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Jun 9, 2011, 8:58 AM
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In memory of Zachary Parke of Santa Cruz CA
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http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ci_18230663

I'd like to say he died doing what he loved, but...he was robbed.


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MTBZEN wrote:
http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ci_18230663

I'd like to say he died doing what he loved, but...he was robbed.

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How tragic. My condolences to his family and friends.

Here is the article from the Santa Cruz Sentinal
SANTA CRUZ - The body of a 25-year-old Santa Cruz bicyclist was found about 8 a.m. Wednesday just off Empire Grade Road at the edge of the UC Santa Cruz campus, the CHP reported.

California Highway Patrol officers are investigating the death as a hit and run, said CHP officer Tyler Pudge. The victim's mother identified her son, Zachary Parke, as the man on the bike.

Parke was riding from a friend's home on or near the UCSC campus to the house he shared with his mother near Morrissey Boulevard, his friends said. He was not a UCSC student but was a Santa Cruz native who graduated from Santa Cruz High School.

"Everyone who knows him knows how gentle and kind he was," said his mother, April Parke. "Everyone loved him because he was just such a sweet guy."

The body was found on Empire Grade Road north of Highview Drive by another cyclist who noticed clothing and debris in the road, Pudge said.

Pudge said the driver of a burgundy Nissan or Infiniti is suspected of hitting the cyclist on Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. Pieces of the car's headlight were found at the scene, as well as paint chips, bicycle parts and other debris.

The dark, seven-speed road bike was found overturned in some bushes a few feet from the road on the southbound shoulder. Officers believe the car and bicycle were traveling south toward Santa Cruz during the collision.

The bike was found about 1/8 mile north of the Arboretum and Highview Drive. The man's body was found about 20 feet from the bicycle. Emergency responders declared him dead at the scene.

Law enforcement officers are looking for the car and driver. CHP officer Sarah Jackson said the Nissan or Infiniti likely has a damaged headlight, side mirror, fender or other damaged areas on its front end.

The road where the collision took place is not lit at night. It's unknown if the bicyclist was wearing a helmet, Pudge said.

Parke was a bicycle courier who was starting a business that sold rock-climbing bags. He was an avid rock climber who often traveled to Yosemite and other climbing spots.

"He's hooked into the climbing community," said family friend Mira Makenna. "He was such a beautiful human being. It's very, very sad."

Makenna added that he was interested in raw food and loved animals.

He is survived by his 32-year-old sister, Elizabeth Parke of Los Angeles and his mother, April Parke of Santa Cruz.

Parke's family and friends appealed to the public to help identify the car and its driver.

CHP officers ask anyone with information to call the CHP at 622-0511 or 796-2160.


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Ah fuck. That is super shitty. Hit and run, what a coward.Unsure


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