RALEIGH—Dozens of bicyclists took the streets Wednesday evening in memory of the director of the state's mental health division, Steve Jordan.
Jordan was killed July 4 when a log truck hit him while he was riding his bicycle on Louisburg Road in northeast Raleigh. The truck driver, Clifton Ellis, 27, was charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle and failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision.
Lisa Moon was one of the cyclists who came out for the memorial ride.
“I worked with Steve I know what a great guy he was, what he stood for. He's always been an advocate for people with developmental disabilities,” said Moon.
Jordan's wife fought back tears at the show of support for her husband.
“It is very bittersweet because anytime a group has to come together because of an incident like this, it's a tragedy. I'm happy to see [the cyclists]. I'm moved to see them. I'm inspired to see them. But it doesn't change the loss we're suffering,” said Angela Jordan.
Even people who did not know Jordan felt compelled to bike in his honor.
“I'm out on these roads a lot myself and I've had enough near misses that whenever I hear about something like this, I see it could have been me,” said Cyclist Scott Reston.
According to North Carolina crash data, in 2010, nearly 700 bicyclists were injured on state roads. 21 bicyclists were killed in crashes. The cyclists rode to the intersection where Jordan was killed. A ghost bike sits there in his memory.