I've heard of cyclist being killed by cars and trucks, but this is a first for me. How very sad.
Man killed in collision cycled for his health
By Tillie Fong, Rocky Mountain News
October 14, 2003
LITTLETON, COLORADO - Thomas Fox had taken up bicycling after a mild heart attack three years ago.
On his ride Friday afternoon, the 60-year-old Ken Caryl Ranch accountant was killed after a crash with another bicyclist along the Mary Carter Greenway Trail near Prince Street.
"I just couldn't believe it," said his wife, Betty Fox. "He was bicycling for his health. But if he was to die, that was not a bad way to go."
Fox was riding north behind two other cyclists as he was approaching the underpass for Prince Street.
A southbound cyclist, a 35-year- old man who was not identified by police, crashed into Fox on a blind curve. Fox was pronounced dead at the scene. Autopsy results were pending Monday.
Both cyclists wore helmets. It was not known if speed was a factor.
Littleton police said no charges are expected in the accident.
Monday, Fox's family was still finalizing memorial services.
It was in Durango that he started taking up mountain biking.
"He just really loved sports," said his wife. "He skied, he rode bikes and he played pickup tennis."
In 1999, he became the chief financial officer for The Developmental Disability Resource Center in Jefferson County and moved to Ken Caryl Ranch.
Three years ago, he had a mild heart attack. After that scare, he started taking better care of himself, his wife said. "He took his diet more seriously and he got his fitness up." Fox had been bicycling for an hour or two three times a week. "He liked to ride fast, but he was careful," Betty Fox said.
She and some friends have approached the South Suburban Parks and Recreation District about having a bench along the Mary Carter Greenway Trail dedicated to her husband.
"It's a wonderful trail, and it's been such a joy for all of us," she said.