There are people who devote their entire life to meeting a major goal. For some people, the goal they work to achieve is the completion of an Ironman triathlon, an event that requires 70.1 miles of biking, swimming and running. Two people were close to achieving this goal at an event in New Orleans when a fatal accident dashed their plans.
The cyclists were riding together a few days before the event as a sort of pre-race warm-up. Police reports indicate that the cyclists were struck from behind by a sedan. One of the cyclists, a 36-year-old man, died as a result of the injuries he suffered. Officials delayed the release of his identity until his family could be notified.