The Iowa Bicycle Coalition has learned of a crash involving a bicyclist participating during an event in Des Moines on Sunday. Reports indicate the person riding the bicycle, Wade Franck, was critically injured. Wade is well known in the cycling community and has encouraged countless numbers of people to ride bicycles.
News reports indicate the driver has been located after leaving the scene and charged with operating while intoxicated. The police have been quoted to say the driver was also charged with driving while barred. If the allegations are true, this is a driver that should have never been behind the wheel.
The Coalition will be watching to assure that a full and fair investigation is completed. When the investigation is complete, we hope appropriate charges are filed.
We will continue to keep Wade Franck in our thoughts.