David Meek, of Chattanooga, Tenessee, owner of Privateer Bicycles, maker of
custom frames, died on March 6th, 2009 after being struck by a truck. David
was on his way to work that morning when he was hit as the truck apparently
snagged David's pannier and yanked the bike from under him.
David was a tremendous voice in the Chattanooga community. He was a past
president of the Chattanooga Bike Club, a wonderful individual to know, and
a commited herald for bicycle safety.
He is survived by his wife and two children.
His last posting on the Chattanooga Bike Club forum, the night before he was killed was:
"Tomorrow will be a beautiful day. It's the first day of the rest of your life. See you on the road."
The funeral procession included cyclists
The CBC set up a forum dedicated to David here.
The family requests no flowers, but memorial contributions may be made
to McCallie School, 500 Dodds Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37404 for the Joe
Restaino Fund, a bone research fund.
His death has galvinized the community to demand safer roads for cyclists.
According to the Chattanoogan: A police report on the traffic death of bicyclist David L. Meek says
the truck driver who became entangled with him "could have seen the
bike, but it is not likely that he should have seen the bike."
Chattanooga Police took the case to the Hamilton County
Grand Jury and who decided that no charges should be brought
against the truck driver - a 58-year-old Dunlap, Tn., man. The Chattanooga Pulse quotes the investigator as saying that the driver of the truck "could have seen the bike, but it is not likely that he should have seen the bike."