Son says cyclist died ‘doing what he loved’

TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) Friends and family members are mourning the loss of a man killed while riding his bicycle Saturday in western Travis County.

The crash happened shortly after 7:15 a.m. at the intersection of Bee Caves Road and Creek’s Edge Parkway.

Described by friends as an avid cyclist, John Fusselman, 67, was hit by a car while riding his bike.

Medics took Fusselman to University Medical Center Brackenridge with life-threatening injuries, according to investigators. Fusselman died at the hospital, loved ones say.

“John Halsey Fusselman was an avid bicyclist and nature lover,” wrote John’s son, whom is also named John Fusselman. “He loved God, his wife, his son and the great outdoors. He died doing what he loved!  Please keep riding and be safe!”

John believes the rising sun may have blinded the driver, whom a witness says stayed at the scene.

Fellow rider and friend Jeff Newberry says adversity reveals character, and for John, it revealed a “kind, generous soul.”

“I’ll be telling John Fusselman stories, so long as there’s people to listen to them — until I am a very old man indeed,” Newberry said.

Scene of the crash (Frank Martinez / KXAN)
Scene of the crash (Frank Martinez / KXAN)

“Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel about Mr. Fusselman’s death,” the group Please Be Kind to Cyclists posted to Facebook. “We send our love and condolences to his wife, his son and everyone whom Mr. Fusselman touched with his grateful smile.”

Meanwhile, Department of Public Safety officials are investigating the crash.

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