride of Silence honors bicycle accident victims in Midland
(Source: KWES)

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - The Permian Basin Bicycle Association held its 13th annual 'Ride of Silence' on the evening of May 16.

The event was held to remember victims of bicycle accidents and to promote bicycle rider safety.

Hundreds of cyclists including Roberta Soloria came to support a message of bikes and cars sharing the road.

"There's rules of the road for all of us. Bicyclists are essentially like motorists and we should share the same rules, and motorists should know that and be able to understand and respect that.," Soloria said.

Today's event carried an especially heartfelt message as it came three weeks to the day of a fatal drunk driving accident that killed Cameron Stotts, 42, and Michael Mestas, 47, and critically injured Jason Haislip.

Haislip, who told us he still has months of recovery, attended today's event to show support to his fellow cyclists "today's message is, share the road, it's very important."

The ride for the cyclists was about fourteen miles and was escorted by police.

The group of riders did make a stop, at the tragic accident site on Highway 158 to pay tribute to their fallen riders.

A memorial has been set up at the scene with people donating shoes, and bicycles in honor of the victims.

Police have charged Ricardo Madera, 38, with several charges including intoxicated manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident.

His bail was set at $275,000.

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