Cyclist Down in Champaign, Illinois

It’s with a heavy heart that I introduce the ‘cyclist down’ tag on this blog. I have long been an admirer of the good folks over at Drunkcyclist, and their commitment to utilizing the site as a reminder that cyclists are senselessly killed regularly, and seemingly with impunity. The J-Bend will hopefully flatter them through imitation of their post category.

Now, for the important part of this post. The cops say the driver was reading a map when he hit the couple aboard a tandem bicycle they used for daily transportation.  David Combs is physically impaired, and his wife, Cindy, was blind. David captained and Cindy stoked. Cindy was killed and David is in critical condition.

Errol T. Maul, the man who hit the couple, was cited for “failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.”

Stay safe out there. My thoughts and condolences are with the Combs’ family.

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