MidWeek News Wrapup – Kendra’s Tour, Springfield Bike Trails, Kidical Mass, Drunk Driving, and more

A Deer Tick: Enemy of Cyclists!

WeBikeEugene’s slow-down became a complete stop a little over a week ago when Kendra’s three week bike tour around the Great Lakes ended in near tragedy.  Two weeks into the trip, her riding partner acquired an infection that made it impossible for them to continue.  Disappointed, they cut the ride a week and a half short and headed back to Des Moines, IA.  On the way back Kendra got an incredible headache that lasted for days, and was hospitalized in Des Moines July 11th (Sunday) with some version of tick-borne Meningitis.  They aren’t sure if it is Lyme’s Disease or something viral, but either way it kicked her butt.   I arrived in Iowa a few days later, a week earlier than planned, and stayed with Kendra until she was discharged last Saturday.  She is slowly recovering, and should be okay in a few weeks.

WBE experienced a complete stop while this played out, but we are ready to return in a “slowed-down” fashion, and will return to full speed in late August or Early September.

The rest of our wrapup covers proposed Sprinfield bikeways, Kidical Mass, EugeneBicyclist.com, a car-free family, and drunk driving sentencing.

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Hit-and-run driver sentenced to 7.5 years

Joshua Clifton, the driver who was racing down 30th Ave. on October 16th, 2009 when he hit cyclist Hart Godbold, has been sentenced to 7.5 years in prison for felony hit-and-run, filing a false police report (he reported his car stolen after the accident), and driving with a suspended license.  Clifton lost control of his car while racing, crossed two oncoming traffic lanes, and hit Godbold who was riding up the hill on the sidewalk. Clifton had been drinking rum before the accident, and had a suspended license due to a previous drunk driving conviction in California.

Click here for WeBikeEugene’s previous coverage of the incident.

The Register-Guard published an article about the conviction on Wednesday which had some shocking new information.   Excerpts below: (emphasis mine)

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30th Ave hit-and-run driver convicted

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Joshua Gene Clifton, the driver in the October 16, 2009 hit-and-run on East 30th Ave near Onyx St, was found guilty last Thursday of all charges stemming from the incident.  Clifton was drunk and racing another driver down the 30th Ave. hill towards Hilyard at 11:45 pm when he lost control, crossed at least three lanes of traffic, drove up onto the sidewalk, and struck 26-year-old Hart Godbold as he was bicycling up the hill.  Clifton continued driving and later reported his car stolen.

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