Talented and loved is how friends are remembering a young Edmonton cyclist run over and killed by a cement truck while he rode along Whyte Ave. on Monday.
Isaak Kornelsen was also an accomplished member of the Univeristy of Alberta’s track team and counted among his achievements winning bronze in the 4x800m relay and finishing 6th in 600m event at the Canada West championships in 2010.
Nick Eaton, 20, told the Edmonton Journal he and Kornelsen had been friends since grade seven and that Kornelsen had already been a runner for a long time before they met.
“He was so incredibly smart and talented at everything,” Eaton told the Journal.
“Everybody loved him.”
A memorial mention was posted on the U of A's Track & Field Twitter page, a photo of the young man describing him as a bear, an athlete and an artist was attached.
The University of Calgary Track Team put away their long-held rivalries and too expressed their condolences for Kornelsen’s death.
We suffered a great loss today. Isaak Kornelsen was a great runner and an even better person.
Forever we miss you. twitter.com/UofATrack/stat…
— U of A Track & Field (@UofATrack) August 28, 2012
Edmonton Bicycle Commuters, a non-profit supporting active transportation, also placed a "ghost bike" - a bike spray painted all white - near the intersection. The sign hanging from the bike reads "On August 27, a cyclist was killed at this intersection."
— Jenna Bridges (@Global_JBridges) August 27, 2012
Police confirmed Kornelsen was heading westbound on Whyte Ave., when he tried to duck under the side view mirror of a parked truck. He missed, hit the mirror and was thrown under the concrete truck.
Witnesses said Kornelsen tried to duck beneath the mirror before losing control of his bike, the Edmonton Police Service told the Edmonton Sun.
He was pronounced dead at the scene, The Sun said.