An Austin cyclist and author died Feb. 17, 2018 after a truck struck him as he changed a tire on the side of the road according to the Austin American Statesman.
Andrew Tilin, who wrote The Dope Next Door about how supplemental testosterone affected his bike racing performance, died of his injuries at Round Rock Medical Center after a pickup truck hit him.
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Tilin was riding with the Grupo VOP cycling club along FM 620 when he pulled off the side of the road to fix a flat tire on his bicycle. A pickup truck and car collided at the corner of Marshall Ford Road and North FM 620, sending the truck spinning into Tilin. Austin-Travis County EMS responded to the incident at approximately 9 a.m. Saturday, transporting Tilin and a woman in her 20s with non-life threatening injuries to Round Rock Medical Center.
Members of Grupo VOP, one of Austin’s oldest cycling clubs, are planning a memorial for Tilin. He is survived by two children.
“He was always positive,” said Brad Houston, an Austin attorney who represents cyclists and frequently rode with Tilin. “He had, in my perspective, figured out life a long time ago and knew what was important. He valued his kids and family. The Austin bicycling community is really lucky he moved here and we got to know him. He’s that person when you’re talking to him he’s really listening. Whatever you’re telling him is the most important thing.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) most recent statistics show 818 cyclists died in automobile-cyclist crashes in 2015, representing 2.3% of all total traffic fatalities that year.
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