‘Ghost bike’ memorial remembers Vidal

From staff reportsJuly 14, 2013 


Durham's first "Ghost Bike" is chained to a speed limit sign on Hillandale Road where Seth Vidal, an avid cyclist and software developer, died after being hit by a car Monday July 8, 2013. Police have charged Maceo Christopher Kemp Jr., 27, of Manson, N.C., with felony hit and run and driving with his license revoked. Kemp turned himself in Tuesday afternoon. Ghost bikes are memorials placed at a site where cyclists have been killed as a reminder to drivers passing the site to be careful and mindful of bicycles.

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A “ghost bike” was installed on Hillandale Road in memory of avid cyclist Seth Vidal, who was laid to rest Saturday after he was killed by a hit-and-run driver.

The roadside memorial is believed to be Durham’s first ghost bike, which are painted white as a reminder for motorists to share the road. Vidal, 36, was struck from behind on Hillandale Road by a car that did not stop. Maceo Christopher Kemp Jr., 27, has been charged with felony hit and run and driving with his license revoked.

Fellow cyclists turned out in droves for Vidal’s funeral Saturday, and a memorial bike ride was scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Sunday at Seven Stars Cycles, 309 E. Chapel Hill St. in Durham.

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