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Sad news: Larry Schwartz of UMCA(8 posts)

Sad news: Larry Schwartz of UMCAcyclopathic
May 5, 2003 9:32 AM
The following was posted on the Hill Country Randonneur list.
Unfortunately, this has been a tradgic year for randonneurs of Ultra
Marathon Cycling. First, there was Luc Viau of Florida getting
dragged by a waste management truck and now Larry Schwartz hit by a
mirror of a vehicle. Both were the leaders of the mileage challenge
last year and Larry has been on the top since I've known about UMCA.
I'm not sure when this happened. Here's the message I received:

From Debbie Breaud.

John Fusselman

debbie breaud wrote 8:11 am Fri. 5/2/2003:

Larry Schwartz. They were to be married in June.>

So far we know that Larry was hit by a school bus mirror in Celina.
The driver did not stop, but was later found. Someone else witnessed
the accident and called 911 and a paramedic was their in 3-5 minutes.
He was flown to Baylor Dallas and is in "4 North, Room 33." He is
currently has several big issues: 1) C-3 or C-4 vertebra fracture
and they really do not know if it has severed his spinal cord. He
is currently paralyzed via medication. 2) Swelling on his brain.
They are planning to need to do an operation to relieve the pressure.
3) He is currently on a respirator. Blaise, one of Larry's riding
partners said that he was down there and it was not clear if it was
because of the medication or if he couldn't breath. 4) He is still
unconscious, but it is unclear if it is medication related.

Plano Cycling & Fitness

debbie breaud wrote 1:26pm 5/2/03:

Just got off the phone with Stuart. They drilled a hole in Larry's
head to relieve pressure; however, the neurosurgeon said its not
looking good at all
re: Sad news: Larry Schwartz of UMCACARBON110
May 5, 2003 9:38 AM
Thats horrible. I was run off the road by a school bus a year and half ago. I chased it down when I saw that it was coming to a stop about a mile ahead after I got back onto the road. I cussed the driver out , go onto the bus and told him I was going to report him. He had know idea he had even passed me. I said no sh1t. So, I call up the school and the police. The police told me, "we will look into it" and get this.....the school told me they have no responsibility for the school bus and the drivers. They are hired by a seperate company, even though the buses are fixed and stored on school property. I was in awe and nothing ever came of it even after several attempts to persue it. This was in Vermont. I spend a few months there every year.
He passed last night.Toothpick
May 5, 2003 10:04 AM
Taken from Plano Bicycle Association General Message Board:

"Larry Schwartz died peacefully from his injuries at 11:58PM CDT last night (Sunday 5/4).

The family has requested that no flowers or gifts be sent as it is not customary. Larry left instructions to (in lieu of flowers and gifts) send donations in his memory to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America ( and/or the Texas Bicycle Coalition (

Funeral and memorial service details will be posted as soon as they become available. "

He will be missed.
wow. that's awfulColnagoFE
May 5, 2003 12:33 PM
I was hit from behind by the mirror of a flatbed tow truck and came away with only a broken scapula and broken bike. i feel lucky thats all that happened to me now after reading this.
makes me want to return to mtb'ing nmDougSloan
May 5, 2003 12:39 PM
makes me think about carrying a weapon!! nmweiwentg
May 5, 2003 4:51 PM
gonna take out a school bus? nmDougSloan
May 5, 2003 7:17 PM
re: Sad news: Larry Schwartz of UMCAclintb
May 5, 2003 5:18 PM
Larry seemed to be a real nice guy from the one time I met him. He asked me to endorse his mileage book one day at the local Saturday morning ride after he'd already done 100mi that morning. That was the first and last time I spoke with him. He was in some ways inspiration for me to ride. My condolences to his friends and family.