Eric 22 years old and had just started teaching math in a Brooklyn public school. He was killed by a drunk driver while riding on the protected bike path on Manhattan's west side.
Eric's friends created a ghost bike for him, and held a memorial ride on Saturday, December 9th. Nick Ngolebiewski made a silent Super 8 film of the memorial ride.
Eric's friend Ryan wrote:
On Friday, December 1, Eric Ng was riding his bike up the West Side bike path. He was on his way from a show to a party — that was Eric, always busy, always seeing people — when a fucking drunk driver ran him down. The driver had traveled at speed for over a mile on the bike path, ignoring dozens of exits, literally dozens of chances to return to the road. Dozens of choices. The car hit Eric with such force that his bike was crushed, he was thrown into the air, his tire and shoe landing fifty feet away. The horrific details are in the news, if you want them.
Eric. What can I even say? If you knew him, you know. I met Eric at NYU, four years ago. He was three years younger than me. Straight outta Jersey, a beautiful punk rock kid with a constant smile on a direct line from a big heart. A staccato laugh like a snare drum in a string section. A teddy bear with muscles. I remember his guitar, taped together & with a few screws missing, the one time we played music together: “Dude. I think we should play it faster.”
And now a phone call and a shock. Not Eric. I feel old too soon; Eric was 22 perfectly. A body full of honest energy and a face like contagious hope.
I’ve been making ghost bikes for strangers for a year and a half. Eric’s is not the first that made me cry, but it’s the first that made me hurt. A big group of Eric’s friends spent the weekend mourning, talking, and, finally, making. We made a ghost bike for him on Saturday and sunflowers on Sunday. Eric’s memorial plaque reads “Love & Rage” — no resting in peace for this rock star.
Eric's death prompted an extraordinary outpouring of grief and outrage. Christopher Cardinale painted a larger-than-life portrait of Eric as part of a series of cyclist memorials. Seth Mulvey painted a series of large-scale paintings depicting Eric's bike and its environment.