September 4, 2010
Milan Dimitrov, age 36 and a resident of Palm Springs, killed while riding his road bike on the shoulder of Hwy 111, n/w of town. He died at the scene @ 7am.
Local news reported that the driver, who did cooperate with police, was not cited after his full size p/u collided with Dimitrov.
Michael Robert Pellegrino, 48, 310 Albert Road, Stokesdale, NC. Killed by hit & run driver, yesterday on Hwy 421, southwest of Liberty NC. He was found beside the highway, by a passing motorist at 7:43 a.m., according to a report by Trooper M. Mitchell of the N.C. Highway Patrol. Pellegrino had been riding a bicycle when he was apparently hit by a vehicle, the report said. According to a friend, Pellegrino was an experienced long distance cyclist, and was on his way to the beach. Pieces of a headlight were retrieved from the scene. The hit & run driver hasn't been found, yet.
Joseph Szymanski, 56, was killed shortly after 3:00pm Tuesday, December 14, while riding his bike in his hometown of La Quinta, California. Szymanski was traveling westbound in the bike lane of Avenue 54 when Tracey Salter, 52, of Merriam, Kansas, struck him while traveling in the same direction.
Witnesses saw Salter hit Szymanski, stop momentarily, then flee the scene. Her vehicle, a Chevrolet Malibu was located three miles away with a smashed windshield and other damage. Cal Fire pronounced Szymanski dead at the scene when they found his body in the bike lane.
Avenue 54 is a popular route with bicyclists. It has two ample traffic lanes in each direction in addition to a bike lane. Visibility is excellent with no curves. Szymanski died approximately 1800 feet from the nearest intersection.
Law enforcement stated they don't believe alcohol or drugs were involved. Prosecutors will charge Salter with felony hit and run. Szymanski's family is preparing for his funeral at this moment.
UPDATED: Salter posted the $25,000 bail set in December but failed to show up for her court appearance on Monday, January 5th. A bail bondsman located her in Las Vegas and returned her to authorities in Indio, CA. According to news story, a judge set her new bail (duh) at $25,000.
In the event she decides to do some unauthorized travels to your community...
Gayle Mamer of Port St. Lucie, Fl: Dedicated cyclist, elementary teacher and a good friend of my wife and I and many, many others. A sudden infection, perhaps complications from the flu, the cause isn't known yet but she was here and now suddenly she is gone leaving a huge hole in many hearts.
Ride with a tailwind for all eternity, Gayle.
Edit: I realize she wasn't a hit-run victim but I think it's fitting to recognize her here.
From what I am aware my great grandad, on my mothers side died at the age of 92 while riding his bike near Liverpool, England. Apparently he was hit and died shortly after. Its been years since I have heard the story of his death but its sad he had to go like that at such an old age!
He was Norwegian and fled the Norwegian Navy many moons ago while docked at Liverpool. If he didn't, would I have been born? I doubt it!
Apparently I am the spit of him, so I hope to live to that age and still be riding a bike and as active as ever!
Ride safe everyone!
Travis Carroll, 39, died last night, less than an hour after being struck by a van in Bermuda Dunes, CA. The Palm Desert man was allegedly traveling opposite of traffic and veered into the traffic lane when he was hit by the van. No witnesses have come forward.
Kimberly Yeong Sil Hull, 25, St. Paul, MN, was killed Thurs 21 April at the U of M campus in Minneapolis when a right-turning truck struck her. She was just a couple of weeks away from graduating. Most cyclist deaths have a sobering effect on me, but this one has hit harder than most. I bike through the same intersection during my commute, amongst all the "fresh-faced college students." Kimberly was not much older than my daughter.
So young. Any photos of her?
Today's paper has a brief bio with picture. Sounds like an amazing woman:
Originally Posted by 10 Wheels
Lovely young woman...
Originally Posted by MNBikeCommuter
My son who is 8 lives with my ex wife, his best friend passed a day before my bday. California, Redondo Beach. Full story and picture is here:
Very sad for the mother and family, who were devastated. He was not wearing a helmet, not that would have helped. I was once hit by a car, the helmet is important. My son is very upset, they were not only neighbours but also went to school together. Jeremy Perez was a wonderful kid from what I was told by the kids. I talked to him once. Its horrifying and I cannot imagine what the family have gone through.
May peace find their souls over time.
I had the honor of meeting forum member, Matt Wilson, who posted as hooligancyclist several times this year. He was a thoughtful young man and a strong cyclist. Matt died Friday, on his 23rd birthday, when he collapsed during a ride.
Matt was one of the youngest ever finishers of the Terrible Two double century, and completed it five times. He had an infectious smile and was one of those people who would talk to and encourage anyone, regardless of speed or ability. So sad.
RICHEY, Michael Milnes Rd., Modesto, Ca Sept. 30, 2008 (46 years old) DUI/Drugs Involved
FOLTZ, William Claus Rd. Modesto, Ca Mar. 23, 2010 (73 years old)
RADILLA, Julianna E. Main Rd. Stockton,Ca Oct. 20, 2011 (9 years old)
:( This is all for now, there have been 5 cyclist fatalities within 3 miles of my house.
Something like a tribute wall should really be a web site. And not one just using a piece of BBS software that wasn't meant for the task.
