Father’s Day Ride held to honor bike accident victim

Elliot Kaminitz died in 2012 while cycling on the streets of Newport.

NEWPORT, R.I. (WPRI) — For the second consecutive year, hundreds of cyclists showed up to remember a man who died biking on the roads he loved.

The second annual Father’s Day Ride, hosted by the Kaminitz family and Bike Newport, not only remembers Elliot Kaminitz, who was hit and killed by a car while riding his bike in 2012, but also makes the community safer for cyclists.

“Elliott loved biking”, said his wife, Renee. “He loved to get up in the morning and just take his bike and go around ocean drive and enjoy the sights and the smells.”

Today’s ride raised money and awareness, while also educating the next generation of cyclists.

“My dad had lots of friends but he didn’t realize how loved I think he was”, said his daughter, Ilicia. “So for him to see this from above is I’m sure still very humbling for him.”

The Father’s Day Ride also offered helmet fittings, bike checks, and offered on-bike skills.

Since Elliot’s death, improved signage and designated bike lanes have been added to many streets throughout Newport.

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