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Tribute made for bicyclist killed in hit-and-run

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Atlanta police are still searching for the hit-and-run driver that killed an Atlanta bicyclist.

Walter Amey was struck and dragged by a passing car earlier this month in northwest Atlanta. Police said the driver kept going.  Amey, 54, was walking with his bike along Abney Place. He was almost home.

The crime touched David Mathews so much that he made a tribute on a bike for the man he never met.

"I plan on posting it somewhere near the accident site to raise awareness that this affects everybody, everywhere," Mathews said.

After surviving a head-on collision with a car two years back, Mathews says he's painfully aware of how quickly things can change.

"Definitely changed my perspective on life and how we as people can get along a lot better," Mathews said.

Mathews believes that knowing who was behind the wheel will help Amey's family grieve.  He hopes his tribute brings them some comfort and serves as a reminder that people do care.

"Most of the families are just grabbing on to what they can to get by. If I feel that these bikes that I build can help them in any way, then I'll keep making them until it's my time, I guess," Mathews said.

Amey's "ghost bike" will be placed at the accident scene this weekend.

Atlanta police investigators say they have little to go on:  no witnesses, no vehicle description. They're asking for help.

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