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Hundreds participate in Rod Bennett Memorial Bike ride

Posted: June 11, 2016 12:47 p.m.
Updated: June 11, 2016 12:47 p.m.
An estimated 300 riders turn into the Santa Clarita City Hall Parking lot from Valencia Boulevard as they participate in the Rod Bennett Memorial Bike Ride on Saturday. Signal photo by Dan Watson. An estimated 300 riders turn into the Santa Clarita City Hall Parking lot from Valencia Boulevard as they participate in the Rod Bennett Memorial Bike Ride on Saturday. Signal photo by Dan Watson.
An estimated 300 riders turn into the Santa Clarita City Hall Parking lot from Valencia Boulevard as they participate in the Rod Bennett Memorial Bike Ride on Saturday. Signal photo by Dan Watson.
Damian Kevitt, left, executive director of SAFE (Streets Are For Everyone), who lost his right leg in a hit-and-run cycling accident, speaks about making streets safer for bike riders on at Santa Clarita City Hall on Saturday. An estimated 300 cyclists rode from Placerita Junior High School to City Hall during the Rod Bennett Memorial Bike Ride. Signal photo by Dan Watson. Damian Kevitt, left, executive director of SAFE (Streets Are For Everyone), who lost his right leg in a hit-and-run cycling accident, speaks about making streets safer for bike riders on at Santa Clarita City Hall on Saturday. An estimated 300 cyclists rode from Placerita Junior High School to City Hall during the Rod Bennett Memorial Bike Ride. Signal photo by Dan Watson.
Damian Kevitt, left, executive director of SAFE (Streets Are For Everyone), who lost his right leg in a hit-and-run cycling accident, speaks about making streets safer for bike riders on at Santa Clarita City Hall on Saturday. An estimated 300 cyclists rode from Placerita Junior High School to City Hall during the Rod Bennett Memorial Bike Ride. Signal photo by Dan Watson.
An estimated 300 riders observe a moment of silence in the Santa Clarita City Hall parking lot as they participate in the Rod Bennett Memorial Bike Ride on Saturday. Signal photo by Dan Watson. An estimated 300 riders observe a moment of silence in the Santa Clarita City Hall parking lot as they participate in the Rod Bennett Memorial Bike Ride on Saturday. Signal photo by Dan Watson.
An estimated 300 riders observe a moment of silence in the Santa Clarita City Hall parking lot as they participate in the Rod Bennett Memorial Bike Ride on Saturday. Signal photo by Dan Watson.
Some of the estimated 300 cyclists leave Santa Clarita City Hall Parking lot and ride on Valencia Blvd. as they participate in the Rod Bennett Memorial Bike ride on Saturday. Signal photo by Dan Watson. Some of the estimated 300 cyclists leave Santa Clarita City Hall Parking lot and ride on Valencia Blvd. as they participate in the Rod Bennett Memorial Bike ride on Saturday. Signal photo by Dan Watson.
Some of the estimated 300 cyclists leave Santa Clarita City Hall Parking lot and ride on Valencia Blvd. as they participate in the Rod Bennett Memorial Bike ride on Saturday. Signal photo by Dan Watson.
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About 300 people got on their bicycles Saturday morning to join in the Rod Bennett Memorial Bike Ride in remembrance of the Arroyo Seco Junior High School teacher who died on Placerita Canyon Road, hit by a car while riding his bicycle.

The cyclists started at Placerita Junior High School and rode to Santa Clarita City Hall, where a moment of silence was observed. 

Bennett, 53, was killed May 25 in a hit-and-run traffic collision. He was riding his bicycle on Placerita Canyon Road late that afternoon when he was hit from the rear by a car. He died at the scene.

The CBS Cycling Club of Santa Clarita organized Saturday's memorial ride, meant to honor Bennett and other fallen riders, as well as to raise awareness and remind everyone that people on bikes have a legal right to share the road with people in cars.

Riders remained silent throughout the duration of the ride in respect for the dead - reminding participants, organizers said, that sometimes people speak loudest when they take action.

A Canyon Country man, Lucas James Guidroz, 28, turned himself in two days after the collision that killed Bennett and was later arraigned on charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and hit-and-run driving resulting in death or serious injury to another person, District Attorney's Office spokeswoman Shiara Davila-Morales said.

Guidroz is scheduled to appear back in court June 16 to set a date for a preliminary hearing.

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