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Yuma hit and run still remains unsolved

The Yuma Bicycle Coalition dedicated a memorial bike to Alan Cunningham on 32nd Street

YUMA, Ariz. (KECY, KYMA) - On January 20, 2022, Alan Cunningham's family and friends should be with him celebrating his golden birthday.

Instead, they're still searching for justice.

Cunningham was hit by a car and killed riding his bike crossing 32nd Street on May 5, 2021.

Yuma Police say the car that hit him is a Chrysler 200, between the model years 2011 to 2013.

But the investigation is still open.

“We’re feeling very emotional right now. Alan’s not here. He would be here celebrating his birthday today," Alan's mom, Cecilia Rodriguez said.

Alan's family and friends gather next to his memorial bike dedicated to him by the Yuma Bicycle Coalition

But his memory, and legacy live on, as his friends say Alan always put a smile on their face.

“Everything I do in my day-to-day life, I try to do a little bit better. For him," Angel Gomez said.

Memorial bike

On his birthday, the Yuma Bicycle Coalition is dedicating a memorial bike to Alan.

This is to alert riders and drivers that they should take extra safety measures in the area.

“Memorial bikes have been something in the bicycle community across the country. When someone loses their life in a bicycle incident we try and remember the spot,” Gene Dalbey said.

Also, out to support Alan was Yuma City Councilman Mike Shelton; he hopes today’s gathering will convince someone who knows something to come forward.

YPD's investigation into the hit-and-run remains ongoing.

“It’s really gratifying to see so many friends and family here, a lot of honking going on in the street, it shows Yuma is a really caring community," Shelton said.

Alan’s mom says at this point in the investigation, she is hoping for someone to have the courage to admit to their crime.

“I advise, for anyone that does know anything about the accident, to do the right thing, not only for themselves but everyone here,” Rodriguez said.

There is a cash reward for anyone who brings forward information that leads to the arrest of the person who hit and killed Alan Cunningham.

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