Vigil planned Saturday for SXSW crash victims

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by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and Photojournalist PETER HULL

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Posted on March 15, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Updated Saturday, Mar 15 at 3:46 PM

AUSTIN, Texas -- The public is invited Saturday night to attend a candlelight vigil and ghost bike installation for the victims killed in Thursday’s crash downtown.

The local non-profit, Please Be Kind to Cyclists is sponsoring the event at Ninth and Red River streets right across from Mohawk, the scene of a devastating crash which killed two people and injured 23 others.

Steven Craenmehr, 35, of Holland was in Austin for SXSW.  He was riding a bicycle early Thursday when Austin police say Rashad Owens plowed through barricades hitting him and dozens of others.

Craenmehr and another woman, 27-year-old Jamie West, were both killed.

West was riding a moped with her husband who was also injured.

Please Be Kind to Cyclists plans to put up a roadside memorial called a ghost bike. It’s a real bicycle painted all white. They’re usually put up by family and friends at the site where a cyclist was killed.

“I want the family and friends back home to know that in America we just don't kill people on bicycles. In America, we're not like that,” said Bastidas, who made it clear the vigil Saturday is not just for Craenmehr, but also for West and the dozens of others injured in the chaos.

“This is not just for cyclists.  A lost life is a lost life whether on a bicycle, moped or walking. I think people that are hurt, it's just as bad,” added Bastidas.

The vigil is Saturday, March 15 at 7 p.m.

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