Family gathers around comatose cyclist
It happened in an instant while doing what the Reeds had done so many times before.
Marie Reed heard the screeching of the brakes and then saw her husband, Dana Reed, lying unconscious near his broken bicycle on a highway outside Grass Valley.
“I was just paralyzed,” Marie Reed said as her husband lay in a coma at Sutter Roseville Medical Center two days after the accident. “I didn’t know what to do.”
Dana Reed’s two sons, Scott and Andy, and his brother, father and in-laws were gathering Tuesday at the hospital to be with a man known for his many talents.
Reed was critically injured around 9 a.m. Saturday when a pickup collided with his bicycle as he apparently tried to cross Brunswick Road near Loma Rica Road.
“He was my main riding buddy,” neighbor Chris Stecko said. “I’ve basically lost my riding partner and best friend. I’m devastated.”
Reed, 55, is part-owner of the software company Sierra Mine Technology, a musician, mechanic, skier, dirt bike rider, outdoorsman and avid bicyclist, according to those who know him.
On Saturday, Reed and his wife were in the early stages of a 26-mile ride they had done many times before when tragedy struck suddenly.
Reed, who lives near Nevada City, did not come to a complete stop at the point where Loma Rica Road intersects with Brunswick Road, which is where they were planning on taking a left turn and going up the hill, Marie Reed said.
After hearing the pickup and bicycle collide on Brunswick, she called 911 – and has been dealing with the aftermath of the accident ever since.
“This has been the longest two-and-half days of my life,” she added Monday afternoon.
Reed has ridden in eight metric-century, or 60-mile, rides with his wife, who described their planned ride on Saturday as “typical.”
Stecko and Reed often would ride on the busier roads to get to more serene locations, the neighbor said. Now, he’s reconsidering skipping the more heavily traveled roads altogether or devoting more time to mountain bike riding.
“You can get very stressed out while riding on those roads,” Stecko said. “They’re not bicycle-friendly.”
To contact Staff Writer Pat Butler, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call477-4239.
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