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Memorial Held To Honor Cyclist Killed In Oakland

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Loved ones remembered a cyclist killed in an Oakland crash Friday.

Susan Hicks was at a red light near Forbes and Bellefield when she was hit from behind. Police say it was a chain reaction crash that trapped Hicks between two cars.

Attempts to revive her were unsuccessful and she died at the hospital.

She was an assistant director at the Center for Russian and East European studies at Pitt.

Saturday her students and co-workers honored her with a vigil.

Flowers and tributes were added to a growing memorial on the Oakland street corner.

"I didn't want her to be alone," said Elain Linn.

Linn was with Hicks at the hospital.

"She was very active," Linn added. "She was a smart biker, a smart woman and we're going to miss her so very, very much and her students will, and I will as a colleague."

More than 100 people gathered on the steps of the Carnegie Music Hall for the candlelight vigil.

The organization Bike Pittsburgh put together the memorial.

"Oakland's tough, it's like running with the bulls out there and it doesn't have to be," said Bike Pittsburgh Executive Dir. Scott Bricker. "We've seen countless cities redesign their streets for everyone. So we're hoping the city and PennDOT will do the same there."

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