If this isn’t the saddest thing you read all day, then you’re reading too much news.
Last Thursday, in Exeter Township, Pa., a man was killed when the hand cycle he received from well-wishers at a charity fundraiser in his honor crashed into an ambulance, according to FirefighterCloseCalls.com.
Steven B. Johnson, 49, was riding his cycle — a bicycle modified to be operated by hands for people with leg paralysis — when he veered into the path of a Boyertown Advanced Life Support ambulance, was struck, and died.
The ambulance was returning from a call at regular traffic speeds and was not carrying any patients.
Johnson was a life-long cyclist and road racer who was paralyzed due to a spinal cord injury he sustained in a downhill road bicycling accident in 1993. The hand cycle was given to him by the the IM ABLE Foundation.