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Sunday bike ride remembers victims of drunk driving

Matthew Beard
Posted at 7:45 PM, Jun 30, 2013
and last updated 2014-06-11 05:43:51-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)--A bicycle ride honors a Florida State University student who police say was killed by a drunk driver.

Dozens of people and the the Florida State Police Department participated in the in the 5th  Annual Matthew Beard Ride to Sea.

Bikers road 12 miles to honor beard, who died in 2006, and others killed in alcohol-related accidents.  

The ride started at the St. Mark's trailhead at Wakulla Station and ended where the St. Mark's River meets the Gulf of Mexico.

June 28, 2013 3:26 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- Members of the Florida State University community are hosting a free memorial ride Saturday to pay tribute to a former student killed by a drunk driver.

Matthew Beard was described as being an accomplished scholarship student majoring in Marine Biology at FSU. On December 29, 2006 Beard died after being hit by a drunk driver several days before.

"This terrible, preventable loss not only devastated Matt's mother and family, but truly cannot ever be measured in how it affects all that knew, loved, or benefited in their relationship with him," Major Jim Russell with FSU Police Department and helping to promote the memorial ride.

On Sunday, June 30 members of the FSU and Tallahassee community will take part in a 12-mile bike ride to honor Matt and others who lost their lives by a drunk driver.

The ride, free to join, will begin at 9 a.m. the St. Mark's Trailhead at Wakulla Station and travel to the St. Mark's River Park, where the St. Mark's River enters the Gulf of Mexico. On the riverbank, riders will be able to pledge themselves never to drink and drive and be willing to be a designated driver.

For more information contact Major Jim Russell at the FSU Police Department at