TWO MORE LIVES LOST

Roy Dean Mittelsteadt, Hit and Run

From Charlotte Velo and Charlotte Observer: On Thursday night, January 27, a driver killed cyclist Roy Mittelsteadt and fled the scene.  The collision occurred in Monroe on N. Rocky River Road near Myers Road.  The driver was arrested several hours later driving the vehicle with extensive damage.  Stephen Helms was charged with second degree murder and DUI. Roy Mittelsteadt had been riding a bicycle to and from work – an eight-mile trek between Porter Ridge High and his family’s home in Monroe – for about a year to save money to help his children pay for college.  Our condolences to the Mittelsteadt family.

Carla Swart, nationally acclaimed bicycle racer

From Charlotte Velo and other sources: The Carla Swart Memorial Scholarship has commenced to be awarded annually to a female cyclist who demonstrates a love for the sport and exhibits great promise as a cyclist. Tax deductible checks should be made out to Lees-McRae College (note Carla Swart Scholarship in the memo line) and mailed to the Office of Advancement, P.O. Box 128, Banner Elk, NC 28604. Contact Caroline Hart, Vice President for advancement, if you have further inquiries-(828) 898-8777.

Ms. Swart,age 23, died when hit by a truck during a time-trial training session in her native South Africa.The most decorated collegiate cyclist in history, Swart won 19 individual and team national championships for Lees-McRae College, and in 2008, Swart became the first collegiate cyclist ever to win a national championship in all four cycling disciplines in the same year.  A tragic loss.

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One Response to TWO MORE LIVES LOST

  1. Jon Harding says:

    We all share something in common with Roy and Carla in that we understand the risks involved with taking to the roads and trails on two wheels, but we take the calculated risk.

    We know the benefits of bicycling outweigh the risks, and improve ourselves, or city, and our country.
    As bicycle advocates, we must all speak up and speak out for our chosen way of life, and for the rights and responsibilities of people like Roy who was a man who served his country, his community, and his family.

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