Word began to spread Monday that a longtime Upland community leader was killed in a collision while riding his bike.
Now, sadly, we know it’s true.
According to Southern California News Group writer Steve Scauzillo, Tom Thomas, a 20-year Upland city councilmember and one of the founders of the Tour de Foothills, was struck by a motorcyclist while riding in Montclair last Thursday.
He was waiting in the left turn bay on Monte Vista Avenue at Richton Street, when the motorcycle slammed into him from behind.
Thomas died on Saturday, after undergoing surgery to repair internal injuries, as well as suffering numerous broken bones.
He was a member of the Upland council from 1990 to 2010, and was known as a philanthropist in the local community, in addition to being an ongoing supporter of the Tour de Foothills and the Pacific Electric Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail.
He leaves behind his wife, Ann Shriner Thomas, and three daughters, as well as a grieving community. Ann Thomas requested that anyone wanting to honor her husband donate blood, and give to any of the many organizations he supported.
This is at least the 20th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the 1st that I’m aware of in San Bernardino County.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for Tom Thomas and his loved ones.
Thanks to Michael Wagner for the heads-up.