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Louisville bicyclist remembered

LOUISIVLLE, KY (WAVE) - For a second year, friends and family of a bicyclist struck and killed are honoring her life.

A bicycle has been chained to a tree on Bardstown Road as memorial for Jennifer Futrell. Futrell was hit while riding her bike down Bardstown Road.

The accident happened around 2:30 in the afternoon on September 30, 2008. Futrell's family says she was on life support for several days, never regaining consciousness. She died at the hospital on October 4th.

Sunday, isn't only about remembering the 27-year-old, it's also about giving the message to drive safely when there is a bicyclist sharing the road with you.

Jennifer's mom, Barbara Hedspeth, hopes to one day see a bicycle lane down Bardstown Road. Hedspeth says this time of year, a ton of emotions come back to her, but knowing her friends are still honoring her daughter's memory helps.

"The fact that her friends have organized Jen day again this year is very comforting," said Hedspeth. "I guess the worse thing that can happen that can be worse than losing your child is that she would be forgotten. This is certainly a gift to me."

Hedspeth says Metro Council President, Tom Owen, is standing behind having a permanent memorial at the site where Futrell was hit. WAVE 3 is told it would be a bicycle rack.

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