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BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — One woman is turning her grief into a safety movement after her husband is killed while biking in Baltimore County.

Monique Griego reports with more on Larry’s Ride.

In April 2010, Larry Bensky and a friend were riding on Butler Road in Baltimore County when all of a sudden, a car crashed into them from behind.

“The woman who hit Larry said she had seen Larry and thought she’d given enough distance to clear,” said Tami Bensky, Larry’s wife.

It only took a few seconds for Tami Bensky’s life to change forever. By the time she arrived at the scene, Larry Bensky– the father of her two daughters– was dead.

“Through that tragedy I just felt compelled to do something to raise awareness on bicycle safety issues,” said Tami Bensky. “Just bring attention to something that seems so simple but is elusive to many drivers.”

Tami Bensky channeled her grief into creating Larry’s Ride, a bike ride to honor her husband.

The third annual event kicks off Saturday at Spring Meadow Farms. The ride raises money for Bike Maryland and hopes to raise awareness about bike safety.

“They say speed kills and it’s true,” said Carol Silldorff, the Executive Director of Bike Maryland.

She says Tami Bensky’s story compelled her to get involved.

“It really put a face and a family to slowing down and allowing adequate space while passing and paying attention while on the road,” said Silldorff.

Tami Bensky says while the goal is to increase safety and save lives, seeing hundreds of people hit the road to honor her husband offers some comfort as well.

“It’s a great time to remember Larry and see the achievements we’ve done through our work. It’s a feel-good moment,” said Tami Bensky.

Larry’s Ride will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Spring Meadow Farms.

This year there’s also a walk to accompany the ride. Food and activities will be held afterwards.

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