If anybody wants to get together and build one, I would be glad to help out with the technical aspects. I have 15+ years of experience doing stuff like that. It should be someone or some people who has a much better connection to the bike world than I do..
I can kickstart a design process and a collaboration setup to manage it as a group (a dedicated backend forum where its put together), and at the same time, show the other people involved what needs to happen to build a database driven site that people can add their memories of somebody to, and adapt it until its ready to go live. My goal would be to help get it started - not planning its structure out, so much as helping people get a picture of the possible ways it could be done and deciding on the best one.. and coding some of it.. (I can do it but I also don't want to force my own ools and coding style onto a project, there are lots of ways it could be done. Also, there should be lots of ways to navigate it.. by date of accident, by riders age, by location, by name..
This would be a database of bicyclists who were killed, so it has geographic data, It should contain a database of geotagged data, specifically where the injury that caused the death happened, if its available.
It should also contain as much info as is available about what happened, especially if it was a road condition or equipment failure that caused it.
It would have multiple purposes besides its primary purpose, memorializing fallen riders.. One purpose would eventually be helping improve safety. It would be smart to keep that goal in mind from the beginning. Seeing the big picture.
If the location wasn't available, it should contain their town so friends can find their page or add new ones. The different ways of navigating the data should be expandable..
It should scale well because it will eventually hold thousands of names, photos, etc.
Someone should be able to pick a state, say, and see memorials to friends and neighbors there. I especially dont think it should be corny, like Find a Grave, I think it should be a genuine effort to tell as much as people can about what a deceased friend or neighbor was all about. It should be easy to add stuff.. a photo, a reminiscence, a tribute.. etc.
It should be a Google Maps mashup that can show the location. It should also hold stuff about injured people. If someone is injured seriously while biking, they should also be included somehow. There should be a way to contact them and even to send them gifts or money for hospital bills, etc... Or to bring together friends to do so.
The process of adding people and content should be via web forms. And it should be hosted on a solid hosting provider and backed up regularly. A number of people should own the domain together and hold the passwords as a group.
One person should NOT do it, it should be a team, for lots of reasons but especially the sad but important reason that if any key person who was doing too much of it themselves died, the whole thing, ironically, might then die with them, defeating the whole point.
If you need my help, PM me. Right now I have the time, sort of, for a project like that. I myself am recovering from an illness and I need to exercise my brain in that way.. I also like the idea a lot.
good idea and sad to post at same time :(
Jure Robic - 5 times NAAM winner.
24 September 2010 in a traffic accident when he was hit by a car on a forest road in Plavški Rovt near Jesenice, Slovenia.
Didn't know him, but was a fan. Came through my town of work during RAAM in 2010 (which he won). I went up on the road to see him in person, but missed him by about 5 or 10 minutes, if I remember correctly. Tremendous athlete.
Graham - sadly I have forgotten his surname; I didn't really know him that well (I was nine when he died), but he was a good friend and neighbour of my grandparents for at least 30 years. Took his MTB out for a short spin on 2nd January 2006, and presumably hit a pothole and went over the handlebars, although nobody knows - he was alone. Someone driving past found him in the hedge, and he was rushed into hospital. Two or three days later he died of serious brain injury, leaving a wife and two daughters. From what I remember he was an avid cyclist, covering 60 miles a day easily - something I aim to get to again. RIP.
Donald McCluskey, 49, Palm Springs, killed 4-18-12
He was just waiting for the light to change @ 12:15pm. A minivan ran the red and was struck by a Suburban. The minivan is thrown into another vehicle. McCluskey is struck by two vehicles. The driver of the Suburban, Larry Goodman (shown below) was DUI.
Harry Delmolino - 18 years old - Northhamptom, MA
Harry was a moderator for r/bicycling (no_numbers_here), a subreddit of Reddit.com. He had a head-on collision at an intersection this past Saturday (5-19-2012) and has been in ICU. He passed away this morning due to his injuries.
I didn't know him personally, but he was a great mod over at r/bicycling. R.I.P.
This is my brother and a few of the particulars are not quite right. Donny was riding his bike in prep for a race following all the rules, bike lane, helmet, waiting for red light. He was riding 50 miles that day. While waiting for a light, a man in town and country van ran a red light, he saw he was going to be hit by chevy siverado, so he sped up but still got hit with his foot on the accelerator. The van lost control ultimately sliding on its side hitting Donny. Donny was thrown some 10 feet from his bike. The person who hit the van was under pain medications but who knows if that contributed to the accident-he was going thru the green light. The driver of the van never got any public recognition so I thought I would give him a shout - Armando Gomez. Thank you to the paramedic was on scene and started CPR but Donny never had a chance.
Donny was an amazing person, awesome athletic who loved life and living. He is missed every minute of every day.
I would like to do something positive for biking and bikers-please let me know if you have any ideas.
October 7, 2012
Jared Bynum, 30
St Johns County, Florida
Bynum, an athlete who competed in triathlon events, was a member of PRS Running Club, Inc. in Jacksonville
October 14, 2012
Forrest Flaniken, 53
Avalon Park (Orlando area), Florida
Angela Mozart, I didn't know her but saw her ride every time I was out there. We always waved at each other...