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diamonddad 06-24-2010 3:49 PM

cyclist dies
A collegue of mine from work died on his bike last weekend.


(06-21) 12:49 PDT -- A 40-year-old Oakland man was killed while riding his bicycle in Tilden Regional Park on Saturday, East Bay Regional Park District police said.

William Flint II was riding downhill on South Park Drive near the Grizzly picnic area at about 2 p.m. when his bicycle drifted into oncoming traffic, police said.

He crashed into the side of a 2003 Ford Expedition sport utility vehicle.

The driver of the SUV, with help from an on-duty park employee, rendered aid while they waited for paramedics to arrive.

Flint was taken by helicopter to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, where he was pronounced dead, police said

pesos 06-24-2010 8:32 PM

very sad! I bike through Tilden quite frequently. do they know what happened and caused him to "drift into traffic?"

magic 06-24-2010 8:33 PM

that's a total bummer. I spend some time on triathlon and cycling site, see way too many of these posts.

Wonder why he drifted over.

diamonddad 06-24-2010 9:02 PM

Here's his bio. He was a brilliant guy.


diamonddad 06-24-2010 10:35 PM

Google showed me this on the subject...


magic 06-24-2010 11:19 PM

ahhhh, fast down hill decent. I'm sure the car never saw him and you don't have a lot of stopping power on a bike.

There is a local hill I go down a lot, hit 45 on cold and misty mornings 49+ on warm and dry days. I'm more likely to hit a deer or some animal on that road though, very rural.

diamonddad 06-24-2010 11:36 PM

I once hit 49 mph going down hwy 9 following an SUV. Then, I hit a pot hole that nearly took out my front wheel. I danced with death on that day and swore to never do that again.

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