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Monday, July 27, 2009

Professor dies as result of RAGBRAI accident

Donald D. Myers, 69, a professor of engineering management at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Mo., died Sunday as a result of injuries from a bicycling accident that occurred Saturday during the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, better known simply as RAGBRAI.

The accident occurred outside Geode State Park. Bob Libby, medical coordinator for RAGBRAI, told the Des Moines Register that an Iowa Department of Natural Resources officer reported the crash about 11 a.m. Saturday at the bottom of a hill near the park, roughly halfway through the day’s 43-mile ride that concluded in Burlington.

Cyclists said on Saturday that was the hilliest part of the day’s route. Libby said there were no other cyclists involved in the crash. Myers did not collide with any object, according to reports. Myers was transported to the University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City, where he died about 1:30 p.m. Sunday, according to a news release from the university.

A memorial scholarship fund has been established to honor Myers at Missouri S&T. Contributions to the Donald D. Myers Scholarship may be mailed to Missouri S&T at 209 Castleman Hall, 400 W. 10th St., Rolla, MO 65409-0460.

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Roger 2 comments links to this post 2:29 PM

Emergency medical technicians arrived to help Myers within a minute of the crash and found him unconscious with a head injury. He was taken to an area hospital before being transferred by helicopter to University Hospitals in Iowa City. He never regained consciousness, officials said.

The sheriff's office said he was wearing a helmet.
Just saying... helmets are not perfect and can only do so much.

I would love to do RAGBRAI next year if Bubba does it; and I'll be wearing my helmet, hopefully it will not get tested.

May peace come to the professor and his family.
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