"Never Give Up" has become a mantra for all of us at Streets Are For Everyone (SAFE) and most definitely for our Finish The Ride events held twice a year.
Recently, I was contacted by Janet, whose cyclist husband, Andrew, was hit while cycling back in May of this year. What I read shook me to my core and left me seriously questioning humanity.
Andrew was riding on Highway26 in Galesburg, Illinois when a red jeep pulled up right next to him. The woman in the Jeep made obscene gestures at Andrew and appeared to be yelling at him. The driver then got behind Andrew, rammed his bicycle twice, then proceeded to run him over. The second hit knocked Andrew to the ground at which point the woman ran over him and drove off... leaving him for dead. (YEP! She did it fully on purpose!)
This woman, Jacqueline Wells, was caught and arrested for the crime. She is being charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery, aggravated reckless driving and failure to stop after a crash involving personal injury or death.
Just recently, this summer, (after months of recovery and pain), Andrew was able to get back on the bicycle and "Finish The Ride" that almost killed him, illustrating the importance of never giving up to the greatest degree!
Our thoughts continue to be with Andrew and his wife, Janet, as he continues to recover and return to riding. Our support is always here for both of them.
To read more about what happened to Andrew, check out the following articles: