There’s no doubt that bicycle accidents are devastating and heartbreaking, but this particular bicycle accident is the one heard around the country. And while the young man killed on his bicycle wasn’t a Washington native, I still wanted to share his story and legacy. John Anczarski, a 19 year-old from Ringtown, was fatally injured while he attempted to ride his bike across the country.
Along with three friends from Ashland, he embarked on a cross country journey dubbed “The Pink Pedal: Riding Hard to Fight Breast Cancer.” They pedaled for a month and had made it as far as New Mexico when the cyclist was struck by an SUV. In his memory, his hometown is paying homage by blanketing the town in pink ribbons, signs and lightbulbs to represent the young man’s cause. His family agreed to donate his organs for transplant in hopes that his life could save another.
As a Seattle personal injury attorney, this story is so heartbreaking to me. It’s devastating that a young man would devote his life to raising money for breast cancer research, only to be cut short. Investigators claim that the driver of the SUV was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol when the accident occurred.