Two more bicyclists have been added to the list of those killed in crashes on Wisconsin roads, and the total for the year now matches the nine fatalities recorded in all of 2010.
Five of the cyclists killed in 2011 were struck from behind by motor vehicles. In the other four fatalities, the cyclists biked into the paths of cars, according to police reports.
The most recent fatal crash occurred on Aug. 19, in Kenosha.
Wayne Bricco, a 50-year-old electrician and handy man was headed southbound on 24th Ave. and crossed 60th St. into the path of a westbound car. He died the next day.
Roughly a month earlier in Milwaukee, Ell Nealy Jr., 56, turned into the path of a car while bicycling westbound in the 2200 block of W. National Ave. He was within a couple blocks of his home. Nealy suffered head injuries, and died on Aug. 2.
All of the bicycling fatalities in the state this year occurred after July 1.
Through August of 2010, the state Department of Transportation had recorded five cyclist deaths.
Joel Patenaude, the editor of Silent Sports Magazine, discusses the recent fatalities and his own close call in his column for the September issue. Patenaude also recommends Dave Schlabowske’s recent post calling for more safety on the roads.