Family members and friends are mourning the loss of a 14-year-old boy struck and killed while riding his bicycle.
According to police, Chandler Golding was riding his bike on Route 11 Friday evening. He was trying to make a left turn onto Route 609 when a car trying to pass him collided with him, according to authorities.
“He was loved by his mom, by his brother, his sister, everyone,” said Chris Golding, Chandler’s father.
Golding described his 14-year-old son as a kid who loved to play football and was active with his church ministry. Another one of his loves, his father added, was riding his bike.
“He was late to learn how to ride a bike, but once he got on it, he wouldn’t get off of it,” he said.
Golding said he went to pick his son up from his house when he saw police cars down the street.
“We don’t know the circumstances of what happened,” Golding said. “I can’t be angry. I’m sure no one had any intent to hurt my son.”
“It’s pretty tricky when you’re riding because we’re the smallest road users,” said Rob Issem, a cyclist who is active with local cycling clubs.
Although police are still trying to determine who was at fault in this accident, Issem reminds cyclists to obey traffic laws and recommends wearing bright-colored, reflective gear and helmets. He suggests bicycles have daytime running lights with flashers in the front and rear.
“Also as a cyclist, just assuming that cars don’t see you really helps,” Issem said.
Issem also said drivers need to pay attention and pass cyclists slowly and carefully, giving them plenty of room on the road. It’s a call to action Chris Golding couldn’t agree with more.
“Make sure that they know you’re there, and you have to watch out for them ’cause they don’t have the protection of a car,” Golding said.
Police are still investigating this incident so the Commonwealth’s Attorney can decide whether or not charges will be filed, according to officials.
Chandler’s funeral is set for Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Natural Bridge Hotel, Golding said.