Sad news: Patrick Sawyer, a commuter cyclist and excellent paddler, was hit from behind while biking early Wednesday morning (July 16th). The driver fled the scene. It was a serious accident, but from what I understand Pat will most likely be okay. The South Bend Tribune is covering this on the online edition: LINK. There is also an article at WNDU: LINK. Both are generating mostly positive commentary about the need for better bicycle infrastructure in Michiana.
Update: From what I understand now, the quote from a police officer in the early announcements, “…expected to recover from non-life-threatening injuries” should not be interpreted to suggest that his injuries are minor. Unfortunately, his condition is quite serious.
Update 7/17 @ 7 AM: The Tribune has an excellent article today highlighting Pat’s involvement with and commitment to paddling: LINK.
Update 7/17 Late Evening: WSBT announced this afternoon that the driver has turned himself in: LINK.
Update 7/18 Morning: The Tribune has another nice article this morning including updates on Pat’s condition and comments from his wife, Nancy, stressing the need for more bike-friendly routes in the area: LINK.
Wishing Pat and his family the best…