It just keeps coming.
It was a daring dream by an exceptional man. Daniel Hurtubise had spent two years organizing a bicycling trip across Canada with his two teen children that would raise money and increase awareness of Type 1 diabetes, the condition he lived with from age 15.
They left Vancouver in mid-June, joined by Robert Carrier, a cancer survivor and father of six who retired early and wealthy after selling his high-tech firm.
The journey ended in tragedy Sunday, on a stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway near Brandon, when a passing car hit them, killing the two men.
Mr. Hurtubise’s two children were also injured. Sonia, 16, remained in hospital in Brandon with a leg injury, while her brother, Alex, 19, was released.
Brutal. I can think of no other word than that.
Mr. Carrier, 45, leaves behind a wife and six children – two girls and four boys – ranging in age from 31/2 to 21 years old.
Subject: Riders Down
All the press keeps focusing on is that the support wagon was a hour away and that the Diabetes Tour riders “didn’t have a permit” to run a charity tour on Manitoba highways. Pathetic.
One good thing out that article is the call to improve the roadways for cyclists. I don’t know why it always takes some goddamn awful tragedy for this to happen before the public outcry swells and things actually change. But it always seems to be that way whether its a kid drowning, some awful alcohol related car crash and the like.
Larry Maguire, Tory MLA for the Arthur-Virden area and transportation critic in the Tories’ shadow cabinet, said he has been lobbying for paved shoulders since discussions began about increasing the speed limit on the highway to 110 km/h.
“I was more concerned about traffic, to be honest, with conditions of vehicles, cars and this sort of thing happening, rather than a cyclist as much. But certainly for cyclists there is no shoulder for them to be on,” he said.
The condition of the highway surface itself has also been deteriorating, Maguire said.
“It’s Canada’s major trade route, the No. 1 Highway, and it seems there has to be a tragic accident like this before there’s heed paid to it. And that’s really unfortunate,” he said.