Chesapeake Beach, MD – Over 90 cyclists came to Calvert County Sunday, Nov. 22 to ride and remember a couple killed last month when their tandem cycle was struck by a motor vehicle. The event, billed as a “Ghost Bike Placement Ride,” started at Beach Elementary School around 11 a.m.

A brief ceremony took place on Tobacco Road in Chesapeake Beach as friends and family of John Fauerby and Lynne Rosenbusch {pictured above) placed a white tandem cycle at the site of the fatal collision. The cycle was donated by a bicycle shop in Mt. Airy.

Fauerby and Rosenbusch, both of Clarksburg, died Saturday afternoon, Oct. 31 after a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Catherine Frances Lyon, 62 of Huntingtown, struck the rear of the tandem on Tobacco Road, ejecting both riders. Both the tandem and the Jeep were traveling north.

According to documents on file in District Court of Maryland for Calvert County, Lyon initially told deputies responding to the crash site “that she was driving on Tobacco Road, saw two people on the side of the road and stopped to check on them.” However, deputies saw red paint from the bicycle on the hood of the Jeep.

“Vehicle parts from the Jeep were also found lying on the roadway with parts of the cycle,” Deputy M. Trigg of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office stated in court documents. According to the deputy’s account, Lyon had alcohol on her breath and admitted she had consumed “a few cocktails” that day. She was later administered the Intox EC/IR-II breath test and blew a .12 BrAC.

Lyon was charged with two counts each of negligent auto homicide while under the influence and homicide with a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol. She was released on $200,000 bond the following day. A hearing on the case is tentatively set for Jan. 27 in district court.

“John and Lynne were avid cyclists and touched many lives,” friend Mark Alpert wrote in Potomac Pedalers News. “It seems John and Lynne were active in all the local bike organizations from Oxon Hill and Anne Arundel to Frederick and probably beyond. This loss is felt very deeply in our community.”

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