Loved ones share memories of 2 men killed while cycling

LEHI, Utah — Two Salt Lake County men were killed Wednesday morning while riding their bicycles to work.

The accident happened at 6 a.m. at 2100 North Redwood Road in Lehi.

Bryan Byrge, 39, and John Coons, 35, were friends and neighbors and also worked near each other, so it was not uncommon for them to bike to work together.

Police said the two cyclists were turning left onto 2100 North when they were struck by a man driving a truck in the northbound lanes of Redwood Road. Both died instantly from the impact.

FOX 13 News spoke with family and friends who paint a picture of two very active, energetic, loving, outdoorsy family men.

The Coons’ family Bishop said about John: “He loved being out and being active, so biking is one aspect. He loved basketball, he just loved being out doing things.”

Father-in-law of Bryan, Mike Vranes, said of Bryan, “He just loves life. He skis. He bikes. He boats. He surfs. He mountain bikes. He hikes. He does it all, and he shares it with his kids, and he shares it with all the young men in the ward.”

Police said both men were experienced bikers who were wearing cycling attire and helmets when the accident happened. Family members are wanting more information from the accident investigation, saying Byrge always made safety a priority.

“He’d been riding for years, he skis safe, he does it all, he does it all with a safe attitude,” Vranes said.

The two men leave behind wives and children, and a stunned community they were so invested in.

Neighbor Andy Sortor said of Coons: “He’s such a great guy that he left us with such a great memory. We’ve been laughing all morning as well as crying… at his antics and all the good times with him.”

He adds, “Both of these men leave a huge, huge void.”

Police said the driver of the truck is a 41-year-old man. He was taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries sustained when his windshield shattered.

No citations have been issued, as this is an ongoing investigation.

6 comments

  • wildone

    Be careful out there. Especially the week after daylight savings–data has shown spikes in accidents after the DST change. It’s darker in the morning and people are still adjusting to the time change.

  • Lucas Fernandez

    It is so hard to think That I seen Bryan Byrge yesterday. I am so sorry for both of the family’s and their losses.

  • luckycat

    So sad to hear of the loss of two young fathers. Remember family and friends can read comments,and so instead of placing blame and assigning who was at fault(it’s still an investigation)why can’t you offer love and prayers to thier loved ones. My son is an experienced rider and outdoor enthusiast, but accidents happen and the most carefull rider can make mistakes. My love goes out to these young families.

  • Karl

    For this to happen at that intersection, someone had to run a red light. Either the bikes, or the truck. Unless of course the bikes were turning left to drive the wrong way in the north bound lanes of 2100. I drive 6 miles to work on surface streets, and I see at least 1 red light run each trip. Usually it is more. And I rarely see a bicycle stop for anything. There is no reason for it. Both cars and bikes need to stop for those lights, and remember that anyone already in the intersection has the right away. Don’t just go speeding into an intersection because the light just turned green. Slow down and make sure it is clear.

  • Jack

    As one of the first people on the scene from all the witnesses I spoke with stated the lights the bikes was equipped with was not turned on, both men proceed without stopping through the stop (red arrow) light when they was struck by the pickup. Neither of the riders was wearing reflective clothing and to make matters worse they was almost entirely dressed in black riding dark colored bicycles from what I had seen. Bicyclist need to start following the laws when riding on roadways and officers need to start enforcement of these laws every bit as vigorously as they do on motorized vehicles. Only then will this kind of accdent be reduced in the future.

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