Jacksonville man dies in cycling competition

Cyclist dies in 3-state event on Lookout Mountain, Tenn.

Published On: May 05 2013 10:57:04 PM EDT   Updated On: May 06 2013 12:50:51 PM EDT
Lookout Mountain bicycle ride
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

A Jacksonville man who took part in a cycling competition on Lookout Mountain in Tennessee has died.

Chattanooga police said 49-year-old Antonio Ribeiro was riding downhill in an area where he had to make sharp left and right turns close together.

Ribeiro had lost control and went into the path of a car traveling uphill, spokesman Nathan Hartwig said. According to the Chattanooga Free Press, Ribeiro died at the scene.

Ribeiro (pictured, below) collided with the car around 400 Ochs Highway, about three miles from the event's finish line.

Antonio Ribeiro First responders told WDEF-TV that prior to Riberiro's fatal accident, a woman cyclist crashed into an ambulance that was called in to the aid another cyclist who had taken a nasty fall. She was hospitalized in serious condition.

Several members of law enforcement questioned why the event was allowed to take start when many other outdoor event were cancelled due to very poor weather conditions.

"It was raining and a lot of people turned around and went home and a lot of people didn't come and those that came took a risk so it's like anything in life when you take a risk. I feel terrible that it happened," said event participant Mark Lazinski of Roswell, Ga.

Ribeiro was the new vehicle director for Duval Ford and had worked for the Duval family of dealerships since 2001.

"He loved to ride and challenged himself each year with his riding team," according to a post on Duval Ford's Facebook page. "Please join us in continuing thoughts and prayers for his family and friends."