"My Friend Died Here"

by Diane Butts March. 08, 2020 341 views

Bike Life Memorial Tribute, Brooklyn NY

(100 Strangers Project) 16/100

Danijela, friend of cyclist killed by a hit and run driver

Danijela, friend of cyclist killed by a hit and run driver

“I lost my friend right here. I sit here sometimes to be close to her. This is her memorial, and her ghost bike is over there.

"Aurilla was a messenger like me - we’re a part of the bike life community. She was wearing a bright orange hat just like that guy across the street. And she still got hit.

Danijela and Aurilla are part of the "bike life" messenger community.

Danijela and Aurilla are part of the "bike life" messenger community.

"It was the day after we returned from a vacation in Aruba. February 28 – one year ago. It was a hit and run, and I still don’t have her bike. They promised me I could get it. It should be ready soon.

"She was a musician – she played the flute and she was singer. She was pool shark – I’m mean she was really good; she could beat the best of the best.

"You should’ve seen the ride-out in her honor – we all rode through the street, in the middle of the street. My name is Danijela, and I’m from Bosnia in the former Yugoslavia.”

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