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Family of Yelm’s hit/killed bicyclist speaks-out to honor him

Bicyclist Martin Valencia killed Aug. 13, 2017
Photo: KOMO-TV 4.

– “Family of cyclist killed by truck in Yelm: ‘Tino really saw the good in everybody'”
“The family of a Thurston County teenager who was hit and killed by a truck while riding his bicycle is now on a mission to honor one of his life-long dreams.

Martin “Tino” Valencia, 19, was on his way to the Walmart store in Yelm on Sunday afternoon when a truck hit him on the shoulder of Highway 507.

‘When I’m trying to sleep, that’s all that I think is someone killed my son,’ Valencia’s mother Theresa told KOMO News on Tuesday afternoon. ‘And it’s so hard to accept that.'”

“It breaks her heart to know her kind, caring, and intelligent boy never got the chance to live out his dream of riding down the west coast to California.

Now, her grieving family is making plans to spread his ashes along the way instead. They’ve created a YouCaring page to help raise money to make the journey happen,” by KOMO News Staff.
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Posted by Steve on August 16, 2017 at 8:37 am | Permalink

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