ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - It has been just weeks since the three-year anniversary of the death of a bicyclist who was killed on a bike trail near Paseo del Norte when a driver lost control and hit him.
But the victim's family says the painful memories are being brought up all over again as vandals damage the memorial left in David Anderson's honor on multiple occasions.
The family says someone has tampered with the ghost bike placed in memory of David three times in the last three weeks surrounding the anniversary of his death.
Sherry Anderson goes to Paseo del Norte and Rio Grande to remember her husband of 32 years.
She was there when David died while riding on this bike trail after a driver, Miranda Pacheco, says she lost control, flew off Paseo and hit David.
That was March 22nd, 2010.
Three years later, and the memories are resurfacing.
"Even though Dave died here, we want to feel peace not the pain of somebody who is doing what they're doing," Sherry says.
She says this ghost bike, a tribute to David, was vandalized the week before, the week of and the week after the anniversary of his death.
"When you vandalize this place, you just add to a terrible pain that will be with me for the rest of my life," Sherry says.
Jennifer Buntz is the president of Duke City Wheelmen, the group that has dedicated more than 20 ghost bikes to cyclists who have died in traffic accidents.
"It is the same as desecrating a grave, which is just unthinkable," Buntz says.
Most recently, someone stole the seat and handle bars from David's ghost bike.
Sherry is asking for the culprit to right the wrong, and bring them back.
If not, she says, "We are just going to come out here every time and repair it and remember that this is a person who was treasured and loved."
Sherry says Duke City Wheelmen is planning to help her fix up the ghost bike in the next few days.
In October 2012, a judge sentenced Miranda Pacheco to 90 days in jail for the careless driving that led to David's death.
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