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    Lost a friend on Sunday

    A friend was killed by a hit and run driver this past Sunday and this morning I heard the driver turned himself in.
    Jim was on a 600k brevet with his fiance, Nicole. They were qualifying for Paris-Brest-Paris which they had already booked a flight for.
    He was the kind of man who made those around him feel happier with his friendliness, charm, and wit. I always liked it when he was in the peloton and looked forward to my chance to talk to him.
    I only knew him for a few years but he treated me (and everyone else) like I was important to him. A rare, wonderful person.
    The service is tomorrow. Seems unreal.

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    I'm very sorry for the loss of your friend. Such a tragedy.
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    I'm so sorry to hear the news. Such a senseless tragedy. If we're lucky, we have people like him in our lives.
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    Our most sincere condolences on the loss of your friend. Rest In Peace, GOD Speed!
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    Condolences. Do you know the circumstances of the accident? Just wondering if there is something to be learned as a cyclist or driver. Might save a life.

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    What a senseless tragedy! So sorry for your loss, and condolences to the family.
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    I am sorry for your loss and condolences to the family. We lived in La Costa, CA for several years and rode that section of PCH tens of times. I am lost for words.
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    How sad, sorry for the loss...
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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigB View Post
    If we're lucky, we have people like him in our lives.
    This is how I felt. I am not worthy.

    Seriously, thanks for the kind words, everyone. I don't know what to think right now.
    Last edited by big john; 04-13-11 at 11:21 AM.

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    So sorry to hear about this. I have ridden that stretch of road in Leucadia. So senseless.

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    There are no words to say sometimes. It's just very sad.
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    Condolences. It doesn't seem to get any easier losing friends as we get older. It just seems to happen more often. Remember him well.
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    I am so sorry. I saw the story posted on a local news site the other day, and it just broke my heart. The accompanying photo showed him wearing his helmet and a big wide grin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yen View Post
    I am so sorry. I saw the story posted on a local news site the other day, and it just broke my heart. The accompanying photo showed him wearing his helmet and a big wide grin.
    He was a grinner.


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    Yes - and a nice grin at that. Very sad.
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    Very sad to hear about your loss....he looked a good guy....

    I was just reading about a 20 yr old who was killed this morning in Wales..also sad..

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    RIP, and prayers for his family.
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    I'm very sorry for your loss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
    I'm very sorry for the loss of your friend. Such a tragedy.
    +1... it is a rare person that really makes you feel important when you talk.
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    The good people of the world enrich us all, even when we don't know them. When we lose them, the world and we are diminished. Condolences to the family.

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    Condolences.. a truly tragic loss.
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    Sorry to hear of your loss.

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    Deep condolences for your loss. Your post brought back a lot of painful memories. I lost a friend about 10 years ago. She was hit from behind by a drunk driver at 2:30 in the afternoon.

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    Just sad.
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