Ten-time national cycling champion Ethan Boyes was struck and killed by a car Tuesday in San Francisco’s Presidio, a national park, Fox News reported.
Eyewitness accounts say Boyes was traveling in a bike lane when a car swerved across the center line and struck him head-on, according to the Daily Mail. He later died at a local hospital.
He is remembered as a “quiet and gentle soul,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
“Ethan was a very experienced cyclist and well regarded in the cyclist community,” Shaana Rahman, a spokesperson for the family, told the Chronicle Thursday evening. “This is a pretty devastating loss for the family and for the San Francisco cycling community.”
“Beyond Ethan’s athletic achievements, he was an upstanding member of the American track cycling community,” USA Cycling said Friday in a Facebook post. “His loss will be felt at local, regional, national, and world events for years, as he brought a mixture of competition and friendliness to every race. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones.”
“The SF Bicycle Coalition joins the bicycling community in mourning Ethan Boyes, a well-known and beloved figure in San Francisco bicycling, and especially in the track racing world,” the coalition wrote in a statement. “The outpouring of sadness on social media speaks to Ethan’s kindness and generosity of spirit. We extend our deepest condolences to Ethan’s family and everyone who knew and loved him.”
Boyes was the reigning Masters’ Track World Champion in the Men’s 40-44 Time Trial and Sprint events and holds the record for the fastest “flying start” in the 500-meter track time trial, which he set in 2018.
The incident reportedly remains under investigation.
Boyes was one of two high-profile people to sustain fatal injuries in San Francisco April 4 — the other being tech innovator Bob Lee.
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