June 10: 2nd annual Jason McDonald Memorial Ride

JONESBORO, Ark. – A loving husband, father, neighbor and friend who died in a tragic accident, and other fallen cyclists, will be remembered in a memorial ride in June.

The second annual Jason McDonald Memorial Ride will be from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. on June 10 at the Gearhead Cycle House on Main Street in Downtown Jonesboro. 

“Ride with us on June 10th as we honor the memory of Jason and all of the fallen cyclists in our community,” The Facebook event page said. “We will meet at Gearhead Cycle House and the ride will begin at 7:30am. The route will be posted soon.”

McDonald died from injuries sustained in a bicycle-vehicle accident on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, on County Road 766 north of Jonesboro. No charges were ever filed by Craighead County Sheriff’s Office against the driver of the vehicle.

A few weeks prior, he had been interviewed by a Jonesboro Sun reporter (reporter’s note: the author of this story). McDonald’s house had flooded due to poor drainage in a neighborhood of west Jonesboro.

Born in London, Ontario, Canada, Jason was a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland and moved to Paragould, Arkansas, in 1999. He was a systems architect and enjoyed cycling and ham radios.

Survivors included his wife, Aimee King McDonald, one adult daughter and two sons, age 5 and 7.

The first memorial ride was held in 2016, which NEA Report covered. 

The event is being hosted by the Imacyclist Bicycle Club.

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