The Iowa Bicycle Coalition tracks and reports information on crashes that fatally injure people riding bicycles. This information is gathered to create awareness and craft safety education programs.
2013 BICYCLE FATALITIES IN IOWA
1. A 58-year-old bicyclist Gerald O. Williams, of Lenox, died Saturday (6/23/13) morning after being struck by a car while riding his bike on a rural road in Taylor County. Authorities found the car, a 2009 Chevy Malibu, believed to be responsible for hitting Williams but have not made an arrest or determined who was driving.
2. Paul Ladd, a retired Marine colonel from Boone, died on a county road around 7 a.m. June 24 after being struck by a car.
3. Jonathan Ferguson, a Spencer, Iowa, bicyclist who collided with a truck was hospitalized with critical head injuries, police said. Spencer Police Chief Mark Lawson said the teen, 18, ran a stop sign and collided with the passenger side door of a utility truck at First Avenue West and West Eight Street about 10 a.m. Friday. He was taken to a Spencer hospital with critical injuries, and then flown by helicopter to a hospital in Sioux Falls. His condition wasn’t immediately available Monday morning. Police say the teen’s bicycle didn’t have working brakes. The driver of the truck, 61, of Spencer, was not hurt. The driver hasn’t been charged.
4. Luke Sudbrock, 27, died at Mercy Medical Center at 1:32 p.m. Tuesday, a hospital official said Wednesday night. Sudbrock was riding his bicycle eastbound early Friday morning on Scott Avenue near 36th Street when he was struck in the rear by a car, police said. The car’s 68-year-old driver came up over a small hill and tried to swerve to avoid Sudbrock, but he was unsuccessful. Sudbrock was riding in the travel portion of the road and was not wearing lights or reflectors when he was hit, officials said.
2012 BICYCLE FATALITIES IN IOWA
1. 67-year-old Edward Giedraitis was discovered Sunday morning and pronounced dead on the scene. Dallas County authorities say Giedraitis was killed “sometime after 10 p.m.” Saturday, May 19.
2. Matthew James Budde, 47 of Monona, IA was also traveling East on Country Road B45 on May 19. A driver in a pickup struck Budde from behind ejecting Budde into the ditch.
2011 BICYCLE FATALITIES IN IOWA
1. David Garrels, 58, of Wever was killed when the bicycle he was riding was struck from behind by a car on Highway 61 in Des Moines County, Iowa. The crash happened Wednesday, March 16, 2011 just before 6 p.m. Police say the bicycle was southbound on Highway 61 south of Rock Spring Road when it was struck by a southbound car.
2. Vera Lucia Ribeiro-Sulentic, 48. The crash happened at about 6:20 a.m. on Old Highway 20/160th Street, about two miles east of Dike. Ribeiro-Sulentic was riding her bike westbound when she was struck from behind be a westbound Jeep Liberty driven by 30-year-old Dustin Hughson of Grundy Center, according to the sheriff’s office. She died at the scene.
3. ”Railroad Randy” (Nomeland), 60, from Britt IA 7/30/11 hobo from Minneapolis riding to Hobo Days; struck from behind by SUV on Hwy. 18 at 10:30PM; A Floyd man has been charged with operating while under the influence following a fatal SUV-bicycle accident Friday night near Britt. Travis J. Thomas, 39, of Floyd, was the SUV driver who struck the bicyclist, Randy Nomeland, 60, of Minneapolis, around 10:30 p.m. on U.S. Highway 18 just west of Britt.
4. Michael Alexander, 57, of Fort Madison, has died after being struck by a pickup near Montrose. Alexander, 57, was riding his bike on the outside lane when a truck in the same lane struck him from behind.
5. Darlene Cooper, 50, of Keokuk died after being struck by a vehicle near Montrose. This was the second crash within a few days in the same area.
2010 BICYCLE FATALITIES IN IOWA
8. October 6, 2010 Jason Lee Morris, 33, of Albany, Ore., pedaled eastbound on Iowa Highway 85 about three miles east of Montezuma at about noon. Truck driver Michael Jantzen, 51, of Tama, spotted the bicyclist and straddled the dotted center line to give Morris room, the report said. The front passenger side tire on the truck failed and the truck jutted hard to the right. The truck hit Morris, entered the ditch and rolled over. Morris was killed. It was not immediately clear if Jantzen suffered injuries.
7. Authorities in Waterloo are investigating a vehicle accident that left a bicyclist dead. Police say the accident happened around 10:45 p.m. on Friday, Sept 3rd in Waterloo. A vehicle struck a person riding a bike. The bicyclist was pronounced dead on the scene. The vehicle’s driver wasn’t injured. Police did not give further details, including the victim’s name.
6. August 12, 2010 A bicyclist, Paul Estrem of Decorah, was struck and killed by a pickup truck in Winneshiek County. The bicyclist was crossing Conover Road near U.S. Highway 52 and Calmar when the rider was struck by the pickup. The crash occurred at about 4:20 p.m.
5. August 2, 2010 Phillip Abodeely died in a single bicycle crash in Cedar Rapids. Details are unknown.
4. August 2, 2010 Susan M. DeSotel, of Cedar Rapids, died Monday at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. She was 51. DeSotel was southbound on C Street SW around 6:30 p.m. Thursday when an oncoming pickup turned into her path. The crash occured on July 29 and Susan died on August 2nd.
