The Modesto Police Department has identified the bicyclist who was killed in a Wednesday evening crash.
Police say 47-year-old David Wilcoxson was riding his bike against traffic on Kansas Avenue and biked through a red light. A driver going north on North Carpenter hit him.
Despite the allegations of how he rode his bike, loved ones said Wilcoxson took safety seriously “and he would make his every time they ride their bike … he would make them wear their helmets, too,” Pedro Gonzalez, a family friend told FOX40 on Thursday.
Wilcoxson’s family shared a photo with FOX40 and say he will be remembered as helpful, kind, and a God-fearing man who would give the shirt off his back to those less fortunate, even when he didn’t have a lot to spare.
“I kind of saw him as a second father to me, and I did look up to him and he … he helped mold me in a way to be a better person, and he’s had an influence on my life but I never really got the chance to share that with him,” Gonzalez said.
Another deadly bicycle vs. vehicle crash happened on Monday morning, when 79-year-old Arcadio Plancarte was traveling on Maze Boulevard. He was hit by four cars resulting in his death.
Police are still looking for what they describe as a dark brown 2008 Mini Cooper hardtop hatchback with major damage to the front driver’s side. If you have any information about this incident please contact the Modesto Police Department at (209) 572-9500.