C.R. Ride of Silence draws cyclists, victim’s family

Penny Vanous of Rowley was one of eight Iowa bicyclists killed in accidents in 2008.

Her husband, Donald, and daughter, Amanda, were in Cedar Rapids Wednesday evening to see cyclists off at the start of the city’s first Ride of Silence.

Donald and Amanda spoke with some of the cyclists before the ride, recalling in painful detail how he saw Penny thrown more than 70 feet by the impact from the car that struck both of them from behind the morning of Aug. 31 in Buchanan County. He suffered minor injuries.

“I think she probably broke every bone in her body,” he said.

No charges were filed.

The driver of the car “still has her license to this day,” Amanda said.

She then spoke briefly to the assembled cyclists, thanking them for participating in the Ride of Silence, before they set out from Greene Square Park to pedal quietly to Noelridge Park and back.

More than 30 cyclists participated. Here’s a link to organizer Dave Glandon’s report.

1 Response to “C.R. Ride of Silence draws cyclists, victim’s family”

  1. 1 Larry Howe May 21, 2009 at 10:21 am

    I was very moved speaking with Donald and Amanda about their loss. Thank you both for coming and sharing.

    Connie and I were riding in memory of her brother-in-law, Paul Howard, who was killed by a hit and run motorist two years ago this July in MN. Paul left a wife and three children along with his parents.

    Senseless tragedies.


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