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Over 50 friends and relatives of Forrest Fukushima, including his father Eiichi and younger brother Craig, gathered at a spot on N.M. 502 just east of Totavi to remember him Saturday.
A drunk driver struck Fukushima in 1986 while he was pedaling his bike up N.M. 502. He was reportedly training for an “Iron Horse” competition when Alex Naranjo, who is now a municipal judge in Española, struck him with her car.
Though a tire blowout also contributed to the accident, Naranjo reportedly had a blood alcohol level of .18 at the time of the crash, twice the legal limit.
He was 20 when he died.
A “ghost bike,” installed by the Ghost Bike organization, now marks the gathering spot.
Local chapters of Ghost Bike install the memorials as a reminder that bicyclists share the road with vehicles as well.