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By Velonews Interactive
Garrett Wonders, a member of the Hincapie Sportswear-Bianchi cycling team, died on Wednesday after being struck by a pickup truck while training in South Carolina.
“This is a terrible tragedy that can remind us all of the inherent danger of the sport we love,” said Hincapie Sportswear’s Steve Baker in a posting to the Internet newsgroup rec.bicycles.racing. “My sincere condolences go out to Garrett’s family and friends in this very difficult time.”
According to the Charleston Post and Courier website, Wonders, 25, was on a solo training ride on State Road 791 south of Moncks Corner when he was sideswiped by a northbound 1995 Ford pickup driven by Theodore Borck, 50, of Moncks Corner.
Wonders was thrown from the bike and landed in a ditch. He was transported via helicopter to the Medical University of South Carolina, where he was pronounced dead, according to Berkeley County Coroner Glenn Rhoad.
No charges have been filed against Borck, according to the newspaper.
Wonders was an instructor at the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command school at the Naval Weapons Station in Goose Creek. He is survived by his wife, Terri, a student teacher.