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*Update 11/17/2015* Hector Avalos, 28, Western/Ogden, 12/6/2013 :-(

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/10/hector-avalos-chicago_n_44...

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-driver-arrest...

As usual, lead poisoning victims have got to the comments first, so do yourself a favor and don't read them.

Now comes the usual horrid wait to find out who it was, if it's someone any of us knows.....

Update.. Hector Avalos of Cermak/Wood area.  My condolences to his friends and family.

Update 11/17/2015

This is a heartbreaking decision. The judge blamed the victim for wearing dark clothes and referred to the crash as an "accident" but seemed to ignore the fact that Robert's blood alcohol level was 0.152 percent when he got behind the wheel, nearly twice the legal level of 0.08.

“[Vais] has to face the fact that what he did was wrong,” Avalos’ mother Ingrid Cossio said. “He gets a new beginning, a new life, and a new chance to be with his family, so I hope he takes advantage of that opportunity. I don’t get that with my son.”

Full Streetsblog Article:
http://chi.streetsblog.org/2015/11/17/driver-who-killed-cyclist-hec...

(seems like it would be a basic courtesy to note that a posting was updated/modified by an admin and not the original poster-h)

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Thanks for sharing your niece's thoughts on Hector.

Yasmeen said:

My niece worked with him and had this to say, "I worked with Hector at Hefe; he was an incredible positive person full of life. He did not deserve this, and then responsible deserves so much more than just bail..."

This is heartbreaking. Here's a follow up story http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-driver-arrest...

Anyone know who puts on the ghost bikes? I would like to donate one of mine and also interested in a memorial ride.

The Give Forward link includes a link to the installation of a ghost bike.

Apparently, a ghost bike was immediately installed, not sure by whom, with a little ceremony.  Wish I'd known.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkHpxFvwHPk

What part of town are you in? It will make a good replacement when scavengers get to the one in the video.

alex said:

Anyone know who puts on the ghost bikes? I would like to donate one of mine and also interested in a memorial ride.

I'm off kedzie & ogden which is one reason this hits so close to home for me. This is on my daily commute and would like to make sure a memorial stays up. Any word on a memorial ride yet? Anything we can do to raise awareness 

h' 1.0 said:

What part of town are you in? It will make a good replacement when scavengers get to the one in the video.

alex said:

Anyone know who puts on the ghost bikes? I would like to donate one of mine and also interested in a memorial ride.

RIP, this is a route I take. At 400,000 bond I wonder if this was is first DUI? Odgen seems to be a good route but it's still a diagnal street.

I spoke with the family and they were surprised and happy to hear people would be interested in a memorial ride. I think the only obstacle right now is the weather would stop many from showing up

I would not call Ogden a "good route."  I will usually choose a longer option even when Ogden would be a direct route toward home.

In the place where poor Hector was killed I have seen cars weave fast and recklessly between the inner and outer boulevard many times, to the point where I am afraid to ride there even when there doesn't seem to be any traffic around  (they seem to come out of nowhere-- maybe because of the viaduct.)

I have had cars whiz past me on my right, and come very close to treating me like I wasn't there while coming up straight upon me from behind.  And this is all on the inner boulevard.

One thing that's been a constant in the recent history of local cyclist deaths-- main thoroughfares with higher speed limits are the deadliest.

El Dorado said:

RIP, this is a route I take. At 400,000 bond I wonder if this was is first DUI? Odgen seems to be a good route but it's still a diagnal street.

Not really sure how to gauge interest on that-- I only had one person contact me to say they were interested. And I also broadcast the request to 800+ inboxes via the e-mail lists.



alex said:

I spoke with the family and they were surprised and happy to hear people would be interested in a memorial ride. I think the only obstacle right now is the weather would stop many from showing up

Huffington Post:

Community Rallies For Family Of Hector Avalos, Chicago Cyclist And Former Marine Killed In Crash

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/10/hector-avalos-chicago_n_44...

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