Cycling advocate erects memorial to WD Feeney; police investigation near end

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An Atlanta cycling advocate was in downtown Columbus this morning putting up a memorial to man killed on 11th Street earlier this month. 

William “WD” Feeney was killed April 4 when his wheelchair was struck by a dump truck. 

David Matthews of Bike Friendly ATL, Inc. has been placing what he calls ghost bikes where cyclists have been killed. He has placed 66 bikes painted white throughout the Southeast since 2012. 

Tuesday morning, he tried something new to honor WD, a Columbus State University IT employee who was killed at the corner of 11th Street and Broadway. 

“This is the first wheelchair. sadly, he was just using the road, crossing the road. Whether it was right or wrong, we just need to do it a lot better.” 

Mathews put the wheelchair near the spot where Feeney was killed. 

“All of us road users can get along a lot better. Not just in crosswalks but everywhere. Bicyclists, motorists, pedestrians can get along better. Bicyclists need to ride a little more alert and caring toward each other.” 

There are still few details on the accident. Columbus Police Lt. Lance Deaton said that the investigation should conclude by the end of the week. No charges have been filed. 

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