MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A memorial bike ride held Saturday afternoon honored a man who was killed after being hit by a van two weeks ago.

Charles Lord, 65, had just checked out a Nice Ride bike when a van jumped the sidewalk and hit him in Minneapolis.

Lord was then dragged a short distance.

Witnesses say the van stopped after hitting a building before the driver, 32-year-old Eric Lee, fled the scene.

Police arrested Lee shortly after the accident.

Dozens showed up for the ride in support of Lord despite not knowing him.

They hoped to show support for his family and friends going through this tough time.

“We’re all part of a community, and so my understanding is that right when he was hit there were a lot of people from the neighborhood that came forward and were trying to help him. The north side is a strong community and people come together,” Ethan Fawley of the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition said.

Lord was a postal service mail handler.

He often used Nice Ride to commute to and from his job.

Lord also volunteered at North Memorial Medical Center.


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