Police investigate theft of memorial honoring bicyclist who died

Police investigate theft of memorial honoring bicyclist who died

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GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WKYT) -- A memorial for a lawyer, who was hit and killed by an alleged drunk driver in Scott County, Kentucky, has disappeared.

Mark Hinkel died while riding his bicycle in the 'Horsey Hundred' in May of 2015.

Police in Georgetown, Kentucky now say someone stole the 'ghost bike' installed at the scene of the crash to remember Hinkel.

Pam Thomas of the Bluegrass Cycling Club said she's upset that the memorial has been tampered with.

"It made me feel really sad. Just because the point of the memorial is to remember and honor Mark and other fallen cyclists, but primarily Mark, and I just have to believe whoever took it didn't understand the significance of it," Thomas said.

The Bluegrass Cycling Club put up the memorial, with the city's blessing, along the road where Hinkel was hit.

When police say they were first notified on Wednesday that the bike was gone, they say they checked around to make sure someone didn't take it down for cleaning or something similar.

The bike was mounted on a concrete pad. That's why police say it wasn't just an easy pick-up-and-go theft. Investigators say it took time and effort for someone to steal the bike.

"It was a really nice gesture to this man's family and friends that they would do something like this, put this memorial there so that they've got just a little something to remember him by. Then to have somebody come and steal it like this is just unheard of. I'm appalled that somebody would do this," Georgetown Assistant Police Chief Robert Swanigan said.

Thomas says the club hopes to have a replacement bike put out at the memorial as soon as they figure out how to better secure it.

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