Patrick Wanninkhof was only trying to raise funds for affordable housing projects, unfortunately, his life was taken by a reckless driver. The 25-year-old teacher was biking all the way from Maine, with his final destination being Santa Barbara California. However, the teacher’s journey was cut short, as he was killed in Oklahoma this week, by a female driver that was looking at her phone, according to Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
Wanninkhof was on a trip with a organization called Bike & Build, which raises funds for affordable housing projects. Wanninkhof and another biker, Bridget Anderson, were both struck by Sarah Morris on Highway 152, Thursday morning. Anderson is in stable condition but Wanninkhof was declared dead at the scene. Lt. John Vincent made a statement after the death, saying: “They drew blood on the driver, and they’ll wait until the report comes back on that, and they’ve finished up the investigation to present it to the DA’s office, and she’ll present any possible charges.”
According to his Bike & Build profile, Wanninkhof was a Florida native that graduated from the University of Florida, and later went to Fordham University for graduate school. He then started working at Fordham High School for the Arts, in New York, which is where he was currently living. Wanninkhof’s profile also indicates he traveled 2,390 miles out of the 3,987 miles he planned to travel, and raised $8,566, surpassing his $4,000 goal.
The biker’s father, Rik Wanninkhof, said in a statement: “He really was committed to the issue of affordable housing, and he was working as a schoolteacher in the Bronx where he saw the importance of housing as a part of education.” Wanninkhof’s sister, Suzette Wanninkhof, also said in a statement: “Patrick he was my inspiration my entire life. He was just the most amazing person.”