In Memory of Doug Flynn: Father, Husband, Cyclist and Victim of Reckless Driving. 1972- Sept 24th, 2009.
A 37-year-old Yuma man was killed Thursday morning, Sept 24th 2009, when his bicycle was struck by a vehicle while he was riding with a group of other cyclists in
Somerton police have identified the cyclist as Doug Flynn, who was the current president of the Yuma Bike Club. Employed by the Yuma Sun since 2002, he was currently the creative services manager, and was also involved with the interactive media department. His wife had just given birth to the couple's third child last month.
Flynn was an avid cyclist. In addition to organizing Yuma's premier biking event, the North End Classic, he worked with the city of Yuma to get more bike lanes built in the city.
"Yuma could become a city that is great - and safe - for bicycling," Flynn was quoted as saying in a January 2007 article that appeared in The Sun.
On his Facebook page is the following entry, a quote from Bill Nye, "Bicycling is the future. It has to be. There's something wrong with a society that drives a car to workout in the gym."
According to Officer Ed Quintero of the Somerton Police Department, the accident happened at about 6:41 a.m. in the 300 block of East Madison Street as the cyclists were riding through town.
Quintero said a preliminary investigation shows that the vehicle that struck Flynn was traveling eastbound on Madison Street and the cyclists were riding in a long single-file line on the opposite side of street, heading west.
He said the vehicle, driven by a 25-year-old Somerton woman, tried to pass a tractor pulling a farm implement in a legal passing zone.
During that passing attempt, Quintero said, her car struck Flynn and another cyclist. Two other cyclists were riding ahead of Flynn at the time.
"The first cyclist was able to get out of the way," Quintero said. "The second cyclist also came in contact with the vehicle and was injured in the fall."
Robby Rodriguez, spokesman for the Somerton/Cocopah Fire Department, said when paramedics arrived on scene, which was in less than four minutes after receiving the call, they found Flynn unresponsive, lying on the ground and being treated by some of the cyclists.
"Some of the other riders had medical backgrounds and they were attempting to revive him. They were doing everything they could to treat their fellow cyclist."
Rodriguez said the cyclists who were rendering aid told them that they had administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation but had been unsuccessful reviving him.
Paramedics placed heart monitor leads on Flynn, looking for any resuscitatable rhythms in his heart but didn't find any.
"He had obvious signs of fatal injuries throughout his body," Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez said when paramedics were unable to find any heart rhythms, they contacted a doctor at Yuma Regional Medical Center, who pronounced the cyclist dead.
SCFD also transported a 42-year-old male cyclist, who was injured in the accident. Rodriguez said he was taken to YRMC with non-life threatening injuries.
The second injured rider has been identified as Will Price. He suffered a dislocated shoulder and received stitches for cuts on his arms and legs.
Quintero said the female driver of the vehicle is extremely shaken up, and that Somerton police do not believe speed, alcohol or drugs were factors in the collision.
The accident is still under investigation.