A 47-year-old College Station man was killed Friday afternoon after authorities say the bike he was riding was hit by a vehicle.

According to Sgt. Stephen Woodard with the Department of Public Safety, Kenneth Spence was riding a bicycle northbound on the access road of Texas 6 near the intersection of the Peach Creek Cutoff around 4 p.m. when he was hit from behind by a Chevrolet Suburban. The driver of the Suburban told authorities of being blinded by the sun.

Authorities said Spence was taken to a local hospital, where he later died. No charges have been filed, and the incident remains under investigation.

The northbound access road was temporarily closed to traffic while authorities investigated.

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(16) comments

ToFi

How can someone possibly not see a cyclist on this stretch of road? It's a straight two-lane road (three lanes including the turning lane where this happened) with very little traffic. I've been going up this road a few times today - just around the time when it happened yesterday - trying to understand how. I had a few cyclists in front of me and could spot them from at least half a mile away. The sun isn't an issue around that time of the day (if ever) either unless you are driving while constantly looking over your left shoulder. Using a cell phone at that time might have been an issue, though, due to glare. I'm pretty certain that distracted driving is to blame and hope the guy gets taken off the road a soon as possible before he kills more people. Not too optimistic. He should be charged with manslaughter and the State of Texas is complicit with its laughable cell phone/distracted driving laws.

Rest in peace, Ken, and I wish friends and family lots of strength. What an unnecessary and easily avoidable death.

ppwoods

I have to say rest in peace Ken. You put your life in jeopardy. Now your family will have to suffer, May God offer them peace.

ToFi

Please don't blame the victim. That's very direspectful to Ken and his family. He hasn't done anything wrong, it's 100% on the driver of the car.

ShinningLight5

Ppwoods, you should be ashamed of yourself! Ken was one of the safest, if not the safest cyclists that the Brazos Valley cycling community knew. Ken, didn’t put his life in jeopardy, he was out riding on a roamy road, a road traveled by cyclists thousands of times over, it was a clear day (no sun in eyes of northbound drivers), he had no reason to feel he was putting himself in situation that would result in his death. College Station is a cycling community, vehicles and bicycles share the roads daily. Be respectful of his life! He was an amazing man and didn’t deserve his life to be taken this way. He didn’t cause his family to suffer, Negligence did!

ShinningLight5

I just want to clarify....ppwoods, the negligence doesn’t rest on the shoulders of Ken!
Everyone needs to wake up, when driving be alert! Don’t be distracted! Lives are on the line! Pay attention!!!

Brazos County Citizen

"The driver of the Suburban told authorities of being blinded by the sun."

Surely this is something the authorities can check out very easily. I don't believe it personally.

ppwoods

At that time of day, the sun IS an issue. Bicyclist should not ride in the lane designated for cars.

Local citizen

If you look at the shadows, it seems sun was not likely an issue (it's to the left, not in front). Nevertheless, it's incorrect that cyclists should not ride in lanes designated for cars (see link below). I hope all of us at least pause to reflect on how we use our roads and first and foremost agree that what's most important is that everyone travel safely. Too often we forget what powerful machines our vehicles are and how quickly distracted driving can end in tragedy. It doesn't matter whether you like the person driving in front of you or whether you think bicycles should be relegated to city parks, none of us really wants to be hurt or hurt others. I'll offer a link to some information to both cyclists and drivers about rules and responsibilities: https://www.sharetheroadtexas.org/safety-tips/.

ToFi

Please go there yourself at that time and you'll see that there is no issue with the sun. Besides that lane isn't "designated for cars". He wasn't riding on a freeway.

ShinningLight5

You are not correct! I drove this route the next day at the time of the accident and unfortunately the sun was no where near my windshield or field of vision. It was to the drivers side of my truck. None of my view was blocked by the sun.
Making hurtful comments about the accident when you weren’t there and don’t know what you’re talking about is harmful and not necessary. You regarded his family earlier above, you should respect them and the victim.

ShinningLight5


You are NOT correct! I drove this route the next day at the time of the accident and unfortunately the sun was no where near my windshield or field of vision. It was to the drivers side of my truck. None of my view was blocked by the sun.
Making hurtful comments about the accident when you weren’t there and don’t know what you’re talking about is harmful and not necessary. You regarded his family earlier above, you should respect them and the victim.

KAnd

Unfortunately it’s the attitude of people like ppwoods that ignores the laws in place, or maybe won’t read up on it, and puts his/her own beliefs ahead of a human life. The cyclist had every single right to be on that road, just like the suburban. It doesn’t matter what you personally think. Educate yourself and show compassion.

jqp3

Not sure when the sun started setting in the north. It was perfect driving conditions: flat, clear, daylight, dry, and lots of room. I drove it the next day at the same time. The sun hitting my left ear. No skid marks on the ground. If you say that Ken shouldn't have been on the road then a Toyota Corolla shouldn't have been on the road either, as a suburban came down the road like a high-speed train.

agnerd

"No charges have been filed, and the incident remains under investigation."
Why the heck not? That's at least involuntary manslaughter. Is the driver well-connected politically?

agnerd

"northbound on the access road of Texas 6 near the intersection of the Peach Creek Cutoff around 4 p.m. "

This driver is flat out lying. Heading NORTHbound at 4pm with the sun setting in the WEST, and he didn't see the bike to the NORTH of him??? Hope the cops figure this out.

shuskyrn

Ken Spence was a retired Navy Commander with multiple combat deployments, be respectful of this hero

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