Wisconsin Family Looks for Cause of Patriarch’s Bike Fatality

For a Wisconsin man who loved to cycle, safety was a priority, according to his family. So they were shocked when a car accident claimed his life. They’re still trying to understand how it could have happened.

He was apparently riding his bicycle in the opposite direction of traffic in Oak Creek one recent July evening. He reportedly did that on purpose, thinking it was safer on the road on which he was riding because it made him more visible to motorists. Sadly, he was involved in just the kind of collision he had hoped to avoid.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, an 18-year-old motorist struck the man from the opposite lane, causing his fatal injuries. But the man’s family has gone to the scene of the accident several times in an attempt to come up with how it could have happened. They’re still apparently coming up empty.

The man’s daughter says safety was his first priority, and there is no chance he could have veered over into the other lane, as the medical examiner suggested. She says there are no skid marks and the point of impact doesn’t make sense for that scenario. That would mean the motorist who struck him would had to have crossed all the way across the opposite lane.

How that could have happened is what they are trying to figure out. The teenage motorist who struck him gave a “very vague” statement of what happened, according to the boyfriend of a family member. Since the investigation is ongoing, police have apparently declined to release the accident report or statements from witnesses.

A reconstruction of the accident is planned by the State Patrol, and perhaps that will lead to some answers.

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “Family seeks answers in Oak Creek bike fatality,” Tom Held, July 28, 2011


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