SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Cyclists are remembering a man hit and killed with less than a mile left of his hundred mile bike ride on Saturday.
Mark Hinkel, 57, was a part of the annual Horsey Hundred in Georgetown. Police tell WKYT that Hinkel was on Lemons Mill Road when a driver crossed the center line and hit him head-on.
On Sunday, the Horsey Hundred finished without him.
Pam Thomas was Hinkel's friend and she's also the director of the Horsey Hundred.
"I saw Mark at the starting line circle. We talked about the ride. I said have a great ride. I'll see you when you get back," Thomas told WKYT.
Thomas says she was close to Hinkel and that she couldn't get on her bike on Sunday.
"I just wasn't feeling it. I know some people did, my husband did. I thought he wasn't going to be able to ride, he thought, you know what, I'm going to honor him by riding," Thomas said.
Thomas says Hinkel's death was the first fatality in the event's 38-year history.
"It can happen to anybody on the road. There's a personal part of it for people too. You are just out there doing what you should be doing and you are not doing anything wrong. Just like that something can happen," Thomas said.
A roadside memorial sits along Lemons Mill road where the crash happened on Saturday. Cyclists stopped at the site on Sunday morning to say a prayer. There was a moment of silence in his memory before everyone went home.
Cyclists plan to place a memorial bicycle that is non-functioning and spray painted white at the scene of the crash.
Police say the driver, Odilon Paz-Salvador, was under the influence at the time of the crash. Police have charged him with murder, wanton endangerment and leaving the scene of an accident.