GURLEY, Ala. – A cyclist who was recently badly hurt during a large group ride in Madison County has died.
Brian Guerrero was critically injured on September 17 as he participated in The Spring City Cycling Club’s 32nd Annual All-You-Can-Eat Century Ride.
It is the 11th event on the 2016 Alabama Backroads Century Series (ABCS), with nearly 500 riders from across the Southeast participating. Riders take five different routes to and from Madison County High School, ranging from 34 to 100 miles. Guerrero had nearly completed the ABCS.
Since the accident, Guerrero had been in intensive care at Huntsville Hospital. He lived in Louisiana.
A Gofundme account was set up to help his family with medical bills, and supporters in the local cycling community donated more than $37,000 to help with medical costs. Fund organizers posted an update September 28 to say Guerrero died.
Alabama State Troopers are investigating the circumstances of what happened. A few days after the accident, WHNT News 19 spoke with a representative of the Spring City Cycling Club, who offered this statement:
Early in the ride, there was an accident involving a large group of riders. It appears a number of riders fell as a motor vehicle was passing in the opposite direction. It is unlikely that the motorist contributed to the cause of the accident. We understand the motorist was interviewed by law enforcement and that investigation by law enforcement is ongoing. Spring City Cycling Club is offering its resources to the investigating law enforcement agency for contacting witnesses for statements. No further statements about the cause of the accident will be made until the investigation is complete.
Mr. Guerrero received first aid on the scene from two cyclists, a trauma surgeon and a nurse. They directly assisted emergency responders arriving shortly afterwards until he was transported via MedFlight to Huntsville Hospital. Their actions in first aid and in directly calling for MedFlight likely saved his life. Huntsville Amateur Radio Club (HARC) volunteers were instrumental in coordinating the communications amongst event organizers and volunteers, emergency personnel, and law enforcement. We extend our gratitude to law enforcement, first responders and HARC for their able and quick response to this terrible incident.
SCCC officers have been in contact with the family and is assisting in gathering community support for the family while they are in Huntsville. A GoFundMe donation portal has been established to raise money to help the family with expenses. SCCC requests that the Huntsville community shows their support in this way while allowing the family privacy they will need in the days and weeks to come.
Eric Heyl, a longtime friend of Guerrero’s, set up the Gofundme account. Heyl met Guerrero about 20 years ago and the two went mountain biking together. “We’ve been friends ever since,” he said.
He plans to hold a benefit ride for Guerrero in the near future back home in Louisiana. “He’d do the same thing for me,” Heyl said.