CRANBERRY TWP — Hundreds gathered Sunday at the corner of Rochester Road in the township, many of whom were decked out in neon clothing as they took a brief break from a six-mile bicycle ride.
Outshining all of their green, yellow and orange Day-Glo attire was a white bicycle, adorned with messages on pink ribbon. That bike fastened to a lamp post honors the life of Alek Teimouri, who died after being struck by an alleged drunken driver last month.
“It's powerful,” said Christina Teimouri, Alek's mother. “I'll be able to look at it every day on my way to and from work and think about him. I'll be thinking about him anyway.”
It was an emotional afternoon for the family, who led a pack of hundreds of cyclists as they departed from Graham Park and made their way to Rochester and Haine School roads. That intersection is where police say David Lohr, 51, was driving drunk Dec. 26 when he struck and dragged the bike operated by Alek Teimouri, who was riding home from his job at Mad Mex. Lohr faces a number of charges, including homicide charges that were filed last week.
“To see the love and support coming back from the community, it really helps our heart to know there are other people going through this with us,” she said.
Read more in Monday's Butler Eagle.