Thursday, July 30, 2009

Bike Religion Club Cyclist was Killed in Newport Beach

I have never met Daryl, but this hits close to home. I've ridden this area numerous times, and it is only a few blocks away from where we held the This Will Hurt Race. Please read the brief article below:

Bicyclist killed in Newport Coast

Accident near Tesoro and Ridge Park Road leaves one dead.

The Orange County Register
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NEWPORT COAST A man riding a bicycle died Thursday evening after being hit by a vehicle, authorities said.

Daryl David Benefiel was riding south on Ridge Park Road when he collided with a vehicle making a left hand turn from Tesoro about 5 p.m., said Newport Beach police Det. Bill Bennett.

Investigators were still at the scene of the accident late Thursday near the corner of Ridge Park Road and Tesoro. Driver Nathan Tsuchiya was not hurt.

It was unclear whether Benefiel was wearing a helmet.

The investigation into the accident is ongoing.

Contact the writer: 714-796-7829 or


The Benefiel family has set up a memorial fund in Darryl's name.
Please make checks payable to:

Darryl D. Benefiel Memorial Fund
People's Trust and Savings Bank
P.O. Box 307
Boonville, IN 47601
Ph: 812-897-0230

John @ Bike Religion is also looking to install a ghost bike at the location of the accident. Please contact him if you have an old road bike that you are able to donate:

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