Kimberly Hull memorial bike ride draws more than 100 mourners
This rotten, cold, damp April was no match for more than 100 bike riders who turned out yesterday evening for a memorial ride through Dinkytown in honor of Kimberly Hull, the U of M student who died last week when her bike crashed into a dump truck.
Organized on Facebook by a man she never met named Kyle Torfin, the ride started in Van Cleeve park and ran right past the spot across from McDonald's at 15th and 4th where Hull fell on the morning of April 21.
A rider posted this memorial to Hull on Facebook.
A ghost bike stands near the site, and the riders passed it 25 times while riding the 17-mile circuit to mark Hull's age. As requested by those who knew some of her favorite things, a few riders wore wore white, while others wore cat costumes and head gear.
"We really appreciate knowing how much she is loved," her father Harry Hull said during a send-off while standing atop a wooden bench in the dreary weather. Referring to her by the name reserved for her closest family, he said, "For those of you who don't know Audrey and are here to ride in her memory, we thank you for that also."
In her obit, Hull was described as a citizen of the world. She'd lived lived in Santa Fe, N.M. and Coppet, Switzerland, before moving with family to St. Paul. She taught English in Japan, traveled extensively in Europe and Asia, and was supposed to have graduated from the U in just a few weeks.
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