Thursday, July 16, 2015

Help the family of Austin Gilliam who lost his life in a tragic bicycle incident

The family has a GoFundMe account:
We lost a great, happy, loving, free spirit, very inspirational young man. Austin Gilliam lost his life due to a semi and bicycle accident in Stuart Fl. Monday July 14. Due to this horrible tragedy the family has to pay for the funeral costs. We will know more about his service today. As friends family and you, we can help by donating anything you have to help this family. Anything is appreciated. Thank you
Meghan McRoberts at NBC5/WPTV has this news segment about the incident in Stuart; here is an excerpt from the text:
     A Port St. Lucie mother is preparing to lay her son to rest after he was hit by a semi-truck while riding a bicycle Monday afternoon in Stuart.
     Sandra Harrop is pleading to drivers and bicyclists to be cautious on the roadways to prevent any other deaths.
     "Every life is precious. So, when you're out there, you just have to be aware that there are precious people out there and we just all have to be careful," Harrop said.
     Harrop says her son, 19-year-old Austin Gilliam, was riding his bicycle to work at Lowe's in Stuart when a truck hit him near the south end of the Roosevelt Bridge.
     That is also where the bike lane ends.
We know now that Austin Gilliam did nothing wrong. All he was doing was riding his bike to work and he was struck by a tractor trailer. Coming off the Roosevelt Bridge in Stuart the bike lane ends and DOT has a "Share the Road" sign for vehicle drivers.

There will be much more to come on this.