Yannick Nils Linke

Photo: Sophia Linke

8/13/10 – Yannick’s vibrant life ended when he was cycling down Masonic Avenue and was hit from behind by a 1989 Mercedes-Benz allegedly being driven by 36-year-old Joshua Calder, an Oakland man who admitted to police that he had been drinking. Calder made an appearance in court Friday where he plead not guilty to numerous charges, including vehicular manslaughter. Linke had lights and was not disobeying any traffic laws.

Sophia Linke’s remembrance of her brother:

“Dear people from San Francisco, dear bicylists, dear friends,

I am very happy to hear you are participating in the memorial vigil tonight. Until today I did not really understand that my brother Yannick actually died. Maybe the shock is too big – maybe all the organizing distracts me too much… But I simply cannot imagine a future without him, so that’s maybe why I’m also not trying to. But I’m sure – sooner or later I have to.

Simply put: Yannick was a happy person. He had bright blue eyes and a big smile that could lighten the tension or lift the sadness from a room. Being his older sister, I can certainly recall arguments and fights during our childhood, but he never held grudges, never held on to anger, and all misgivings were soon forgotten. He liked to joke around but took things serious when it had to be, he was a reliable person who would be there to help someone who needed it. He was also a person that stayed in contact with his friends all over the world. While there were extended periods his friends and family would go without seeing him, he always managed to send e-mails, call or just leave a message on your facebook wall; He was always a part of our lives even while away on his travels.

Yannick grew up in Berlin, loved it, and knew it by heart. Despite his love of his home, his interest in travel was never-ending and though he only reached 22, he had already lived in two countries, and visited a number of others. At age 15 during secondary school he studied abroad in Switzerland for an entire year. He enjoyed Switzerland so much that he returned every summer for the past six years as a staff member for the Montreux Jazz festival. He spoke fluent French and English, and this (French) not only allowed him the job at the festival, but his knowledge of English, as well as his love of languages allowed him to reach out to all different people from all different parts of the world, which is exactly what he did. Upon finishing secondary school in Germany he embarked on a half year journey that would take him from the salt flats of Bolivia, to the carnival in Buenos Aires, to the unscathed beauty of South American better known as Patagonia. The trip continued to New Jersey to visit a friend, then to Portland, Oregon, and finally back home. When he came back to Germany he decided to move to Vienna and study there.

Memorial on August 25 - Photo: Wm Kirk Moore c 2010 http://www.kirkmoore.com

I went to visit him there this Easter and we had a wonderful time. It was nice to hike in the vineyards close to the city and he showed me the city like a professional tour guide. (What other places would Yannick have discovered had he stayed with us?)

While remaining stationary, a big hobby of his was sports. He stayed active both in Berlin and Vienna playing for local handball teams. When matches were on TV he would inch closer to the television set like a five-year-old boy. He truly loved the competitive aspect of sports, and the best that it can bring in an individual. During the Olympics, he would devote time to almost all the events and I often found it funny how excited he could get over an event you might not have even known he would care about. (His last post on facebook noted he had just learned how to play American handball during his stay in New York.)

While he loved to play sports, he never would be confused for a sports-nut, as his real passion was clearly and proudly music. He loved to listen to Jazz. I remember when he was a small boy (maybe 10 years old or younger) my parents went to a Jazz concert with us for his birthday. I found it really boring but remember that he loved it! Even as a child. But he was an open person and also listened to any other kind of music. Whenever I saw him, he gave me a CD with the newest songs he just got and sometimes he just send me one or two songs via skype because he thought I should listen to them.

When he was in Berlin it was always a guarantee that we will see each other. He cared for his family, his dad, mum and younger sister Merrit, who is 17 years old now. Well, I will be with you tonight and I hope that Yannick is with us too. I would like to quote him by saying: “We are stardust, billion year old carbon.”

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Steven Lucatero

8/22/10 – At approximately 7:28 pm, the Milpitas Police Department responded to the 500(B) N. Capitol Avenue for a reported vehicle collision involving a motorist and a bicyclist. Milpitas Police Officers and Milpitas Fire Department personnel arrived and located an unidentified male lying in the roadway. Lucatero suffered massive head, face and body injuries and died at the scene.

