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Dinner will be waiting for you.

Those were the last words Kay Snopek heard from herhusband before he pedaled his bicycle into the Boone County countryside the night ofAug. 8, 2007.

Mark Snopek, 53, was struck from behind and killed while riding on a rural county road. The driver of the vehicle has never been identified.

Twenty-four cyclists have beenkilled in collisions with motor vehicles on Iowa roads since 2011.

His wife gathered withfriends this week to erect a memorial near the site of the fatal crash. These"ghost bikes" —riderless bicycles painted white and sometimes adorned with flowers and decorations —mark the scenes of cyclingcrashes. Theyhave become more common along Iowa roadways.

Kay Snopek is hopeful the memorial willdraw attention to the long coldcase and possiblystir someone to step forward with information aboutthe crash.

“The pain lessens a little bit over time, but it’s scraping over that wound,"she said of the memorial. “There’s somebody out there who knows something. Whether it’s the person who did it or not… I want that just to be finalized.”

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