Meg Menzies was struck and killed by a drunk driver while on a run Monday morning.
The driver accused of striking and killing a Virginia runner with his car Monday morning is temporary out of jail after he was granted bond by a Hanover County judge.
On Saturday, runners in the Richmond, Va. area where 34-year-old Meg Menzies lived will host a memorial run in her memory. A Facebook group set up for it, called Meg’s Miles, hopes that runners everywhere will join them.
As of mid-afternoon ET Friday, almost 71,000 people have pledged to run on Saturday. They’re encouraged to use the hashtag #Megsmiles in any social media posts related to the run.
Menzies is survived by her husband, Ashland Police Department Sergeant Scott Menzies, and their three children. Sgt. Menzies played an active role in DUI enforcement.
“Meg has equally been a part of our law enforcement family for nearly a decade and her presence in our midst, and especially that of her family, will be sorely missed,” Ashland Police Chief Doug Goodman said in a statement. “With her support, Sergeant Menzies has been a steadfast catalyst for improving safety in our community. Whether working late on DUI enforcement patrols or coming in on his day off to lead a public education program focusing on the dangers of drunk driving, Sgt. Menzies always had her unyielding support. To lose his wife in this manner is simply unfathomable.”
Menzies was a member of the Richmond Road Runners Club and has run the Boston Marathon.
Dr. Michael J. Carlson, 47, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and DUI.