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Old 04-13-11, 08:00 AM   #1
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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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Old 04-13-11, 08:09 AM   #2
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I'm very sorry for the loss of your friend. Such a tragedy.
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Old 04-13-11, 08:22 AM   #3
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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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Old 04-13-11, 08:27 AM   #4
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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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Old 04-13-11, 09:16 AM   #7
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What a senseless tragedy! So sorry for your loss, and condolences to the family.
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Old 04-13-11, 09:51 AM   #8
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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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Old 04-13-11, 10:48 AM   #9
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How sad, sorry for the loss...
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Old 04-13-11, 10:51 AM   #10
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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.

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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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Old 04-13-11, 11:11 AM   #12
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There are no words to say sometimes. It's just very sad.
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Old 04-13-11, 12:02 PM   #13
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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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Old 04-13-11, 12:24 PM   #14
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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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Old 04-13-11, 12:37 PM   #15
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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.
He was a grinner.

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Old 04-13-11, 12:39 PM   #16
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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..

Let's be careful out there

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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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I'm very sorry for the loss of your friend. Such a tragedy.
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Old 04-13-11, 02:45 PM   #21
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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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Old 04-13-11, 02:53 PM   #22
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Condolences.. a truly tragic 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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