Alexander was riding his bike early in the morning on his way to work when he was struck from behind by the driver of a tractor trailer. The driver did not stop and has not been found by police.
Alexander was killed on his birthday.
A few days later, Alexander's family installed a ghost bike in his memory.
His distraught family was quoted in the Daily News
“Something needs to be done about that avenue,” said Walter Martinez, the victim’s father. “It’s a tragedy.”
“He was my best friend. He can never be replaced,” said George Martinez, 39, the victim’s brother. “The family wants something done.”
The close-knit family are desperate for witnesses to come forward and
identify the rogue driver that left the scene and tell police what
transpired around 6 a.m. Tuesday.
The family erected a makeshift memorial at the median of the crash site complete with flowers, pictures and birthday balloons. [and a ghost bike]
George Martinez said he wants to make sure that his brother — a baseball fanatic and bird enthusiast — did not die in vain.
“These are the people we’re trying to keep on this earth,” lamented the
older brother, speaking of the need to protect hard-working, family
oriented people like his brother.
“When all this is done with, I’m going to be an advocate for people who bike,” he said.
The family is pleading for the driver to come forward