A memorial service held for a California man killed in a bicycle accident was attended by about 1,000 people in Fresno on August, 27. Scott Nelson, a 41-year-old high school teacher was killed the week before when he crashed his bicycle into a teenage pedestrian, according to the Visalia times-Delta.
Nelson also coached the high school football team where he was a teacher. Students, as well as friends and family gathered to mourn the loss of the man who was beloved in the community.
“He was more than a coach to me,” said Eric Morin, a former Mt. Whitney football player. “He had a gift for helping young people.”
Nelson was also an avid cyclist who friends described as a safe rider.
“There’s a cyclist code that you have to learn when you start out on a bike and Scott was always willing to give me a tip or two,” said James Shapiro, who was a cycling friend of Nelson’s. “I wish I’d known him better; he seemed like the kind of a guy that could light up a room.”
All the details involving the accident were not completely clear. We may never know what caused Nelson to lose control on his bicycle, but it serves as a sad reminder to cyclists that even the most experienced and safe cyclists need to pay attention to the road at all times.
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