NC Bicycle Safety Advocate Killed While Cycling In Apex
Posted on Jul 14, 2009
North Carolina roads can be dangerous for even the most informed and most alert cyclists. This weekend, a bicycle safety advocate and cycling community member was killed in Apex, North Carolina when he allegedly turned in front of a car while biking.
The North Carolina News & Observer reported that 52-year-old Bruce Rosar was killed on Saturday afternoon at the intersection of South Salem Street and Apex Peakway when the cyclist broke away from the group he was riding with and made a left turn in front of an oncoming vehicle while traveling northbound.
He was transported to WakeMed by emergency responders, where he was pronounced dead by hospital officials. Rosar was the Director of the North Carolina Active Transportation Alliance, a founding member of the NC Coalition for Bicycle Driving, the Education Officer for the NC Bicycle Club, the elected representative for Region 3 on the League of American Bicyclists Board and a member of the CAMPO Bicycle/Pedestrian Stakeholders Group.
Friends and family of the North Carolina bicycle accident victim say that they hope that his fatal crash will fuel the cause that he loved so much: educating Triangle area bikers about how they can stay safe and share the road with other vehicles. Rosar was very active in the biking community and often helped the Apex Police Department spread the word about preventing bicycle accidents.
A "ghost bike" has been placed at the site of the bike accident to remind everyone to keep alert, follow the rules of the road, and remember bicycle safety.
The fatal cyclist accident is still under investigation as police continue to interview witnesses and analyze crash scene evidence.