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Conn. cyclist dies after accident on Route 1

July 26, 2013

Richard C. Gardiner, 84, struck by motorist near Shannock Road

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – An 84-year-old man was fatally injured Thursday when he was struck by a motor vehicle while biking on Route 1 south.
The incident occurred at 4:58 p.m. in the Green Hill and Shannock Road section of Route 1, police said.

The biker, Richard C. Gardiner, of Canton, Conn., was struck when he allegedly attempted to turn in front of a car traveling down Route 1, South Kingstown Police Captain Joel Ewing-Chow said Monday.
Ewing-Chow said there would be no criminal charges stemming from the incident, but said police were still working on reconstructing the incident Monday.
According to Gardiner’s obituary, published Monday in the Hartford Courant, he was known as Dick and was an avid cyclist, riding his bike to work daily from Canton to Hartford since the 1960s.
He also enjoyed hiking, kayaking, began the Connecticut Region Nordic Ski Patrol in the 1970s and served on ski patrols throughout New England, according to the obituary.
Calling hours will be Friday, July 26 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Vincent Funeral Home, 120 Albany Turnpike in Canton, Conn. A memorial service will be held at Ski Sundown in New Hartford, Conn., Sunday, July 28 at 10 a.m. Donations may be made in his memory to the Roaring Brook Nature Center, 70 Gracey Road, Canton, Conn.

Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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