More than a hundred bikers are expected to ride in a memorial to honor the 20-year-old bicyclist hit and killed last month in Baltimore County.
20-year-old Aaron Laciny just got into riding, according to his family. His brother says biking turned into a hobby.
While it may seem tough, bicycles are everything to Aaron’s brother, 22-year-old Joe.
“You can see that he was really getting interested in it, really quickly. It clicked pretty quick,” Joe said.
Aaron was riding along Charles Street on a Monday night in June when not one, but two vehicles hit him.
The first one never stopped.
Aaron later died at the hospital.
“Nobody has come forward. Nobody has found anybody so that’s a little hard,” Joe said.
Baltimore County Police still have little information as to who was behind the wheel of the first vehicle, relying on gas station surveillance video in hopes of jogging witnesses’ memories.
For Joe, the loss hasn’t fully hit him.
“It just seems like it’s just been longer than usual that I haven’t ran into him. I’m just waiting to run into him, but it’s kind of hard to know that that’s not going to happen,” Joe said.
So he and about a hundred others are getting on their bikes to honor Aaron.
The bicyclists are riding through several points throughout the city, crossing areas where other riders were hit and killed in recent years.
The move is not only meant to be a memorial, but an intentional ride for awareness.
“Start noticing them, not just driving your car, and then being shocked when you see one on the road. You need to start noticing them, even when they’re not in your way,” Joe pleaded.
A plea out of frustration and a tragedy he hopes will impact drivers.
“It always takes some tragic, horrific event to open people’s eyes. It just sucks that it was my brother,” Joe said.
The memorial ride begins at the Eddie’s on North Charles Street and then rides through Roland Avenue and West University Parkway.
As far as the investigation, Baltimore County Police still need your help. If you can help, in any way, give them a call.
Metro Crime Stoppers is offering up to $2,000 to find that driver.