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    Truck hits, injures bicyclist; police say teen driver was text-messaging
    By The Denver Post


    Highlands Ranch - A text- messaging teenager behind the wheel of a Chevrolet truck ran over a 63-year-old bicyclist in Highlands Ranch at about 6:45 p.m. Wednesday.

    The victim was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, said Lt. Alan Stanton of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

    The newer-model truck was eastbound on Wildcat Reserve Parkway just west of Summit View Road when it crossed into the eastbound lane and collided with the bicycle, Stanton said.

    The victim, whose name wasn't immediately released, was airlifted by helicopter to a local hospital.

    Stanton said the initial investigation revealed the young driver was text-messaging on his cellphone when the accident occurred.
    It isn't believed that alcohol, drugs or excessive speed were a factor in the accident.

    The youth was released to his parents at the scene.

    Both the truck driver and the bicyclist are residents of Highlands Ranch, Stanton said.


    As a pre-script to this thread, on behalf of the moderators and administrators on the forum, I thought I would give a heads up about sydney.

    sydney (didn't like his name to be capitalized) was a member of our forums since January 24, 2004. Incredibly, during the nearly two years that he posted on this forum, he posted over 14 posts per day and over ninety-four hundred posts, with the majority of them being in the Bike Mechanics Forum, elevating him to the fifth highest poster of the over thirty thousand members (as of today, November 26, 2005).

    Earlier this week, sydney (real name Jim Price, of Littleton, CO) was riding in the bike lane when a 17 year old who was driving and text messaging on his cell phone drifted over into the bike lane and struck Jim, seriously injuring him. The paramedics did cpr on the scene, then took him to the hospital, where he remained on life support, until his family could reach his side. Later, his family took him off life support. Jim died.

    We remember sydney here and we honor him with our memories, and we do keep him alive. He is not of this world anymore, but his spirit will always remain with us. He lives through these forums. He lives through our memories. We will always remember sydney for his profoundly prolific contributions. No matter how brash or abrasive he was, he was always well respected, sought after for advice, and gave incredible advice to people, often going out of his way to elaborate on subjects. No subject was ever treated with anything but total seriousness when dealing with bikes. It is clear sydney loved cycling. It is also clear he was an authority on the subject, and was a great help to many members here.

    It is sad that we were not able to express our gratitude to sydney fully for the wisdom he gave. His life was taken well before his time, and though we all wish we could express to him our thanks and praise him for the wonderful advice he gave, we know that is not possible. We do hope, however, that Jim's family will take comfort in knowing that this thread will remain here in honor of sydney. We also ask that Jim's family feel free to return here and continue to participate and use sydney's username and account. I think we would all take some comfort in that.

    I end this by using the words of sydney's daughter, Kimberlee when she quoted her father-
    Ride Hard, Live Long and Never Give Up!!


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    Regarding sydney

    Are you here? I don't have a question or anything, I just would like to hear you are still here.

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    I think he's busy smoking carpet.

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    it´s better to let sleeping dogs lie

    edit: I was just joking but it seems in very poor taste now.

    Its really outrageous - cars suck

    - RIP Sydney-
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    Hi, Just curious were you wondering like me if he might be Jim Price aka biker_billy on the other forum that was reportedly killed by motorist while cycling in the Denver area? I was certainly saddened by reports of Billy's death. He was a valuable source of information and an avid cyclist. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by montana_cyclist
    Hi, Just curious were you wondering like me if he might be Jim Price aka biker_billy on the other forum that was reportedly killed by motorist while cycling in the Denver area? I was certainly saddened by reports of Billy's death. He was a valuable source of information and an avid cyclist. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
    Yes, Montana, That is exactly what I fear.

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    I hadn't thought of it until you mentioned it, but they did have similar writing styles.

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    Sydney was last active on cyclingforums.com Yesterday @ 11:13 PM

    His last post here was on 11-23-05

    btw, I'm pretty sure sydney is a brit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cydewaze
    Sydney was last active on cyclingforums.com Yesterday @ 11:13 PM

    His last post here was on 11-23-05

    btw, I'm pretty sure sydney is a brit.
    That is good to hear. As grouchy as he is, I like his straight-forward style.
    Sorry to raise a false alarm.

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    If sydney is a Brit - than he's living in the States. How I know this - I'm not at liberty to state.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch
    I hadn't thought of it until you mentioned it, but they did have similar writing styles.
    I have no doubt they are (were) the same.

    http://groups.msn.com/BicyclingForum...oto&PhotoID=60

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    So is that a picture of Sydney? (I'm concerned too.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by lawkd
    So is that a picture of Sydney? (I'm concerned too.)
    'fraid so.

    http://cbs4denver.com/topstories/loc...328082145.html

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    I can't believe it! I haven't been participating on this forum for very long, but Sydney has always taught me a lot. Despite (and sometimes because of) being a curmudgeon. I feel heartsick that he might be really gone! God save us all from text-messaging teens!!

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    Does anyone know for sure here, or do people just guess?

    A "The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated" moment is awkward for everyone involved, I'm sure...

    Don't write the epitaph until you've seen the body, so to speak...

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    In winding back Sydney's posts, he seldom went a day without posting. It has now been two days. Has someone sent a message to his email?
    Last edited by georgiaboy; 11-25-05 at 08:01 PM.
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    Wow, uhhh... I have a very bad feeling that it was indeed one in the same person.

    News article states that he's in critical condition. Any further information?

    God's speed on recovering sydeny, God's speed.
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    Well let's hope it's not him and he's just visiting his relatives for the holidays or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cuda2k
    Wow, uhhh... I have a very bad feeling that it was indeed one in the same person.

    News article states that he's in critical condition. Any further information?

    God's speed on recovering sydeny, God's speed.
    Sadly, Mr Price succumbed to his injuries. He was a good man.

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    Here is an article identifying the man in question.

    HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. -- A 63-year-old Highlands Ranch man died Friday from his injuries in a car-bicycle crash earlier this week.

    The Douglas County sheriff's office has identified the man as Jim R. Price. Authorities say he was hit by a car while he was riding his bike Wednesday at Wildcat Reserve Parkway and Summit View Road.

    Price was pronounced dead Friday morning at Swedish Medical Center.

    The sheriff's office said the 17-year-old driver may have been text-messaging on his cell phone when he swerved into the bicycle lane. The driver's name hasn't been released. He is also from Highlands Ranch.


    Authorities don't think the driver was speeding or that drugs or alcohol were involved. But they say it's likely that charges of careless driving resulting in death will be filed.

    The driver of the vehicle was released to his parents at the scene.


    http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news...20/detail.html
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    Well I might as well share this then:

    Several weeks ago sydney sold me several parts for my now completed bike. I just went out to the garage and found the box that the parts arrived in. The return address: James Price

    RIP.
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    If Jim Price is indeed Sydney, then sadly, he is dead. All of us should lift up Jim Price and his family in our prayers. Such a travesty. News Report
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    Quote Originally Posted by cuda2k
    Well I might as well share this then:

    Several weeks ago sydney sold me several parts for my now completed bike. I just went out to the garage and found the box that the parts arrived in. The return address: James Price

    RIP.
    That is the confirmation I was seeking. RIP sydney

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    Would you like a dream with that?

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    Oh my god.

    Holy **** everyone. This is not good. I

    I cant even think about this. Oh my god.

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