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Memorial to Lexington lawyer killed in bicycle accident was stolen

A memorial dedicated to Mark Hinkel, a Lexington lawyer who was killed by a suspected drunk driver in Georgetown, has been stolen.
A memorial dedicated to Mark Hinkel, a Lexington lawyer who was killed by a suspected drunk driver in Georgetown, has been stolen. Georgetown Police Department

A memorial dedicated to a Lexington lawyer killed by a suspect drunk driver was stolen, police say.

Mark Hinkel, 57, was killed after he was hit by a truck in Scott County while on his bike in 2015 during the Horsey Hundred, a bike event sponsored by the Bluegrass Cycling Club.

Georgetown assistant police chief Robert Swanigan said police think the memorial to Hinkel was stolen in the past two weeks. The memorial, featuring a bicycle painted white, was secured through a concrete mount and had to be physically taken apart to be removed. The memorial was on Lemons Mill Road, the same road where Hinkel was hit.

The driver who hit Hinkel, Odilon Paz-Salvador, was charged with murder, two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident/failure to render aid, fleeing or evading police, and driving without a license.

In August, a judge refused to move Paz-Salvador’s trial. A hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Dec. 8 to determine whether Paz-Salvador’s statements and any evidence should be suppressed after he allegedly made statements without being read his Miranda rights while in police custody, according to court documents.

Swanigan said police did not have a suspect in the memorial theft. Police are asking that anyone with information about the theft call 502-863-7820 or submit anonymous tips using the MyPD app.

Trey Crumbie: 859-231-3261, @CrumbieHLeader

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