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Old    GD (diamonddad)      Join Date: Mar 2010       06-24-2010, 4:49 PM Reply   
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
Old    Wes (pesos)      Join Date: Oct 2001       06-24-2010, 9:32 PM Reply   
very sad! I bike through Tilden quite frequently. do they know what happened and caused him to "drift into traffic?"
Old    Sean M (magic)      Join Date: Mar 2002       06-24-2010, 9:33 PM Reply   
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.
Old    GD (diamonddad)      Join Date: Mar 2010       06-24-2010, 10:02 PM Reply   
Here's his bio. He was a brilliant guy.
Old    GD (diamonddad)      Join Date: Mar 2010       06-24-2010, 11:35 PM Reply   
Google showed me this on the subject...
Old    Sean M (magic)      Join Date: Mar 2002       06-25-2010, 12:19 AM Reply   
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.
Old    GD (diamonddad)      Join Date: Mar 2010       06-25-2010, 12:36 AM Reply   
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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