Yesterday evening I got an email from my teammates that one of our members, Don, had a bad accident while riding to work. The reports were sketchy, but apparently he caught a signpost, went down hard and broke his C1 and C2 vertebrae, along with other injuries still to be determined.
I signed up for his CaringBridge page to keep up with his progress, hoping for the best, but today's news was that his brain injury is unrecoverable and that his wishes were if this situation was ever to come up that he not be artificially sustained. I can understand as he'd be paralyzed and unable to interact with his family in any meaningful way. They are honoring his wishes and letting him go.
I've spent a good bit of time with Don, mostly at the 24 Hours of Moab, first supporting him as a racer, then two years ago he had a pre-race injury and helped me out with race support. All I can say is that I'm very sad to no longer be able to share his company. Don was a great guy, humble, curious, happy no matter what the situation and generous to a fault...one of those friends we'd all wish to be like.
I'm still a bit blown away by it all, but thought I'd share it with my friends here. Fellow cyclists, we're down by one good man.