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Friends Remember Man Killed While Riding His Bike


Roanoke, VA - Friends of the man killed while riding his bike are remembering his life.

Earl Wright, 59, got hit by a van Monday night in Roanoke.

Rikki Reynolds is charged with Involuntary Manslaughter while DWI and DUI.

Wednesday investigators were processing evidence obtained through search warrants filed on both medical records and on the vehicle involved in the case.

Investigators are also still determining whether a lack of lighting along the stretch of Franklin Road is also to blame for Wright's death.

Earl Wright was about halfway home from his second shift job as a dishwasher when a minivan, that police say Rikki Reynolds was driving, slammed into him as he pedaled in the right lane.

Scattered across the scene the signs of a hard working man: His apron, his hat, his thermos.

Co-worker Don Sober says Wright had made the trip up and down Franklin Road many times for at least the past ten years as he made his way between his southwest Roanoke apartment and Ragazzi's out in the Tanglewood area of Roanoke County.

"Just a great person. Always came to work. Never called out. He was just a super guy. Super guy," said owner Robbie Hibbs.

While Earl Wright might not have been one of the famous guys, he was definitely one of those people a lot of people in Roanoke knew. Several years ago he was one of those colorful characters that you'd see in downtown Roanoke. Often times on Roanoke's Market Square on his bike.

"Earl was a good man. I don't know how to explain it. If you knew Earl you would know what I was talking about," said Sober.

Which is how those that knew him best describe him; the same way they would like others, who didn't really know Earl Wright, to remember him as well.

"It hurt a lot of people. It did. I mean, you know... there were a couple of big guys here that were really heart hurt," said Sober.

Sober adds that in the eight years he knew him he never saw Wright accept a ride except for one time when his bike had a flat.

Wright's sister, Judy, say that's because he was in a car accident as a child and was never comfortable riding in them after.

Wright been faithfully riding a bike since he was 17.

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