This ghost bike was washed away by Hurricane Sandy, we replaced it on May 10, 2014.
Andre Anderson was struck from behind and killed while riding his bike on a neighborhood street near his home. Years later, despite evidence of officers failing to follow proper accident investigation procedure and of reckless driving and other traffic violations by the driver, his killer Jose Vicens has not received so much as a ticket, further witnesses to Andre's death have not been questioned, and the Queens District Attorney has not pursued the case. Andre's family continues to demand a complete investigation of Andre's death and safer street design of Shore Front Parkway and have petitioned to name the local skate park after him. In 2013 Andre's mother was featured in a NYC DOT campaign against reckless driving.
Andre's mother Audrey sent us these words:
Andre Frederick Anderson was only 14 years old when he was fatally struck and killed while riding his bicycle on September 24, 2005 on Shorefront Parkway in Queens. I still cannot understand why Jose Vicens killed him. How could he admit to seeing him from blocks away, but did not think of slowing down, changing lanes, or honking his horn as he closed in on this child? He admits to all of that. This is such a contrast to his initial statement on the accident report but still he is a free man...
Andre was a very smart and vibrant individual who loved life. He possessed one of the most beautiful personalities I could ever imagine; he always knew what to do to make me smile even when we had just had a dispute. Cycling was his passion and when he spoke about riding his bike his facial expression left you at ah.
He was my first child and only son but most importantly the love of my life. We were never afraid of expressing our love for each other. He had such a beautiful soul; he never saw the bad in anything; he must have been an ANGEL. I became a better person the first time I laid my eyes on him. I surely miss him and will always cherish all the great memories we shared. Andre was only 14 but we shared a beautiful life; he can never be forgotten.
RIDE IN PEACE DRE - I NOW KNOW THE TRUTH
Further information about Andre's case and improper procedure in the investigation can be found at http://times-up.org/index.php?page=ghost_bikes_anderson.