Memorial to cyclist killed in Alton stolen - KMOV.com

Memorial to cyclist killed in Alton stolen

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ALTON, Ill. (KMOV.com) -

A memory was tarnished as a memorial to a cyclist was stolen Thursday.

Tom Tarp of Wild Trak Bikes said he placed a white bike on Great River Road at about 9:30 a.m. Thursday. When he came by to check on it at 3:00 p.m., it was no longer there.

"Ghost bikes are a nationwide occurrence. They typically go up when cyclists are struck by an automobile and killed. The ghost bike goes up as a memorial to that fallen cyclist,” Harp said.

He said the ghost bike was meant to honor Carol Admire, who was struck and killed by a driver during Memorial Day weekend. Police are still searching for the thief.

"It was pretty disgusting. Again, I have to run the benefit of the doubt that the individual that took it probably wasn't aware of the significance. There was no signage or anything on the initial one,” he said.

Harp said he initially called various police departments to make sure they hadn't taken down the memorial.

"Phone calls were made to the Illinois State Police, because they actually do maintenance on the river road, which is Route 100, Jersey County Police Department, Madison County Police Department and the state police department."

He says they all told him they didn't remove the bike. He's now placed another ghost bike by the guardrail. The second bike is chained on. It's a way to honor Admire and serve as a reminder to share the road.

"It's just to bring the awareness that it could be your mom, or your sister that you're angry at for taking 30 seconds of your day and three feet of your space,” he said.

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