ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A memorial has been vandalized, and it’s not the first time. A ghost bike that marks the spot where an Albuquerque cyclist was hit and killed was vandalized and the man’s widow believe she’s the reason why. A little more than a year ago, someone took apart the memorial bike for Sherry Anderson’s husband. In fact, this is the second bike vandals have tried to destroy and Anderson doesn’t believe it’s a coincidence.
Anderson got the call Friday. A memorial meant to remember her husband was vandalized.
“The front wheel is bent, it’s obviously bent,” says Anderson.
Not only that, someone tampered with the seat and tossed aside rocks with messages of encouragement.
“You could tell from the wheel and just the ground and the rocks that someone had obviously been there trying to get that bike out of the ground,” Anderson explains.
Yet, to get that bike out of the ground would be nearly impossible. It’s welded together and secured with a double rebar. That’s because this isn’t the first time someone’s tampered with David Anderson’s memorial. Last year, around the three-year anniversary of his death, the bike was disassembled piece by piece.
This time, Anderson is angry.
“I finally began to believe that tampering with my husband’s memorial bike is not a random act anymore,” Anderson says.
Anderson hasn’t been shy about holding the justice system accountable and demanding answers in subsequent cases involving Miranda Pacheco – the woman who swerved off the road and struck Anderson’s husband, killing him. Anderson was riding alongside him that day.
“I think this was their way of saying, ‘I don’t like what you said,’ ” says Anderson.
Yet, instead of backing down, Anderson says it’s fueled a positive anger and given her the grit and courage to push on.
“I won’t be intimidated, I’m not someone who will back down. I will always speak my mind,” says Anderson. “I’m not going to stop. I don’t care what it costs me. I don’t care what it costs me, I will not quit.”
Anderson says she feels an obligation to help keep the community safe. It’s why she says she’ll go to every hearing involving her late husband’s case and why she hopes to hold the courts, the police and Miranda Pacheco accountable.
Last month, police say Pacheco was behind the wheel in another crash where she allegedly plowed into a building. APD is awaiting blood test results to see if Pacheco was under the influence at the time.
Pacheco served 90 days in jail for careless driving for the bicyclist’s death.