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Ghost Bike Mystery in Lewes

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LEWES, Del - What is known in the bicycling community as a "ghost bike" can be seen in Lewes near where the northbound lane of Coastal Highway connects with U.S. Route 9. 
 
There is no indication as to who placed it there, but the ghost bike is believed to be a memorial for 79-year-old Jay Kirby.  Kirby died on Sept. 23, 12 days after he was struck by a car while riding in the cycling lane in the area where the ghost bike now stands.
 
A ghost bike is typically painted all white and locked to a street sign near a crash site.  Kirby was an experienced cyclist who once rode more than 4,400 miles on a solo cross-country trip in 2000.
 
"Jay was always there when people needed him,"  Sussex Cyclists President John Kurpjuweit said. "He always one of those people who would fall back and work with those riders that were a little bit less strong and needed a little bit more companionship."
 
The ghost bike was first noticed on Sept. 24.  As of now no charges have filed in connection with the incident that resulted in Kirby's death. 
 
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