We lost another triathlete this past weekend.
Jared Bynum, a 30 year old Jacksonville, FL man, was struck by a SUV while in the midst of a 100 mile bike ride – one of his final tune up rides for next month’s Ironman Florida race. The driver who hit him told police that she couldn’t see him because the rising sun cast a glare that impeeded her vision.
Initial online reaction to Jared’s death placed immediate blame on the driver – surely she must have been texting or speeding. Of course, the investigation is still going on as to what the real proximate cause of the crash was. The road Jared was on heads due east towards the coast – and the sun can be blinding when heading that direction at sunrise.
By all accounts, Jared was a hell of a guy. I didn’t know him. I’ve probably seen him on the roads in Jacksonville, though. The part of the city where I live is a favorite cycling area. This crash happened less than 10 miles from my front door. He leaves behind a wife and tons of friends.
Rest in peace, Jared. Here’s to hoping that there are lots of gold-paved bike lanes in heaven.