The 36th Amish Country Bike Tour in the State of Delaware, USA ended fatally for former college basketball star Larry Yarbray Sr. on Sunday when he veered directly into oncoming traffic during the event.
Yarbray, 51, was riding in the middle of a double paceline pack on a two-lane country road when he touched wheels with another rider, lost control, swerved left across the solid yellow centerline and head-on into the path of a GMC Sierra truck, according to the Delaware State Police.
Aaron Bass, who was riding ahead of Yarbray on the same 60 mile route told Delaware Online, “I [saw] a truck that had passed me in oncoming traffic and it was going fast. Then I heard the crash.”
Emergency paramedics arrived quickly, initiated life-saving care and immediately transported Yarbray to hospital, where, sadly, he died.
Founder of the Chester Cycling Team, Yarbray was an avid, experienced and frequent cyclist, but is more widely known for his college basketball career.
Yarbray was Coppin State University’s starting point guard when the men’s basketball team made its first-ever national tournament (NCAA) appearance in 1990. His 622 career assists are a school record.
After learning of Yarbray’s death, Rob Knox offered the following heartfelt words of condolence for his friend:
The 23 year-old driver of the GMC Sierra was not injured and at press time has not been charged with a crime while police continue their investigation.
Photos: Larry Yarbray Sr.