Fundraiser launched for family of cyclist killed on highway

Ryan Taylor left behind a wife and two young sons

A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to raise money for the wife and two children of a cyclist hit and killed by an alleged drunk driver.

Ryan Taylor, 32, was riding his bicycle along Highway 2 between Highway 11 and 32nd Street around 12:45 a.m. last Saturday when he was struck and killed by a southbound vehicle.

Taylor was married to Alyssa with two sons, two years and 10 months old.

“Alyssa is nearing the end of her maternity leave when this utter tragedy struck her life,” says Jeannie Amundson, who is organizing the fundraiser.

“While Ryan may have had a colourful past, in the last few years, he sincerely made positive changes in his life to better his family,” says Amundson.

“Alyssa is left to care for these young boys without any financial assistance. This young couple did not have insurance of any sort and she wasn’t left with much at all.

“Alyssa needs some time to mourn the tragic loss of Ryan and learn how to live without him and the support and care he provided to his young family.”

Amundson said since Alyssa was not yet prepared to return to work, she does not have child care in place. It is hoped $20,000 can be raised to help pay for funeral expenses and so Alyssa does not have to rush back to work.

“Anything you can spare would help this little family get by in this tragic, unexpected moment.”

Edwin Aklamanu, 36, of Edmonton, has been charged with failing to provide a breath sample causing death and operation of a vehicle while impaired causing death.

He is scheduled to appear in Red Deer provincial court on Oct. 16.

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