Cyclist sucked in by vortex of cane truck

2011-10-04 00:00

CONDOLENCES came in from around the globe following the death of a Richards Bay motorbike shop owner in a freak accident on Sunday.

Rex Keith “Skiff” Wainwright (64), owner of Ride High Yamaha in Richards Bay, was killed when the bicycle he was riding was pulled into the vortex of a fully loaded cane truck heading south on the R102 (old Mtubatuba road) north of Empangeni early on Sunday morning.

Wainwright cycled every weekend from Empangeni to the N2 Nseleni/Richards Bay offramp and back.

His wife, Sonja, who opened the store as usual on Monday morning, said she is overwhelmed by the support and condolences she has received from the North Coast biking fraternity.

Philip Coetzee, president of a North Coast fraternity to which most biking clubs on the North Coast belong, said Wainwright will be remembered for his active involvement in all bike-related activities.

Gian Ferraris, organiser of the annual Hippo Rally in Richards Bay, said he was shocked by the news of Wainwright’s death.

“He was a legend of his time. He suffered from a bad neck and bad back, but he still managed to get on his bicycle every weekend to remain fit,” said Ferraris.

A funeral will be held at the Empangeni Dutch Reformed Church at 2 pm on Friday. A mass ride is planned. Ride High will be closed on Friday.

zulunews2@feveronline.co.za

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