Marberry Ben Acree - San Diego, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Metro2
N 32° 47.335 W 117° 06.633
11S E 489648 N 3627892
Quick Description: This ghost bike is chained to a fence near the intersection of Friar's Rd and Interstate 15.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 3/9/2011 11:50:58 AM
Waymark Code: WMAXX5
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member OpinioNate
Views: 4

Long Description:
The bike is located at a very busy area near the Interstate 15 off-ramp to Friar's Road East. There is no sign on the ghost bike about the rider but this BikingInLA websitehttp://bikinginla.wordpress.com/2011/02/05/60-year-old-cyclist-killed-in-san-diego-police-and-press-fall-over-themselves-to-blame-the-victim/ has some information:
On February 5, 2011 "...once again, a cyclist has been killed. And once again, the police — and the local press — have fallen all over themselves to blame the rider.

Let’s start with official version first.

Around 11:50 am Saturday, a pair of cyclists were riding in a designated bike lane on eastbound Friars Road in San Diego, near the off-ramp for the northbound I-15 freeway. The riders attempted to cross the off-ramp; one made it, one didn’t. The victim was described only as a 60-year old white male who lived with his wife in San Diego.

According to some reports, he was hit when he attempted to ride in front of a truck; according to other reports, he hit the side of the truck and fell beneath its wheels.

No, he didn’t.

There are very few cyclists anywhere who don’t have a healthy respect for — if not fear of — large trucks. The chance that anyone would actually ride into one is somewhere between slim and none.

Then there’s the comparative speeds. The rider would have likely been travelling at somewhere around 15 – 20 mph, possibly a little more or less, while the truck would have been exiting a major freeway at highway speeds.

So who exactly hit whom? Saying the bike hit the truck is kind of like saying you hit Mike Tyson’s fist with your face..."

A bouquet of flowers left on the bike has this message:
"Our prayers are with you! With love, a Mom and 3 boys who prayed. 2 cars behind you that day. We are truely (sic) sorry!"

Another news article can be read at (visit link)
Age of victim: 60

Name of the victim: Marberry Ben Acree

Date of the accident: 2/5/2011

Accident resulted in a fatality: yes

News Article Web Page: [Web Link]

Memorial Web Page: Not listed

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