The family of Tate Meintjes, a 19-year-old amateur cyclist who died March 12 in a collision with an automobile while previewing the time trial course at the Redlands Bicycle Classic in California, has started a scholarship fund to honour the young cyclist.
“We will be providing a yearly scholarship for a University of Nevada, Reno student who exhibits Tate’s outlook on life: drive, dedication, compassion, happiness and simple joy,” Meintjes’ father, Andre, wrote in a post on Facebook.
Tate Meintjes, who rode for the Team California domestic elite amateur program, was riding with a group of cyclists who were previewing a downhill section of the out-and-back course the day before the race, starting with a descent on Sand Canyon Road outside of Redlands in southern California, when the incident occurred.
Meintjes collided with an automobile when the vehicle’s driver turned suddenly into his path. Meintjes suffered major injuries when he crashed through the vehicle’s window. He was pronounced dead at Loma Linda University Hospital.
The California Highway Patrol told the Redlands Daily Facts that Meintjes was following a Honda Accord that was travelling in the same direction when the crash occurred.
“The Honda made a U-turn directly into the path of the cyclist and the cyclist crashed into the Honda,” the CHP said. A CHP spokesman told Cyclingnews Thursday morning that no citations have been issued and the incident is still under investigation.
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