Ride honors cyclist killed by cement truck

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PORTLAND, Ore. - Hundreds turned out Friday night for a memorial ride to honor a fellow cyclist killed by a cement truck in downtown Portland a day earlier.

Tracey Sparling, 19, was killed Thursday when the truck ran over her at West Burnside and 14th Avenue.

Waiting at a red light, she was in a bike lane to the right of the truck, and when the light turned green, the truck turned and crushed Sparling.

The driver told police he did not see the cyclist and has not been cited.

The accident affected many in the cycling community, who rode 14 blocks down Burnside Friday evening and paid their respects at the very spot Sparling should not have died.

"And I feel like it was one of my friends, although I didn't know her," said cyclist Tyler Robertson. "It just kind of struck a chord with me."

"It makes me feel safer on the streets knowing I have these people as friends around me," said Carl Larson. "And it's just devastating to lose one."

"I ride downtown all of the time, and I can see how it could happen to anybody," said Dan Kearl. "Bike lanes are a bad idea in downtown. Cars can turn right in front of them and people who ride in bike lanes sometimes think they sort of have protection or something."

Sparling, an art student, grew up in Salem and recently returned from New York because she was homesick.

"She was a beautiful, sweet, artistic, intelligent, independent young woman," said her aunt, Susie Kubota.