Dennis on the Road

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Another cyclist killed

Many of you may have already heard that cyclist Ed Weiss was killed on Skyline Blvd. in Oakland a few days ago. A speeding motorcycle, crossing a double yellow line to pass a car, struck Ed. This death ended a month in which my friend Pat was killed while cycling in San Ramon (see below) and Thomas Colby Maddox, the father of my friend Heath, was struck and killed on the Peninsula. (See his obituary here.) Ed's death hits very close to home. Although I didn't know him, he was hit on a stretch of road that I ride several times each week.

Here is an Oakland Tribune article about the accident and a website started by neighbors in the area of the accident who are petitioning for safer roads for all users.

Also.... I just got this in an email from my teammate Aaron, about a life-threatening accident in the Penninsula
Yesterday I made a trip to Valley Medical Center, after getting a message that a close friend of mine had been in a bike accident with a car and had been in a coma for eight days. I don't know if any of you know him. His name is Braden Sanchez. He is a father, friend and awesome bike rider. Last wed. he was riding down HWY 9 toward Felton when a car pulled out in front of him. He struck the car. Braden suffered head trauma, fractured vertebrae in his neck, punctured both lungs, and broke more than a few other bones. One lung has come back so far and is working and the swelling inside his head has subsided. So he is improving and all there is to do now is wait for him to wake up, They know he is not paralyzed, but can't rule out brain damage until he is awake.


Finally... from my friend Heath (whose father, struck and killed in July, is mentioned below)
a good friend of my cousin was run down by a Range Rover on Mt. Tam and paralyzed from the neck down

2 Comments:

At 4:49 PM, Anonymous melissa said...

darn, i didn't know about heath's dad, though i did know about pat. damn, this is a hard year for folks who love to ride.

 
At 4:52 PM, Anonymous melissa said...

... and when i was riding/training, i rode this stretch of skyline 5-6 times per week.

 

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