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Triathlete killed in accident remembered
Geneva, N.Y. - The Musselman Triathlon continued Sunday.
A day after a racer, 38-year-old Michael Coyle of Irondequoit died.
“It's [Sunday’s race] a more subdued tone athletes were saddened by what happened,” said Race Director Jeff Henderson.
On Saturday, during the Mini-Mussel Triathlon Coyle had completed the 750-meter swim and was eight-miles into the 16-mile bike ride when it happened.
“We have reports that their [Coyle’s] head was down that they weren't looking up we don't know what actually happened but they rode into the back of the car,” said Henderson.
An SUV was parked on the shoulder of the road on Route 96A in Varick; it had run out of gas.
“There was nothing we could have done yesterday [Saturday], we prepare this race,” said Henderson. “We spend the whole year preparing for it we take safety - that's our number one priority. We do everything we can to reduce the risk, but we're out there with other cars with other traffic that's out there in the real world.”
“I rode through the scene but it was after I saw the ambulance leaving the scene and I rode up onto about 10 minutes later,” said Bonnie Venton of Moms in Motion.
Motion competed Saturday in honor of her friend and fellow triathlete Heather Boyum.
Boyum was killed in a hit and run in Penfield as she rode her bike about a year ago.
“We're very sad for his family,” said Venton. “He by all accounts seemed like a wonderful guy, loved his family loved his sport and loved his friends and a lot like Heather in a lot of ways. Loved his life and it's very sad to see somebody take out doing what he loved.”
This is the 10th year for the Musselman Triathlon that attracts athletes from all over the world. Saturday was the first time someone was killed in an accident during the race.