SD Bike Coalition board member killed in Oregon


Kerry Kunsman

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SAN DIEGO — A bicycle safety instructor and board member of the San Diego Bicycle coalition died Monday, three days after he was hit by a pickup while bicycling through Oregon.

Kerry Kunsman, 67, was cycling westbound Friday at about 5:15 p.m. on Highway 131 between Tillamook and Netarts Bay when a Ford F350 pickup hit him on the two-lane road, according to the Oregon State Police.

He was transported by ambulance to the Tillamook Regional Medical Center and then airlifted to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. He died Monday morning from his injuries.

Kunsman was attempting to cycle from the Mexican border to the Canadian border when he hit, his nephew, Paul Green, said.

“The Bike Coalition expresses our deepest sympathies to his family and immense gratitude for his years of service to the bicycling community and the San Diego Bike Coalition. A friend and teacher to many, his absence will be widely felt,” SD Bike Coalition executive director Andy Hanshaw said. “He will long be remembered for the tremendous care he invested in each of his students and his memorable laugh. What he brought to the bicycling world is much greater than the Bike Coalition and his larger-than-life legacy will live on.”

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