Memorial ride set to honor teen cyclist killed by a drunk driver

(Photo: Fetner Daniel/Facebook)

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A memorial ride will be held later this month to honor Daniel Fetner, the teen killed by an impaired driver back in July.

Organizers say “Daniel’s Ride” is a memorial bicycle ride to honor him, as well as all other cyclists killed on NC roadways. This is a casual 5 or 10-mile ride that will remain within Carolina Beach State Park, one of his favorite spots in Carolina Beach.

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Friends say 17-year-old Daniel was so passionate about bike riding that he had visited 3-4 states via bicycle. He particularly loved biking along the coast, and travelling via bike to visit and fellowship with people he knew, as well as those he would meet along the way. He shared his mileage and incredible photos from the road via social media. Fetner was killed on July 19 when he was struck from behind by an impaired motorist on Civietown Road in Supply. A Brunswick County man was charged with DWI and felony death by motor vehicle.

Family and friends say Daniel was a very unique young man. He loved meeting new people, and visiting with people of all ages. At his memorial service, his father described how Daniel was a math prodigy, developing algorithms in early elementary school.  Additionally, he practically had a “GPS in his head.” He knew the easiest, safest roads to access any location in southeastern NC.  He would have graduated from Pathways High School this Spring, 2018, with hopes of becoming a meteorologist.

Daniel’s Ride will be held Saturday, October 21 @ 2 p.m. (rain date: October 22 @2 p.m.), starting at the marina at Carolina Beach State Park.  This is a ride for all ages, although riders should be able to complete a 5 or 10-mile route.  An adult must accompany children under 14 years.

Riders are encouraged to pre-register for the event online at ($12 for adults and $10 for 13 years and younger). Daniel’s Ride t-shirts will be guaranteed if registered online by Oct. 7 at 11:59 p.m. The ride will be limited to 125 participants.  There will also be on-site registration from 1-2pm on event day at the marina if there are still any open slots; however, the cost will increase to $15 for adults and $12 for children 13 years and younger.

There will be opportunities to donate to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and Bike Walk NC ( at the event.