Remembering Jim Rogers |

Remembering Jim Rogers

My heart goes out to the family and friends of Jim Rogers, the bicyclist killed while riding near Colfax.

Such a tragedy; a wife whose husband will never come home, a son starting college whose dad will never be there. His many friends, his employer, the entire community – are all made less by his loss.

I recall letters to local papers complaining about bicyclists; unsafe things they do. Jim was doing nothing wrong. He was not riding two abreast or running a light or weaving. He was riding as far to the right as possible. And still, he was struck and killed by a motorist who simply was not watching.

I read that motorist is being charged with manslaughter. That will provide little comfort to those who loved and depended upon him. Perhaps it will make clear to others – including those who like to yell or buzz me and others while on our bikes – the serious potential consequences of thoughtless actions.

Doubtless the motorist who killed Jim would give anything to have that moment back. Sadly, she cannot. But you can – every time you get behind the wheel. Please keep that in mind when driving.

Larry Smith


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