Bikers trek on after cyclist killed in collision with tractor-trailer

Posted June 15, 2013, at 11:34 a.m.
Last modified June 16, 2013, at 2:13 p.m.

Cyclists are back on the road in the three-day Trek Across Maine, even as police continue to investigate the death of a biker who was hit by a tractor-trailer on the opening day of the 180-mile ride.

David LeClair, 23, of Watertown, Mass., who was a part of the approximately 140-member athenahealth cycling team, was killed about 10 miles into the event, which last year drew 2,100 riders from all over the United States.

“It is with deepest sadness that the American Lung Association of the Northeast reports the passing of a member of our Trek family at our annual Trek Across Maine today,” Jeff Seyler, CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast, said in a statement. “All of us at the American Lung Association express our profound sadness at this tragic loss of life and offer our deepest condolences to the family. With heavy hearts, the Trek is continuing.”

Grief counseling is being offered at the University of Maine at Farmington, which is the end point for the first leg of the trek, he said. The second day of the trek ends at Colby College in Waterville.

The finale is at the waterfront in Belfast, which is home to an athenahealth office employing approximately 600 people. LeClair, a native of Naples, Fla., worked at the company’s headquarters in Massachusetts.