A well-known Washington DC, USA cyclist was killed Monday when he was struck by a van while on a training ride, Maryland State Police announced on Monday.
Police said around 14:45 Shawn Blumenfeld, 51, was riding on Taneytown Pike when a large 2021 Dodge van crashed into Blumenfeld’s bike from behind, killing him instantly.
The driver of the van, Tyler Clark, 26, from Pennsylvania, remained at the scene of the crash, but was not charged with a crime. The investigation has not yet determined why Clark crashed into Blumenfeld, but charges may be forthcoming pending the outcome of a full investigation and consultation with the State’s Attorney’s Office.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Blumenfeld operated a cycling events company called Hub Racing, was a USA Cycling certified coach (Level 1) and described himself as “one of the most successful unsuccessful bike racers of all time.”
In February he posted on social media that his goal for 2022 was to return to racing after a long break and participate in the Mid Atlantic 25 mile Time Trial Series.
His sister, Lane Blumenfeld, wrote a tribute to her brother on Facebook: “My heart is heavy. My eyes are wet. My younger brother Shawn Bega Blumenfeld died doing what he loved most, cycling.”