Manhattan Cyclists Honor Fallen Rider

By: Monty Thompson
By: Monty Thompson

MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - Dozens of Manhattan cyclists were downtown Thursday night for a special memorial in honor of Mark Jilka, who died last week in a fatal collision on highway 177 just south of Manhattan.

The cycling community gathered this at Blue Earth Plaza where a bike was placed atop a hill painted completely white.

The ghost bike was later placed permanently at the location where the accident occurred, serving as a memorial to Jilka, as well as a reminder to everyone on the road.

"We’re hoping that it’s going to be a constant reminder to drivers and to cyclists alike that we do share the road and that we all have responsibility to pay attention to what one another is doing; because there is obviously consequences if you take your eyes off the road," said Aaron Apel of Big Poppi Bicycle Company.

At the memorial flags were places containing personal messages from those in attendance.

No charges have been made in relation to this incident.

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