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Family Mourns Bicyclist Hit by Truck

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A family is mourning after an avid cyclist training for this summer's RAGBRAI ride is hit and killed by a pickup truck.The collision happening along T64 just south of 300th street in Floyd County just before noon on Wednesday. 69-year-old Robert Philips died after being struck.

An avid bike rider, loving father and grandfather passes away Wednesday morning after being hit by a pick up truck. His family says this is an avoidable tragedy.

Chalk and orange spray paint outlining skid marks left by a pick up truck and by a bicycle are left at the scene. Also left behind-sunglasses and a watch.

Police say Robert Philips was wearing his helmet at the time of the accident. His daughter, Regina Philips calling me from Florida saying Regina and her father would bike often. In fact riding bikes was something their entire family has been doing for years. In a statement the Philips family says:

"Bob Philips was a loving father and grandfather.  He loved to give to those around him especially of his time and talents.

He had a beautiful singing voice and shared it by being involved over the years with church choirs and the Charles City Singers. He was a talented pianist and organist, lending his talents to church and school as an accompanist. He also played the harp and clarinet.

He volunteered his time over the years with the local volunteer ambulance crew and Lions Club as well as at other community and group events.

For the past 9 years he has been a part of Jung's Tae Kwon do in Nashua and New Hampton, earning his 3rd Don Black Belt.

In 2013, he was the crew leader for his kids and grand kids for RAGBRAI.  It was here he gained a love of cycling.  When RAGBRAI came through Greene the next year Bob, his daughters, and one of his granddaughters decided to ride again for three of the days.  He was training for his first full week of RAGBRAI this year which he was to take with his daughter, son-in-law, and 2 of his granddaughters.

He was full of life, easy to make smile, he enjoyed working with kids of all ages.  He loved his gardening as well.  

His family will remember him as our port in any storm, never to excitable, always there with some wit and wisdom.

Our family would like to remind drivers to be on the look out for cyclists and to remind those training for RAGBRAI to be cautious on the roads."

Robert Philips was 69-years-old. His family's wish would be to use this as a way to prevent future cyclist with vehicle collisions.

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