The motorist who crashed into and killed cyclist Troy Tousey fears he fell asleep at the wheel moments before the collision, according to new reports from the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department.
Roger Petersen, 67, offered that explanation during his initial conversation with sheriff’s deputies investigating the bicyclist fatality, which occurred on Highway Y in the Town of Mosel about 6:45 p.m. on June 6.
The deputy wrote: “He said he thinks he fell asleep because he remembers opening his eyes and the bicyclist was on the roadway right in front of his car, in his driving lane. He noticed there were two more cyclists on the road near the white line but this one was right in front of him. He said he didn’t even have time to brake because he was so close.”
On Monday, Bike Fed Education Director Jessica Binder and I met with Maja Holcomb in Sheboygan. Maja, 16, is a racer who was friend and frequent training partner with Troy Tousey. She is interested in starting a safety and awareness program that targets teen drivers. The Bike Fed has plans to coordinate a multi-faceted teen driver bicycle safety program with Maja. Stay tuned here for more details.