KIM SAKS: Mother, Wife, Widow
Hi, Steve. My name is Kim Saks. On October 4th, 2008 at 7:28 am, my husband Dr. Brett Saks was training for the QMDC (Qualcomm Million Dollar Challenge). He participated in thia amazing event (a 600 mile, 7 day ride from San Fran to San Diego) in 2007. He was doing a 100 mile training ride on 10/4/08 and was to begin the 08 QMDC on 10/18. He was riding south on State Road 87 not far from our home in Chandler, AZ- a two lane country road with no hills or curves. Many sections of the road have a bike lane that is a good 3-4 feet wide. That lane narrows and disappears several times though. Brett was riding on the road when he was hit. He was about 1.5-2 feet inside the white line. A driver who "thought" he had enough room to pass Brett before an oncoming car reached him, realized too late that he did NOT have enough time to pass Brett. Instead of slowing down, waiting for the oncoming car to pass, and then safely passing Brett, the driver slammed into the back of Brett's bike.
The driver was charged with violating the 3 foot law. The judge did find him responsible on 8/4/09 and imposed the maximum fine of $1000 plus surcharges of another $890. At trial, the driver said Brett "must've swerved in front of him". This was of course complete nonsense as shown by the damage to Brett's bicycle (hit directly from behind, not on a curve) as well as the straight line of impact on the bumper, hood, and roof of the car.
Sorry for all the upsetting info but I try and tell my story so that others can be aware. I had just taken up cycling a few months before Brett died. I was able to go to San Diego and cross the QMDC finish line in his honor. He was always wanting me to ride with him. I have done a few events...but I have almost been run off the road several times, and now I am too scared to ride. I don't want to orphan my children.
This has been the hardest time of my life. My 7 year old and I go to a grief support group, and my 2 year old kisses her daddy's picture every day. I am not a vengeful person and yet I find myself wanting this man to pay... or at least apologize!! I know he did not set out that morning to do what he did, but he IS responsible.
I want to help however I can. Brett was a "do-er"...always helping others and striving to reach new goals. We have two children, ages 7 and 2, that he adored more than anything. I want them to know what a wonderful person Brett was, and do something to help other cyclists in his memory. I signed your petition. Thank you for all you are doing to educate people and to make the streets safer for cyclists.
Hope to be in touch,
In Memory of Brett Saks: Father, Husband, Doctor, cyclist and Victim of Reckless Driving.
August 1968- October 4th, 2008.
Brett Saks was born in Monticello, NY in august of 1968. Son, grandson and nephew to a master mechanic, electrician and plumber, Brett learned at an early age the value of fixing things. Coupled with his deep interest in the human body, he entered the healthcare field in 1995 as a chiropractic physician.
Dr. Saks earned a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree from the Florida State University in 1991, his Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) from Life University in 1995 and his Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (NMD) degree from the American University of Integrative Medicine in 2001. In addition, he has served a 2500 hour externship and has completed over 1500 hours of post graduate education in conventional and alternative medical therapies.
This letter below was written to CARD August 29th, 09 from the actual victim's wife. This is just one tragic event out of many senseless accidents. Kim Saks has joined CARD and our cause to educate and raise awareness on bicyle safety for both drivers and cyclists.