Ride in Peace, Edwin Allbritton - 3 time Texas State Champion (Individual and Team Time Trial).
Ed Allbritton was out for a late-morning ride on his recumbent along Highway 16 in the Texas hill country. He was struck from behind by a distracted driver who told investigating officers he was looking in his rear view mirror because he had something in his eye. Investigators ruled out cell phone use.
I was unable to determine the exact place where the collision occurred, but you can see the general area on street view here: https://goo.gl/VS4nk0
It is a typical rural state highway 2 lanes with a half shoulder on each side. The trooper investigating the collision said "Allbritton was riding a recumbent bicycle within a designated area along the roadway." I take this to mean Allbritton was on the shoulder.http://www.bccourier.com/Archives/News_detail.php?contentId=20227
An experienced cyclist killed because a driver made a conscious decision to focus his attention on something other than the road in front of him. What else is there to say? Except that I hope when I go, my obituary reads as nicely as his. It was a life well lived, and a death too soon. #IAmTraffic #SaferStreetsNow #CarsKill
This is part of my #VirtualGhostBike
project, an effort of mine to commemorate every bicyclist killed in Texas during 2015. If I have missed any, please let me know. To find more, search for that hashtag in my feed.