The LoToJa annual bicycle race is something that those who live in Wyoming look forward to each year. In fact, the bike race has garnered attention from bicyclists outside of state, as cyclists from surrounding states have started to participate in this exciting, challenging event.
LoToJa is the longest one-day bicycle race in the entire country that is endorsed by USA Cycling. With cyclists pouring in from across the whole nation, this year’s race had 1,500 competitors partake in the race.
Unfortunately, 2012’s race marked the first major accident in the history of the cycling event. Robert Verhaaren, a 42 year old resident of Mesa, Arizona, died during a tragic series of events while racing in this year’s LoToJa.
Robert was cycling through the race when he saw a pothole in the road. Swerving to circumvent the hole, he crashed on a bridge only 8 miles before the race’s finish line. Robert fell approximately 35 feet in the Snake River, dying on impact.
The Wyoming Department of Transportation will look into the details of this particular race. In addition to the fatal crash, two severe accidents occurred on top of 200 flat tires. Cyclists’ concerns are growing as these numbers are unprecedented.
If you or loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, Phillips Law Group is here to help. Contact us today to learn more!