Well, that all changed Wednesday morning at just before 4:00 am, when 19-year-old cyclist Michael T. Sonney was killed by a hit-and-run pickup driver on Snouffer Road in north Columbus. Here's the story from the Dispatch:
Bicyclist killed in hit-and-run accident on Northwest SideWednesday, July 25, 2007 11:02 PMThe Columbus Dispatch - WBNS-10TVA bicyclist killed when he was hit on the Northwest Side early this morning was on his way home from a new job, his family said.
The family of Michael T. Sonney told WBNS-TV (Channel 10) that he'd just bought the bike with the first paycheck he earned at Teleperformance, a call center.
Sonney, 19, died shortly before 4 a.m. after being hit on Snouffer Road by a red pickup truck that Columbus police say left after striking Sonney.
Sonney's family said he was making the 40-minute bike ride home after his 7 p.m.-to-3-a.m. shift.
Police said last night that they are questioning the man who they believe hit Sonney.
Officers said they found the heavily damaged truck by following a mile-long trail of radiator fluid from the crash scene at Snouffer Road and Asheville Park Drive to the man's home.
Police said the man is cooperating with them and charges are pending.
Police were called to the crash site at 3:54 a.m. and found Sonney severely injured there. Sonney, who had been riding his bicycle east on Snouffer Road, died at the scene.
Police said the truck also had been going east when it struck Sonney's bicycle and kept going.
Police said their investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call the accident investigation squad at 614-645-4767.
Also, I'd like to try to put up a ghost bike for this rider at the site of his accident, and I'd appreciate any help I can get for this. I think it's in the best taste, though, to contact his parents to make sure they won't be offended or hurt by that.