I rolled into the shop this afternoon and met our Society's president who was in the process of securing one of our trailers to his bike and what he was loading up made me shudder.
A ghost bike.
He informed me that a local rider / commuter was killed early this morning by a drunk driver and he and one of the guys are presently placing the bike at the site of the accident.
The details are still a little sketchy and all we know is that the fellow was 55 years old and was probably on his way to or from work and the driver was a 22 year old woman who was returning from a party, was quite certainly impaired, and will be charged accordingly.
Both the car and bicycle were travelling in the same direction and the information we have indicates that she pretty much ran him over. The roads are in good condition and should not have been a factor in the accident.
She did not try to flee the accident scene and attempted to offer assistance until the paramedics arrived but the man died from his injuries at the hospital.
I do not think I knew the fellow but until they release names I will not be sure of that.
My thoughts are going out to this families of this man and the young lady as she will have to live the rest of her life knowing her negligence caused the death of another human being.
This is the fourth cyclist that has been killed here this year and these account for nearly a quarter of the 18 vehicle related fatalities we have seen here this year.