Man Biking Across US for Charity Killed in Crash

Sarah Morris was allegedly looking at her phone when she hit Patrick Wanninkhof
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 31, 2015 9:01 AM CDT
Man Biking Across US for Charity Killed in Crash
Patrick Wanninkhof.   (Bike & Build)

On Sunday, Patrick Wanninkhof led a 26-person team that spent the day working for Habitat for Humanity. The 25-year-old was doing such charity work as part of Bike & Build, a group that bikes from coast to coast to raise funds for affordable housing. Yesterday, while cycling through Oklahoma, the leader of a Maine-to-Santa Barbara trip was killed. Sarah Morris, 34, hit Wanninkhof and fellow biker Bridget Anderson around 8am as they were headed west on Highway 152. Newson6 reports an Oklahoma Highway Patrol report says Morris admitted to looking at her phone at the time of the crash. The bikers were stuck from behind, and Wanninkhof was declared dead at the scene, reports News 9. Anderson, 22, suffered a leg injury; Morris was unharmed.

Wanninkhof's Bike & Build profile paints the picture of an impressive man with bicycling in his Dutch blood: He followed a degree in Materials Engineering with three years of Teach for America work and a Masters in Teaching Adolescent Physics. The Florida native was working as a teacher in the Bronx, and wrote that his belief "that all my students needed to do was work harder and success would follow" was shaken "when a student told me that she and her mom had been moving between relatives houses every week after they couldn't pay rent. How on earth could I expect her to give her all to Newton's Laws when she wasn't sure where she'd be sleeping that evening?" Newson6 reports the experience inspired his ride. No word yet on whether Morris will face charges. (Another driver who killed a cyclist had her phone taken away.)

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