The female driver experienced a medical problem after the collision and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The accident is still under investigation. Anyone with any information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Milpitas Police Department at (408) 586-2400. Information can also be given anonymously by calling (408) 586-2500, or via the Milpitas Police Department website.

“I am so sorry for the loss of Steven. I can only remember his smiling face. He came to my house with Alex to visit Brianna many times. The kids would play video games, swim or just talk. Steven was a nice young man. It is so hard to imagine him not being around. I know that he is in the Lord’s hands now. We miss you Steven. Love, the Shupe family”

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Pete Webster

Photo: Trouser Press

My good friend Pete Webster, owner of Guitar-O-Rama in Oakland, CA, is gone. He was hit by a car while riding his bicycle last Saturday night. Pete was a great musician and a pretty darn good guitar repairman when he applied himself. He was a walking encyclopedia of detailed historical information about guitars and amps and practically anything with strings. He was familiar to many musicians in and from the SF Bay Area, several of whom I met as I hung out at Pete’s shop. Like my wife, Pete loved to read books on history and politics, and he also enjoyed collecting maps. But most of all Pete was an incredibly nice and generous guy who loved music, enjoyed his friends and treated his dogs Jack and Pumpkin like they were his dearest children.

I spent entire days talking to Pete in his shop while he would work on people’s instruments, watching how he would adjust and modify and repair gear while talking about almost anything. We chatted practically every day. I learned a lot about guitars and music from Pete, and about a lot of other things as well. We’d go on outings together, visiting other music stores and suppliers, browsing through book stores, and checking out new places to eat. And we went to many concerts together. Pete knew good music and knew the difference between the real players and the stylist wannabes.

All of which is to say that I’m going to miss Pete. I won’t be able to look at a guitar again without thinking of him.

Trouser Press

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Joshua Ryan West

Josh and his daughter Briana

28-year-old Joshua Ryan West, a father on his way to physical therapy, was fatally hit by a car in Los Gatos at approximately 8:50 a.m. on Monday February 1, 2010.

The driver of a Chevrolet Blazer hit West on his bicycle as they were both traveling east on Lark Avenue, Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department Sgt. Kerry Harris said. Officers responded, but West was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Crash

Sgt. Kerry Harris said it appears Derr was speeding east on Lark Avenue in his 1990 Chevy Blazer at the time of the accident. Witnesses reported seeing the sport utility vehicle veer into the right-turn lane, apparently in an attempt to bypass stopped traffic, Harris said. “The witnesses were unanimous in their perception that he was traveling very fast,” he said. He lost control and drove up onto the sidewalk, striking West on his bicycle. The SUV then continued east through the intersection, struck the base of a traffic light and rolled onto its side, police said. West was pronounced dead at the scene. Derr was also injured and was taken to Valley Medical Center.

Harris said West was found next to the car, and it is possible he may have been either carried across the intersection by the car or thrown by the impact of the Blazer.


Police arrested the driver of the Chevrolet Blazer that struck and killed West. San Jose resident Kevin Derr, 50, faces charges of vehicular manslaughter in connection with the death.


Harris called the tragedy a “horrible, horrible situation,” especially given the young age of West’s daughter. There was no indication that alcohol was a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation. However, Harris said, “We are judging it to be grossly negligent driving.” “The fact that he was going that fast in those traffic conditions and that close to the corner, where it was clear he wasn’t going to make the turn” contributed to the decision to arrest him, Harris said.

West was a single father. He had just dropped his daughter off at school prior to the crash and was going to a doctor appointment

An account has been set up for West’s daughter at Wells Fargo, just donate to “The Joshua West Memorial Fund.” You can also email the joshuawestfund(at)gmail(dot)com and donate through Paypal.com.

