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Cyclists Unite After Man Killed by Alleged DUI Driver
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LAS VEGAS -- A candlelight vigil will he held in memory of a 27-year-old man who died while bicycling on a city street. Francisco De Jesus was riding his bike on Rampart near Sun City Summerlin Tuesday when his bicycle was struck by a vehicle. Minutes later, Metro arrested a driver for DUI.

De Jesus was a nurse at Desert Springs Hospital, according to his fiance Contessa. Too upset to talk, she sat down and showed us pictures of Francisco.

His family and friends describe him as having a bright future with everything going for him.

The spray-painted crime scene markers show where De Jesus was hit. Metro arrested driver Feliciano Gonzales for DUI. Witnesses say Gonzales tried to hide out in the parking lot of a nearby bar after the crash.

Now fellow bicyclists walk that stretch of road with a growing fear.

"It's a lot more fun to have fresh air when you ride a bike, but its not worth if it you can die," said rider Valerie Barkhuff.

De Jesus was a member of the 4:50 Bicycle Club. The same club that nearly lost one of its own in a hit and run this February.

Jeff Edwards was hit and seriously injured. Fellow bicyclists united to trying to find the hit and run driver, but had no luck.

De Jesus's death is becoming a rallying point for bike safety in the Las Vegas area. Doctor James Cullen is an instructor for the League of American Bicyclists and says that while RTC is making better bike paths, there is room for improvement.

"We have a saying and the saying is 'Cyclists fare best when they're treated and act as operators of vehicles.' In Nevada, a bicycle is not a vehicle. It's a strange quirk we have in the motor vehicle code," he said.

De Jesus was at the end of his long morning ride when he was killed. Home was just one mile up the road.

Fellow bike club members and De Jesus's family are gathering at 7:30 p.m. near Marche Baccus restaurant in Summerlin for a candlelight vigil and a memorial ride through the area.

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