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A cyclist is being remembered as a “champion” after he died in a freak accident on Newcastle’s new light rail track.
Danny Egan, 51, had been watching the State of Origin with friends on Wednesday night when he made the fatal decision to cycle home.
As he was attempting to cross tram lines at the intersection of Pacific and Scott streets in the city’s east about 10.30pm, his bike wheel slipped into the track, causing him to fall and suffer horrific head injuries.
Danny Egan (right) is being remembered for his infectious personality. Source: Facebook/Ride for the Chopper
Passers-by tried to help Mr Egan before emergency services arrived. He was taken to John Hunter Hospital but later died.
Friends have posted tributes to the father of three on the Facebook page for Ride for the Chopper, an annual fundraising event to raise money for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service which Mr Egan was heavily involved in.
“All of us at the Ride for the Chopper are deeply saddened to hear of the tragic passing or our good friend and fellow rider,” a post on the page said.
Danny Egan died while cycling home after watching the State of Origin on Wednesday. Source: Facebook/Ride for the Chopper
“Danny rode with us for many years, and was always happy to share his knowledge of riding and a good laugh with anyone.
“Rarely seen without a smile – his infectious personality, constant encouragement and love of pies will live on in our ride forever.
“Whenever we ride we will think of you Danny, and we know that you will be there riding right alongside us.”
Another friend also shared her condolences on social media.
“God bless U luv. U really was a champion (sic),” she said.
This article first appeared on au.news.yahoo.com
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