Article from: The Injury Board

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Kristy Gough and Matt Peterson

A rookie Santa Clara County deputy sheriff, James Council, patrolling a winding Cupertino road Sunday morning veered into the opposite lane of traffic and struck three bicyclists at 10:25 a.m., killing Kristy Gough, 30, of San Leandro and Matt Peterson, 29, of San Francisco. Cyclist Christopher Knapp was injured in the collision. Witnesses at the scene said there were no skid marks and that the officer said he had fallen asleep at the wheel. When the accident happened, Council was 4 1/2 hours into a 12-hour shift after working a 12 1/2-hour shift the day before.

Kristianna Gough was an Olympic candidate and the third-fastest, non-professional women’s triathlete in the world, her mother said.

“People who knew her will tell you, she was a phenomenon. She broke all records. She started cycling only a short time ago to gain strength in her legs for the Olympic triathlon,” Gough’s mother, Karen Clarkson, of San Leandro, said.

“She won every race she entered. She was her happiest when she was out on her bike or running,” she said.

“Matt was truly a talented cyclist and a generous and kind human being. He always had something nice to say to EVERYONE. Always encouraging the rest of us to strive to be our best, I will always remember the “epic” ride he put together that happened to be my first team ride back after being off the bike for quite a while. The whole ride went up and up and up, and as I struggled to keep the group in sight, he always came back down the hill to offer words of encouragement to get me up the hill. A true class act that lived his life to the fullest. I will miss him.” -Scott

Read more at  Matt’s Memorial website.

The three victims were among about a dozen people riding with Third Pillar, a San Mateo bicycle racing team, and Team Roaring Mouse from San Francisco.

Gough was a professional triathlete who had recently taken up road racing and who had won every race she entered in 2008. She and Peterson, an amateur road-racing cyclist who, like Gough, had done triathlons, both won their divisions in a road-racing event in Merced eight days before they died.

Memorial Ride

Santa Clara County will pay $2.3 million to the parents of one of two bicyclists killed when a sheriff’s deputy drove his patrol car into a group of cyclists.

Council was sentenced in June 2009 to four months in jail and 800 hours of community service after pleading guilty to two counts of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter. Officials said he would probably serve the jail term in home detention or by participating in the sheriff’s work-furlough program.

Council was demoted after the accident to an unsworn position as a sheriff’s technician. He is barred from driving a patrol car or carrying a gun.

Read more: SF Chronicle

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Mark Pendleton

11/24/08 – Pendleton of Martinez was riding a Shimano road bike south on McEwan Road near state Highway 4 between 5 and 6 p.m. when he was fatally struck head-on by a vehicle which left the scene.

It is thought the vehicle crossed over into the southbound lane and hit Pendleton, who was riding close to the west shoulder.

An off-duty fire captain from Crockett spotted Pendleton just after 6 p.m. and called for medical assistance but Pendleton died at the scene.

Harold Brown, 53, was arrested June 2 on suspicion of hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter. Prosecutors have backed away from offering a plea agreement.

“Mark, my love

My heart aches for you.

Everywhere I look I see evidence of the man you are. As I wander through our home without you I see your handy work. It could be something as big as roofing our home, something fun like helping me choose my first bike, or even something as small as me wanting to choose a new protein powder for myself. You always research, research and research to come up with what would be perfect, and it always was. You are my go to guy and I have so much confidence in your opinion. What will I do without you?

You can be very proud of yourself. You have provided me with two wonderful sons. You have helped to mold them into the incredible young men that they are and you would be glowing with pride if you could see how they have cared for me these last few days. They have been fiercely protective of me just like you raised them to be. I see you in them.

There is something I never told you. Everyday when I would sit on the end of the couch to watch TV with you (not only are there two couches, it’s a long couch and has plenty of spaces to sit on) you would always sit so close to me that I barely had room to move my arm. I would think to myself, “Dude, there’s a lot of space, how about giving me a little”. I was so blessed to have a husband, that after 28 years of marriage would not only choose to sit on the same couch as me but to sit right up against me day after day after day.

I promise you that I will put all my love and effort into continuing on to raise our son’s into adulthood the way we had planned. We will carry you in our heart to every event that you will miss, college graduations, marriages, births of grandchildren… you will be with us in our heart.

Please know that I love you deeply and miss you terribly,

The wife of your youth,


Mark’s Memorial Website

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