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Wisconsin parish loses beloved priest in bicycle accident

Most people who ride bicycles enjoy breathing the fresh Wisconsin air and admiring the scenery. Of course, riding a bicycle is also good exercise, but for some, that is just an added benefit. One obvious difficulty with riding a bicycle is having to share the streets with other vehicles. Bicyclists are vulnerable to being involved in a bicycle accident just like any other vehicle on the road.

Unfortunately for bicycle riders, their injuries are ordinarily much worse than those of the driver of a car. Bicycle riders are often killed in accidents where vehicle drivers are not even injured. A Fond du Lac priest was killed on the Wisconsin Highway 151 Bypass when he was struck by a car. He was attempting to cross the Bypass on his bicycle at the time.

Due to the nature of his calling, the priest undoubtedly touched many lives during his time as a priest. In addition to his family and friends, his parish and others throughout the Archdiocese will miss him. At the time of his death, the priest was serving at Holy Family Parish.

It is unknown whether the driver of the vehicle that struck the priest will be cited or whether she was injured. When the dust settles and the shock wears off, the priest's grieving family will have to decide whether or not to pursue civil action against the driver in connection with this bicycle accident. By law, they are certainly entitled to file a wrongful death claim based on evidence of negligence that is deemed to have caused or contributed to the tragic fatality. His family will have to determine the best way to honor his life--and his death.

Source: Wauwatosa, WI Patch, "Former St. Bernard Priest Killed in Fond du Lac County Bike Accident," Matthew Schroeder, Aug. 23, 2012

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