SAN JOSE – After beloved volunteer and avid cycler Ellen Le was tragically killed by an SUV driver while riding last month, volunteers from Veggielution Eastside Connect and Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition planted a tree in honor of her dedication for helping others.
During the commemoration at Emma Prusch Park on Saturday, the groups urged local drivers to slow down on Santa Clara County roads, and said they’re pushing local officials to take serious the need for better road conditions for riders, and take action to create more accessible roads for bicyclists.
Le’s mother Annie Mai, aunt Long Mai and son Quentin Nguyen said they were happy to see the memorial, and to witness the love and memories from the people she worked and volunteered with. Nguyen called Le’s death overwhelming and shocking, but he said it was nice seeing something like the tree planting, which will be enduring, erected by the people she spent her life with.
“It meant enough to her that she spent her time here. It meant enough to the people here that they sort of erected almost what I would consider a shrine. And it’s nice especially because she’s been cremated,” he said. “It’s nice to have almost a physical landmark of something to visit back.”
“Weep not that she has gone but smile that she has been,” a gold plaque placed behind the tree planted for Le reads near the entrance of the fruit and vegetable garden at the park.
Scott Everly, Le’s significant other, called her humble, […]