"On the morning of October 30th, 2009, one of my closest friends and fellow cyclist Rodolfo Rojo age 17 was killed by a speeding vehicle on Biscayne Boulevard between Miami Shores and North Miami while we were on the way home from our friends house. We had just got him on a bike a week before and he was thrilled with the thought of using a bicycle as a form of transportation. I convinced him many times that it was safe to ride in the streets with lights.
Rodolfo Rojo attended DCS (Doctors Charter School) and is remembered dearly by his family, friends and teachers who attended his viewing Sunday afternoon at the Gregg L. Mason Funeral Home in Miami Shores.
Rodolfo had the proper safety lights on his bicycle, yet a speeding car took his life. The reality of what happened has really made me believe safety is the most important thing when it comes to cycling.
Rodolfo was the funniest most positive guy I grew up with and has really made me who I am today. I think we can all learn from what has happened and know that when we push our pedals we are not invincible. Losing a best friend had never crossed my mind before and now it has become my reality. Hopefully we can raise awareness of cyclists using the street so this will not happen to anybody else.
All my love goes out to his mother Claudia and his two sisters Emilia, age 12, and Ana who just turned 16 today, Monday November 2nd."
There will be a memorial bicycle ride for Rodolfo Rojo. I never had the pleasure of meeting Rodolfo, he was planning on attending his first Critical Mass the day of the accident. My condolences to all of his family & friends during this difficult time.
17 y/o bicyclist killed by speeding car
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