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  • Thu October 28 2004
  • Posted Oct 28, 2004
The Tribune By By Jason Kristufek Clive bicyclist Daniel Wisnousky, 37, was an experienced rider, and that is one reason there are more questions than answers a few days after his death. Wisnousky was killed Saturday when he fell off his bike on 580th Avenue near Ames and was run over by a grain wagon pulled by a tractor. "He has a young family," fellow bike rider Steve Engeman of Ames said. "It is just very tragic, that's all I can say. We all loved him a lot." Story County Sheriff's Office spokesman Capt. Gary Foster said Wisnousky and another rider were riding for a short time alongside a tractor pulling two full grain wagons about 2 p.m. Saturday. The riders were trying to get shelter from a strong crosswind that reportedly was between 20 and 35 miles per hour. Foster said tractor driver Todd Weber, 35, of Collins knew where the riders were. And then authorities say a vehicle approached the tractor head on. Foster said Weber, who was traveling in the middle of the road, did not want to move over to the shoulder because of the riders. Weber also did not want to brake immediately. "So he gradually slowed down," Foster said. Shortly thereafter, Wisnousky fell off his bike. "I don't know that we will ever know what happened," Foster said. Members of the Tall Dogs Bicycle Club, which Wisnousky was part of, said he was a friend to everybody. Wisnousky was taking part in a ride to Slater and back to Ames on Saturday when the accident occurred. Friends said he was a longtime member of the Tall Dogs club. "He knew what he was doing," Engeman said. "He was a very experienced rider." Original News: http://www.bikeiowa.com/asp/hotnews/newsdisplay.asp?NewsID=786 Source: http://www.amestrib.com/site/news.cfm?BRD=2035&dept_id=238095&newsid=13224975&PAG=461&rfi=9

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