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Another Tragic Loss and A Personal Plea for Safer Michiana Cycling

Posted by Henry Scott on February 23, 2012

Michiana has lost another avid local cyclist due to a collision with a motor vehicle: Steven Carey was struck and killed by a motorist on Sunday, February 19. Few details are available as of this writing, other than the identity of the driver, that the collision occurred during daylight hours, and that Steven was an experienced cyclist riding, with traffic, northbound on SR 23 near the I80/90 overpass.

Although Michiana continues to make progress toward safer cycling, our community has suffered numerous such car vs bicycle tragedies, and it is clear that much work is still needed.

We offer our deepest condolences to Steven’s friends and family, and we also reflect upon previous Michiana fatalities.

In 2008 we lost cyclist Patrick Sawyer to a drunk driver. His widow, Nancy, recently created a video tribute to her late husband. With the video, she highlights the severe personal toll of drunk driving, and she makes a personal plea for safer cycling in Michiana.

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2 Responses to “Another Tragic Loss and A Personal Plea for Safer Michiana Cycling”

  1. sawyernp said

    Thank you, Henry, for sharing this important message. Just last night, another cyclist was hit in South Bend: http://www.wndu.com/home/headlines/Bicyclist_hit_by_car_along_Ironwood__140254073.html

  2. Chris Clark said

    Tragic fatalities like Pat’s are terrible. On top of which, I don’t think we have any idea of the total cost of unsafe cycling routes. A good friend of mine has been hospitalized twice after accidents while biking to work. Because he has a large family he can’t risk another injury and has stopped riding.

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