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Hey DC-area Dudes and Dude-ettes, Heard Something Disturbing(6 posts)

Hey DC-area Dudes and Dude-ettes, Heard Something DisturbingGregory Taylor
Nov 5, 2003 8:08 AM
Hey DC-area folks, have you heard anything about a rider being killed (!) at Hains Point on Sunday? I was riding home last night with one of Bill's teammates, and he said that there had been a fatality at Hains Point -- a hit and run -- and that the authorities could not identify the rider because he wasn't carrying any ID. There was nothing about it in the paper, and I haven't been over to Hains Point this week.
Yeah, I actually saw him.djg
Nov 5, 2003 8:43 AM
And it was pretty disturbing.

I didn't see the accident itself. Came upon the scene just ahead of the ambulance and fire truck. I did see the guy on the ground and he looked bad--face down and completely still.

A biker told me that he'd tried to reach DC 911 and got a busy signal. According to him, it took 15 minutes to get a response (and that involved calling Arlington to have them help try to reach DC Emergency). I'd told Bill about this and he sent me some link to an NBC web story--I'm sure he'd send it to you if you asked him. The biker said that he'd seen the accident and that it looked like the guy had a seizure of some kind while riding and just toppled over. I have no idea what the cause of death was. Apart from having seen the aftermath, and read a very uninformative web story, my information all comes second-hand from this one biker who was on the scene.
Wow...that's awful (nm)Gregory Taylor
Nov 5, 2003 9:08 AM
How about this twist . . .bill
Nov 5, 2003 8:58 AM
this from a guy in my club:

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction..

After reading the mystery dead cyclist post on our team listserve, I decided to post it to D20 convinced someone HAD to know this guy (myself being a HP sprinter too).

Last night, after discussing the issue with a teammate who had google searched the team jersey the dead guy was wearing only to discover the team in California has 2100 members! No luck there.

Virtually within minutes of hanging up, I get a call from former teammate and good friend Mike Voigt of Snow Valley. It seems Mike (unknowing of the posts) had a "weird" favor. It seems his uncle's neighbor, a cycling enthusiast, has been missing since Sunday and wanted some advice (at his uncle's request) on how to find the guy or could I post something to D20. I was aghast. I relayed to Mike the story from nbc4. He, nor his uncle or this guy's family had seen the story. Mike didn't know what the guy looked like or what he rode (or drove). He hung up and called his uncle. He was not home but his aunt answered. The missing guy's BMW was left in Old Town. The Alexandria Police apparently did not connect the dots and were not of any help (US Park Police found the body on Hains Point). Mike called me back shocked and shaken. The guy did in fact ride a Litespeed and drove a BMW and fit the description. He relayed the Park Police number I had to the family via his aunt. Sadly but thankfully, mystery solved. No word on exactly how he crashed or the particulars.
How about this twist . . .Humma Hah
Nov 6, 2003 8:20 AM
Good detective work ...Humma Hah
Nov 6, 2003 11:34 AM
Sorry about the last post ... busted buttons evidently reset my post somehow.

Its sad that the tragedy occurred, but that's a pretty impressive community effort to discover the identity of victim.