More than 1,000 riders from around Orange County participated early Sunday in Newport Beach's memorial bike ride in honor of cyclists Sarah Leaf and Catherine "Kit" Campion-Ritz.
Along with remembering Campion-Ritz and Leaf, the memorial bike ride served as a reminder to educate motorists and cyclists about sharing the road and to raise money for bike safety. According to event organizers, more than $53,000 has been raised so far.
"We need to change attitudes about sharing the road," Mayor Nancy Gardner said.
Leaf, 29, worked as a nutritionist in Corona del Mar. She was killed in a bicycle collision on the morning of Friday, Sept. 14 when she was cycling on Pacific Coast Highway and the driver of a stake bed truck turned right onto Bayside Drive. No arrests or citations have been made as a result of Leaf's death.
Campion, a doctor who treated patients in Newport Beach for close to 30 years, was killed during a fatal hit-and-run on Saturday, Sept. 15 as she cycled on Newport Coast Drive with her husband. Michael Jason Lopez, 39, of Anaheim, was arrested three days after Campion died. If convicted, Lopez faces a maximum sentence of eight years in state prison for the deadly hit-and-run crash.