San Diegan Stephen Michael Clift killed in bicycle accident
Stephen Clift was on a literal cross-country bicycle journey to raise awareness to the rights of U.S. military veterans when he was hit and killed by a car in Groom, Texas and died in Amarillo a short time later. The bicycle trip was called “March Across America for Homeless Veterans.” The driver who rear-ended him admitted looking away and never seeing Clift’s bicycle before he ran him down.
In an article at www.peoplestribune.org, Clift said he riding to bring attention to how “American citizens have shamefully and quietly passed by thousands of homeless and needy veterans living on the streets of our small towns, the steam grates of our teeming cities, and in the canyons and wilds of suburbia from Washington, D.C. to the shores of California.”
A video of him on his journey appears below. You can hear trucks and cars whizzing very close by, and he relates just having ridden through a hailstorm. You can get a sense of the danger cyclists face when they share the roads with cars in this video.
Cyclists everywhere, ride safe. And drivers, please read a recent article we posted in which cyclists share some the safety tips for you.
Clearly this is a huge loss to the veteran community, the activist community, the whole nation and to San Diego, and we are all saddened. Our condolences to Stephen’s family and friends from those of us here at Elia Law.
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