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Larry Jones, 46, suffered life-ending injuries when hit by a motor vehicle on Ivy Road in 2010. Larry Jones, 46, suffered life-ending injuries when hit by a motor vehicle on Ivy Road in 2010.
JOPLIN, MISSOURI -

July 17, 2015 marks the 5th anniversary of the death of avid cyclist Larry Leon Jones, 46.  This is not an anniversary we choose to celebrate, but an anniversary to remember our fellow cyclist and remind others of the devastating loss that is possible when roadways are not shared safely.  Larry suffered life-ending injuries when hit by a motor vehicle on Ivy road in 2010.  Within one week, Mark Morris was riding with another cyclist, in honor of Larry was hit on 43 Highway between Joplin and Seneca.  Mark still suffers from severe injuries he sustained that day.  

Ruth Sawkins, founder of Rufus Racing started the LOOK campaign in 2010 following these two incidents to raise awareness for cyclist, runners and pedestrians with billboards and public service announcements.  Joplin and the surrounding areas have experienced exponential growth of health conscience communities and along with this growth; more non-motored vehicles and pedestrians are on the roadways.  Sadly, motorist and cyclist collisions continue to take precious lives regularly in our area.  LOOK 4 States is continuing the work to raise awareness and will host a ride this Friday, July 17th at 5:30 pm.  

The ride will begin at Blues Bike Company at 1825 S. Main in Joplin and will conclude at the corner of 4th and Joplin, outside of Tamko, where a "Ghost Bike" will be placed in honor of our fallen cyclists.

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