A funeral will be held tomorrow for the 16 year old bicyclist killed by a hit-and-run driver as he rode his bicycle near Charleston, Illinois. Leonard J. Beachy, a member of an Amish community in Flat Rock, Illinois, was struck from behind as he rode with his brothers and two friends on a two-lane road south of Charleston at on July 6th, according to The Southern Illinoisian. The other cyclists were also stuck by the vehicle and were hospitalized . Their conditions have not been reported.
The incident occurred at around 9 p.m. on Lincoln Highway Road as Leonard, his brothers, Jonathan Beachy and Truman Beachy, and his friends, Timothy Zehr and Javin Lehman, were riding southbound back from an Amish farm-trade show, according to WRJM Daily News.com. Shortly after midnight on July 7th police arrested the owner of the vehicle that allegedly struck the cyclists, Samuel Meadows. He has been charged with aggravated driving under the influence and leaving the scene of a personal injury/fatal accident.
Leonard Beachy's funeral will be at 9 a.m. tomorrow at the home of David Raber of Flat Rock, Illinois. Burial will be in the Flat Rock Amish Cemetery, Flat Rock, Illinois. Leonard was an apprentice cabinetmaker and carpenter at Peaceful Valley Cabinetry in Flat Rock.