Horsey Hundred Fatality (2015)

Background Reading

A Lexington man died after being hit by a vehicle while participating in the Horsey Hundred cycling event Saturday afternoon in Scott County, and the driver who hit him was arrested.

The cyclist, identified by the Fayette County coroner’s office as Mark Hinkel, 57, was at mile 99 of the 102-mile Century ride when he was hit, said Pam Thomas, event director.

Georgetown Police Captain Robert Swanigan said Hinkel was westbound when he was hit head-on by an oncoming pickup truck on Lemons Mill Road at 3:39 p.m. Swanigan said the truck had gone off the right side of the road, then crossed both lanes and hit Hinkel.

Other cyclists were riding with Hinkel and saw the crash occur, he said.

“The cyclist actually came to rest in the bed of the pickup,” Swanigan said.

He said the truck driver, Odilon Paz-Salvador, continued down Lemons Mill and turned right onto Lisle Road, where a sheriff’s deputy saw Hinkel in the truck bed and pursued. Paz-Salvador pulled over at Spindletop mobile home park, Swanigan said.

Hinkel was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:18 p.m., according to the coroner’s office.

Paz-Salvador, 29, of Georgetown, was taken to the Scott County Detention Center. By Saturday night, he had been charged with murder, driving under the influence, wanton endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident and fleeing and evading, jail officials said.

Hinkel, an attorney, was a partner at Landrum & Shouse LLP.

Kathy Stein said she and Hinkel graduated from the UK College of Law together in 1983.

The Horsey Hundred, sponsored by the Bluegrass Cycling Club, includes several rides of various lengths, including the Century ride, which is the longest.

Thomas said about 2,500 cyclists from throughout the U.S. and several foreign countries are participating in this year’s event. She said this is the first time a fatality has occurred during the event’s 38 years.

Summary


TakeAways

How ironic that the one pastime that seems to be most clearly indulged in by bicyclists is the one that often results in their death at the hands of a motorist. And if you yourself indulge in alcohol after your ride and either climb back on your bike or bundle yourself into an automobile to get home, who are you to complain?

The passion that cyclists have for drinking makes a mockery of the Ride of Silence. It is like having a memorial service for a friend who succumbs to HIV and afterwards you decide to engage in unprotected sex.

Are we as a subculture ever going to realize that drinking and cycling share an uneasy place in our lives? If for no other reason than that we want to discourage the almost abject neglect of society to the effects of their overindulgences we should be the most conscientious of people. After all we have the most to lose in a collision between a drunk driver and us on a bicycle.

One more thing… No bicycle club on the planet should ever have as its motto:

BEER IS THE ANSWER!

Beer is not the answer it is the problem. Or to be more precise our culture of overindulgence in substances that cloud our judgment and ruin our reflexes is what makes beer so very accessible and thus the root of many driving and cycling problems.