Maine man dies on cross-country bicycle trip

John Huff | Seacoast Online
John Huff | Seacoast Online
James Dobson is seen in Dover, N.H., in August before starting a cross-country bike ride to raise money for children with cancer.
Police say he was struck by a car in Mississippi while on his ride raising funds for children with cancer.
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Authorities say a man making a cross-country trip on a recumbent bicycle to raise money for children with cancer was struck and killed on a Mississippi highway.

James Dobson, of Lebanon, Maine, started in New Hampshire on Oct. 1 for the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. His goal was to ride 60 miles daily, to San Diego.

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The Mississippi Highway Patrol said the 32-year-old Dobson was on Highway 98 west of Hattiesburg on Tuesday afternoon when he was struck from behind by a car. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident is under investigation.

Keith Loud, the hospital’s physician in chief, said in a statement he was moved not only by Dobson’s dedication, but the courage it took to ride across the country in an effort to give back.


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