Gay Simmons-Posey

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Gay Simmons-Posey
Monday, April 17, 2006
Age: 40

Loop 360
United States

Cyclist Gay Simmons-Posey was killed by an automobile-bicycle crash on April 17, 2006, in Austin. A trailer pulled by a vehicle clipped her, and a second vehicle (which subsequently left the scene) then hit her after she fell to the ground. The cyclist was riding in the same direction of traffic, as required by law, and was wearing a helmet.

On April 19, 2014, this ghost bike was removed as requested by TxDOT and replaced with a cross made of bike parts.

Simmons-Posey was riding on Loop 360 – Capital of Texas Highway, a popular cycling route in central Texas, in training for the BP MS 150 ride from Houston to Austin, which was scheduled to take place a week later. Her tragic death caused heated debate and many discussions in Austin and central Texas regarding the safety concerns for cyclists riding on state highways. This debate reverberates across Texas and has an impact on all cyclists.
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Ghostly markers of cyclists' last rides
Bikes painted white mysteriously popping up at sites in Austin where riders hit by cars, killed.

By Isadora Vail
Saturday, September 02, 2006
It commemorates the death of Gay Simmons-Posey, 40, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver in April, while she was training for a charity bike ride. Police said last week they had not found the driver of the car.
Simmons-Posey's death raised questions among Austin cyclists about whether riding on Loop 360, one of the city's premier training routes, is safe.
Ron Posey said the ghost bike appeared two days after his wife was killed.
"I think it is a wonderful thing and a good gesture. I wish I knew the person who did it so I can thank them. It is a good way to remember a tragic incident," Posey said.
Posey said he called the Texas Department of Transportation to make sure the bike could remain in its spot. He and a couple of Simmons-Posey's co-workers went to the site Monday and bound the bike to the ground further away from the highway to comply with Transportation Department regulations. They poured concrete over the tire to secure the bike to the ground.
Cyclist who died was training for charity ride
Family remembers Gay Simmons-Posey as a giving person.
By Claire Osborn, American-Statesman staff
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
When Gay Simmons-Posey didn't return from her Monday bike ride for hours, her husband said he became concerned.
Ron Posey said he called his wife's cell phone three times and got no answer. He got in his car at their home in the Courtyard subdivision just north of Lake Austin and started driving the route along Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360) that she usually rode, he said.
"I saw the traffic blocked off, and I started getting sick to my stomach because I knew what had happened," Posey, 40, said.
He found out that his wife, also 40, had been struck and killed by a car that had fled the scene. Authorities were still looking for the driver of the car, which they think was gray or silver and might have front-end damage.
Simmons-Posey was riding north on Loop 360 about 12:30 p.m. when she crossed the exit ramp for Bee Cave Road, said Tela Mange, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.
As she was crossing the ramp, she had her left arm extended, apparently to show that she planned to continue riding north on Loop 360, Mange said.
A trailer hauled by a van swerved and clipped her, Mange said. Simmons-Posey fell off her bike and was hit by another vehicle headed north on Loop 360, Mange said. The driver of the van stopped, but the second driver did not, Mange said.
Posey said he and his wife were training to ride in the BP MS 150 Bike Tour from Houston to Austin this weekend.
They had done the ride for several years, as well as other rides for charity. Simmons-Posey was passionate about bicycling and wasn't worried about her safety, her husband said.
"She expressed concern about my safety," he said.
Simmons-Posey was a human resources manager for Activant Solutions, her husband said.
The couple was planning a vacation in Spain in May and had been taking Spanish lessons to prepare, he said.
Simmons-Posey grew up in Louisiana and graduated with a political science degree from Southern Methodist University, her relatives said.
A good photographer and painter, she was very athletic and devoted to her family, one of her brothers said.
"She comforted me and encouraged me and was a very good sister," Chad Simmons said.
She almost died after she was ejected from her car in a collision in 1992 in Dallas, he said. She couldn't have children after the wreck and had to have her spleen removed, Simmons said.
"Her doctors told us she could not and would not live, so I kept praying for a miracle," said her mother, Annette Turner.
Turner said she was scared by the bike rides her daughter did, and told her so.
"She said, 'Well, Mother, there is an element of danger, but you just have to do the things you love to do,' " Turner recalled.
She liked doing charity rides because she wanted to do things for other people, her mother said.
"Gay always said, 'If I go through life and have not contributed something to society, I will have to consider life a failure,' " Turner said.
Debbie Collins, one of Simmons-Posey's cousins, said Gay was never afraid to tackle problems and work through them.
"One of her favorite sayings was 'Life is not about the breaths you take but the moments that take your breath away,' " Collins said.
Anyone with information about the car that left the scene is asked to call the Department of Public Safety at 997-4131.
Woman's death jolts cycling community
By Pamela LeBlanc, American-Statesman staff
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
The accident drew particular attention because it took place at midday, on a roadway considered one of the premier training routes in the city, and it involved an experienced rider. It happened during the height of cycling season in Central Texas, just a week before roughly 13,000 cyclists will roll into the city as they finish the MS 150 Bike Tour from Houston to Austin on Sunday.
Gay Simmons-Posey was killed by a hit-and-run driver Monday while on a training ride on Loop 360 near Bee Cave Road. It was the first fatal bicycle accident in Austin this year and the fourth in the past two years. Austin police recorded one fatal bicycle accident in 2003-04.