Remembering John Paul Frerer

By Deste Lee/NEMS Daily Journal

Roses lie beside a memorial for John Paul Frerer along Hwy. 6 on Saturday. The Tupelo High School student, who was an avid cyclist, was killed in an accident on Aug. 13, 2009, while riding his bicycle from Tupelo to Oxford on the day before his senior year was to begin.

A cross with a St. Christopher medal hangs from one of the pedals, and the Bible verse “The Lord has become my fortress, and my God the rock in whom I trust” from Psalm 94:22 in on the bike.

The John Paul Frerer Bicycle Safety Act was signed into law in March 2010 and went into effect on July 1 of that year. It requires motorists to provide a three-foot buffer when passing bicyclists along the road and penalizes those who harass, taunt or toss objects at cyclists.