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Wisconsin Bicyclists Deaths Already Match 2010 Total

Posted on Sep 22, 2011

In a recent post, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that two more bicyclists have been killed, bringing the Wisconsin total bicycle fatalities to 9, equal to the total number of cyclists killed in 2010.

The crash occurred on August 19, in Kenosha. Wayne Bricco, a 50-year-old electrician and handy man was riding southbound on 24th Avenue and crossed 60th Street into the path of a westbound car. Roughly a month earlier, Ell Nealy Jr., aged 56, turned into the path of a car while bicycling westbound in the 2200 block of W. National Avenue in Milwaukee. Nealy crashed within a couple of blocks from his home, suffered severe head injuries and died on August 2nd.

Five of the cyclists killed in 2011 were struck from behind by motor vehicles. In four other cases, the cyclists rode into the path of vehicles, according to police reports.

Sam Ferrito, aged 56, a chemist at Rexnord and a wedding photographer, was killed when a Pontiac Sunfire hit him from behind in Oak Creek on July 17th. Joshua Chomicki, 18, later told police that he had "blacked out" when he hit the cyclist. Ferrito was riding southbound but on the outer edge of the northbound lane when he was hit. Police are waiting for a crash reconstruction before concluding their investigation.