On Tuesday evening, a training ride resulted in a tragic and fatal accident for a Category 3 member of the Saturn of Toledo/Shell Cycling Team in Toledo, Ohio, USA. Christian Burkhart, 20, was headed South on Fulton-Lucas Co. Rd outside of Sylvania, Ohio, when another rider saw him slow down approaching Rt. 20. Burkhart nevertheless continued, and apparently did not see or misjudged the speed of a semi-truck coming from the West and was struck. A car driver who saw the accident dialled 911 immediately and someone was on the scene within minutes, even before the emergency squad arrived, but there was nothing that could be done to save the young cyclist. Team Toledo/Shell mourns his loss and sends its deepest sympathies to his family and friends.
Updates and details on funeral arrangements will be posted on www.freewheel.com/mvw/news.html as information becomes available.