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Sunday, November 09, 2008

MIssouri man runs for those he lost

A Lee's Summit, Mo., man who lost his father and niece last year when they were struck by a motorist is running in memory of them and to increase awareness of the need to share the road.

Brad Gaunt hung up his bike after the accident and took up running. He and his brother Timothy recently competed in the Chicago Marathon. They dedicated the run in to their father and niece.

“I finally decided I had to do it for dad,” Brad told The Examiner newspaper. “I think he’d be proud of me on a number of levels. If I thought this was something he wouldn’t want me to do, I wouldn’t do it.”

Larry Gaunt, 52, rode with his 14-year-old granddaughter, Sierra Gaunt on Aug. 6, 2007 to begin their training for her first MS 150 Bicycle Tour. William Johnson, 49, was driving his 12-year-old son to football practice along the same road, and his 1983 Chevy pickup struck Larry struck them, killing them both.

Johnson was charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, but a jury earlier this year found Johnson not guilty of the charges.

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