3. July 29, 2010 Stephen Briggs, 68, of Waverly was riding in a group on RAGBRAI on Thursday when he collided with another bicyclist and was thrown from his bike. Briggs was flown to Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa in Mason City with a head injury. He died Friday at 3:35 p.m.
2. July 10, 2010 Dallas County authorities confirm that a bicyclist has been killed in a collision with a motor vehicle west of Adel. Kim Lou Clayton, 55, of West Des Moines, was pronounced dead
at the scene. The accident happened around 5 o’clock Friday evening at the Raccoon River Valley Trail’s intersection with K Avenue. Dallas County authorities say Clayton was westbound when he
ran into the passenger side of an SUV on K Avenue. Authorities said Clayton failed to stop at the intersection. A stop sign is posted on the bike trail before the intersection.
1. June 29, 2010 Authorities said a 12-year-old girl riding a bicycle died after she was hit by a pickup truck in Harrison County in western Iowa. The Iowa State Patrol said Amiee Marie Atwell of Little Sioux was hit Tuesday afternoon near Little Sioux. The patrol said the pickup was traveling south and the driver went into northbound lane to go around the child, who was riding south. Troopers said the girl apparently tried to get to other side of the road and was hit.
2009 BICYCLE FATALTIES IN IOWA
3. August 30, 2009 Mark Grguich was killed in rural Warren County on G14. Mark was riding lawfully on the roadway and was killed by a hit and run driver in an overtaking crash. The driver has not been located.
2. August 18, 2009 Mark Anderson was killed on Hwy 71 at 6:15 AM. Mark was traveling from his rural home to work as he had done for 5 years. Mark rode with flashing lights. No paved shoulder existed in the area he was riding. The driver was a 21 year old from Minnesota and claimed he did not see the bicyclist.
1. July 29, 2009 A professor from Missouri was killed on the final day of RAGBRAI when he lost control on a downhill section of road. No other vehicles were involved.
2008 BICYCLE FATALITIES IN IOWA
7. April 4th 2008 Randy Van Zee, 56 killed while riding his bike. He was struck and killed instantly by a vehicle from behind as he was riding west into the setting sun near his home last evening. The Iowa State Patrol said the accident happened Friday at 7:17 p.m. in O’Brien County a half a mile west of L40 on County Road B14. The driver was westbound on County Road B-14 when it struck the rear of a bicycle driven by Randy Vanzee.
6. June 17, 2008 Benjamin Rodriguez, 5, of Des Moines was hit and killed while riding his bike down a residential street on Tuesday, police said. The accident happened at SE 28th Street and Scott Avenue at 11:30 a.m. A bike, with training wheels attached, was still lying in the intersection more than an hour later. Police said he was hit by a tractor-trailer that was turning onto Scott Avenue from SE 28th St. His family lives on SE 27th Street. Police said the incident was accidental and no charged were filed on Tuesday.
5. July 14, 2008 Rick Lind, 49, was killed late Friday (7/12/08) while riding a bike home from the Mason City office where he was working late. “He rode his bike everywhere,” Lind’s stepfather, Ken Anderson, said. While a student at Iowa State University, where he earned a business degree in management information systems, Lind sometimes rode his bicycle back and forth from Ames, his family said. “He said it was safest to ride at night” due to the slowing of traffic, his stepdaughter, Heather, 22, said. The collision took place at approximately 11:55 p.m. The pickup was driving westbound on Third Street Northwest, preparing to turn south on Washington Avenue. Lind was traveling east on Third Street. According to Mason City police, witness testimony suggests that Lind failed to stop at a stop sign and entered the intersection as Hulsing turned. Lind did not have lights on his bicycle and was wearing dark clothing, according to police.
4. July 31, 2008 Todd Parsons Western Jr., 64, fell from his bike and struck his head after the bike left a lawn and went into a street construction site. The death appears to be an accident. A neighbor in the 1100 block of East Ridgeway Avenue found the Western’s body tangled in his bicycle in a construction zone that shut down the street, police said. Police said Western wasn’t wearing a bicycle helmet. It appears he rode into a yard to go around the construction scene but then entered the work area.
3. August 14, 2008 James Basley, 83, rode his bike into the path of an oncoming car early Tuesday evening. The investigation determined that the driver took appropriate evasive action, but was unable to avoid the collision. She was cited for not having proof of insurance. Police say Basley was not wearing a helmet.
2. August 31, 2008 Penny Vanous, 51, of Rowley died in a car-bicycle accident in Buchanan County. Her husband, Donald, 54, received minor injuries in the incident. The couple was westbound on bicycles on 290th Street shortly after 8 a.m. A westbound Buick Century driven by Ruby Kimber, 78, of Rowley, struck the cyclists from the rear, according to the sheriff’s office. Authorities believe Kimber didn’t see the couple. Weather or road conditions were apparently not a factor.
1. October 2008, Douglas Kenny, 21, of West Burlington was killed as a driver hit him from the opposite direction. The driver claimed the sun was in his eyes, but witnesses said otherwise. The driver received a suspended 60-day jail sentence and probation, fined $2,000 and his driver’s license was suspended for 360 days.