Two riders killed in Indiana police charity ride

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by Frank Steele on Aug 23, 2006 at 3:45 AM

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p>Journal and Courier Online | 2 killed in charity bike ride

Two riders in an Indiana charity ride were killed Tuesday, and another remains in critical condition, after a truck hit their follow van, pushing it into a pack of 10 riders.

The riders were in a group riding to commemorate and raise money for fallen police officers. Gary Martin, a retired Gary, Indiana police officer, and Lt. Gary Dudley of the Indiana State Police died near Terre Haute Tuesday. They were about midway on a 102-mile day that itself was about midway on a ride scheduled to run August 16th through August 28th.

Investigators closed down the road for hours on Tuesday, and are looking into whether the Towne Air Freight truck was speeding. The van was displaying a warning sign and flashing its hazards.

In light of the riders’ deaths, the ride is being cancelled.

As it does too freaking often, our sympathies go out to the families of the dead, and to the injured and their families.

Also:

IndyStar.com | 2 officers are killed during bike ride

New York Times | Two Cyclists Die in Crash During Ride for Charity

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