Community honors avid cyclist after being killed in crash

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Friends and family gathered to remember the life of 39-year-old Laura Wooldridge on Thursday. A preacher at New Life Church in North Little Rock prayed, "Heavenly father we trust in your wisdom even though we might not always understand why things happen."

Wooldridge crashed her bike while riding trails in Eureka Springs. Emergency crews were called to the scene, but she died after first responders had problems placing a breathing tube in her neck.

The preacher continued, "we ask that your love and compassion lift and support us in this difficult time."

Hundreds of people in the biking community showed their respect for the person many are calling a hero.

"She challenged a lot of us to not be self-serving but to be people serving and this is their way of showing the world what she meant to them," Scott Penrod explained. Bike riders strapped on their gear and took to their pedals to not only remember Wooldridge, but honor her by riding along one of her favorite bike trails in North Little Rock.

Virginia Buff explained, "I'm kind of saddened that plans have changed a little bit now." Buff was in the process of moving to Little Rock to train more with Wooldridge. She was brought to tears as she realized that a person she has grown to love is no longer here. "I haven't even known her a full year yet and I'm already heartbroken. I can't even begin to fathom how her family is doing," Buff added.

Like so many others, Wooldridge's husband simply could not find the words to speak. Everyone in attendance will be taking each day one pedal at a time.


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