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Cyclist dies in Texas

By:
Hedwig Kröner and Jeff Jones
Published:
August 17, 2005, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 21, 2009, 0:07 BST
Edition:
Latest Cycling News for August 17, 2005

A cyclist lost his life in a head-on collision with another cyclist on Sunday, August 14 in Plano,...

A cyclist lost his life in a head-on collision with another cyclist on Sunday, August 14 in Plano, Texas. Michael Mahoney, 52, was riding counter-clockwise on a circuit route near an industrial part of southeast Plano when the accident occurred. He collided with Jordan Muller, 37, who was training clockwise on the parcours used for races on Tuesday nights.

Although both cyclists were wearing helmets, Michael Mahoney's head trauma was too severe and he passed away in the Medical Center of Plano soon after the accident. Jordan Muller was transferred from Medical Center late on Sunday to Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, and is currently in the intensive care unit.

With most races taking place clockwise, race organizer Randy Eller said that most people training on the course were riding in that same direction. Nevertheless, the streets being public, cyclists can ride any direction they choose. While the police did not know at what speed the two cyclists were going when they crashed, the accident apparently happened on a straight stretch of the road.

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