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Support the Family of La Costa Valley Father Of Three Killed In Bike Accident

This Letter to the Editor is about Eric Ringdahl and the family he left behind after tragically being hit by a car on Sunday.

The following Letter to the Editor was submitted by Andie Beyer Green

Early Sunday, April 21, 2013, Amy Ringdahl played with her three children as her husband, Eric, set out for a bike ride with his friend. Only minutes later, Eric was struck by a vehicle on El Camino Real, north of La Costa Avenue in Carlsbad, California, and died at the scene.

Related: Carlsbad Father Eric Ringdahl Killed Cycling on El Camino Real

Eric worked with cell-based therapies at Cytori Therapeutics, Inc.; Amy is a competitive amateur triathlete. Their three children are nine, eight and five. Eric and Amy have been positive and supportive of not just their friends, teammates and fellow coaches, but the entire community.

The Ringdahl family loves the outdoors. They could be found coaching and playing soccer and football, waterskiing at the lagoon, playing and swimming at the beach and local pool, and biking local trails any weekend throughout the year.

Just last year, the family was active in the efforts to increase road safety through the addition of a stop sign near their children’s school, El Camino Creek, as part of Carlsbad’s livable streets initiative. This initiative as well as the 2012 Encinitas initiative that included new Coast Highway shared lane markings (also known as sharrows) and new bike lanes were welcome news to the active family.

To make a donation to help support Eric’s family, please send checks to the "Eric Ringdahl Memorial Fund." Checks may be deposited at any Wells Fargo Branch or mailed to Wells Fargo, 277 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024.  

Carole Mayne April 26, 2013 at 02:06 PM
I'm so sorry for your unthinkable loss. May you always see your beloved husband and children's father bathed in golden light any time you feel him in your hearts. I do hope people will slow down and create safer bike lanes throughout the county. Driving and bicycle awareness could be improved in so many ways. With our deep condolences, we are your Leucadia neighbors who send you all love.
Cyndi Darlington April 26, 2013 at 04:54 PM
Thank you Andie for submitting this. John knew him too and we are keeping their family in our prayers.
glenn bernard April 26, 2013 at 06:14 PM
very much looking forward to when our privately-owned vehicles require no driver. google is working on it; funds used to widen freeways ought to be diverted to the google project. 90 people die on US highways, on average, every day. perfection might be impossible, but it is predictable that the driverless concept could reduce the fatality rate by about 90%. what we have now is barbaric.
jack April 26, 2013 at 09:59 PM
i've often seen these bicyclist on el camino and how motorists zoom 15 to 30 miles over the speed limit, careening past the cyclist. and i'd say to myself these guys are nuts! putting their lives in the hands of thse "careless motorists" or the DUI driver (drunks drive at all times of day/night). here is the problem. carlsbad has several roads that are on or about slopping hillsides that hit sharp turns, with a speed limit over 40 miles . in eight years i havent seen much "speed" enforcement by our police department. my heart goes out to the victims family. jack
amy May 14, 2013 at 07:04 AM
My daughter and I were vacationing at a nearby home and were out for a walk this past weekend, when wr came upon Erics memorial on El Camino. Beautiful tribute, evident he was a much loved man. His memory sure to live on with those who knew him. Bless his family.

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