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UPDATE: Vigil planned for 5 cyclists killed in crash south of Las Vegas

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Photos provided by organizers for Saturday's planned vigil to remember 5 cyclists killed south of Las Vegas
Photos provided by organizers for Saturday's planned vigil to remember 5 cyclists killed south of Las Vegas
Photos provided by organizers for Saturday's planned vigil to remember 5 cyclists killed south of Las Vegas
Posted at 8:37 PM, Dec 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-12 16:12:18-05

UPDATE 10 P.M.: A drive-thru vigil to honor and celebrate the lives of five cyclists who were killed in a crash on Thursday has been scheduled for this Saturday.

Heather Fisher, the founder of Save Red Rock, is helping to organize the event in conjunction with Ghost Bikes Las Vegas and Breakaway Cycling.

It will be held on Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the parking lot of Las Vegas Cyclery at 10575 Discovery Drive in Las Vegas.

Participants are asked to socially distance, wear a mask or face coverings and flowers and donations will be accepted for the victims' families.

Also on Saturday, a digital Zoom and Facebook Live vigil will be held on the Save Red Rock's Facebook page beginning at 3 p.m.

Breakaway Cycling is managing donations that can be made to help the families affected by the tragedy.

ORIGINAL STORY

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- The local cyclist community suffered a tragic loss on Thursday after five bicyclists were killed in a crash on the U.S. 95

Members of this tight community said they couldn't believe that tragedy struck again.

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Roberto Pascani moved to Las Vegas in 2006 and got the news of the fatal crash after finishing his morning ride. He says he is familiar with the site of Thursday's deadly incident.

"The shoulder is not small. You can ride two on it, but it's just sad. I've ridden with all of those people," Pascani said, who is also the director of the Giallo Fluo Vegas Cycling Club.

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The group of cyclists on Thursday was in the midst of a 130-mile ride.

For Pat Treichel, Thursday was not an easy day.

He has been a cyclist for most of his life and knew several in the group.

"One of the gentlemen, who appears to have passed, graduated from my high school class and was dear a friend. I don't think that I can find the right words. It's quite a blow," Treichel said.

Treichel is the founder of Ghost Bikes Las Vegas Cycling Club and checked with several other local groups after the tragic crash.

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Vegas-area cyclists wanted to inform drivers to be careful when they see a bicyclist on the road as several have lost colleagues over the years.