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Top Stories 2012: Ossining Cyclist Killed In Briarcliff

Ossining's Jane Shakman was killed while riding her bicycle in July in Briarcliff Manor.
Ossining's Jane Shakman was killed while riding her bicycle in July in Briarcliff Manor. Photo Credit: Photo Courtesy Stu Shakman

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. – As 2012 draws to an end, The Briarcliff Daily Voice is looking back at some of the top stories of the year .

Ossining’s Jane Shakman was killed in July when she was hit by a car in Briarcliff Manor.

The 62-year-old was riding her bike in July along Chappaqua Road when she was hit by a 2003 Honda driven by 26-year-old Briarcliff Manor resident Valerie Naber at the intersection of Chappaqua Road and Tappan Terrace.

Hundreds of residents paid their respects to Shakman, who also volunteered at the SPCA of Westchester, during a funeral service following the accident. Shakman also spent several years helping organize events with the Westchester Cycle Club and the Bike Walk Alliance of Westchester and Putnam. The two organizations planned to honor Shakman’s memory with a “Ghost Bike” at the site where she was struck along Chappaqua Road and Tappan Terrace, but organizers said  in November that will no longer happen. Shakman's family members dedicated a bench in her honor at the SPCA in November .

Naber was charged with operating a vehicle while having a suspended license, not having a license in her possession and driving an uninspected vehicle. But the investigation into further charges was dropped after family members declined an autopsy on Shakman.

See more top stories of 2012 .

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