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‘Ride of Silence’ for fallen Charles City cyclist touts 90+ riders, many more attendees; memorial service to be held Saturday

On Sunday, Charles Citian and cyclist Ellen Bengtson was hit by a truck while biking and died. On Tuesday, nearly 100 cyclists met from all over Iowa to celebrate her life by participating in a ‘Ride of Silence’.

‘Ride of Silence’ is an international bike ride to commemorate those who have been killed on public roads.

The entire group met at The Pub on the Cedar at 6 p.m. and before embarking on the ride, were met with a prayer from local Pastor Mike Downey.

Downey preached about how Bengtson’s ‘Ride of Silence’ is not the first he has attended in his life. He also keyed-in on Bengtson’s kindness, and how she was able to show it through her time in the community, in the church orchestra, and in the Rotary Club.

The ride started down Clark Street, snaked past the Charles City High School and looped back onto Main Street. For most of the ride, the Charles City Police Department assisted in blocking off roadways so the 90-plus cyclists could stay together.

A memorial service will be held to celebrate the life of Bengtson on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Bethany Alliance Church’s Center (807 South Main Street). The service will also be live-streamed on Bethany’s Facebook page. The church asks those who would like to attend to wear a mask, bring a lawn chair, and practice social distancing.

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Carter Melrose

Carter bullied his way onto the KCHA radio waves after spending 4 years at the University of Iowa as a studying journalist. He writes news, short stories, features, but more than anything, he has a proclivity to wax philosophically.
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