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Friend of Bill West, cyclist killed south of McCloud, speaks out

Published On: Jun 18 2013 06:22:33 PM CDT
REDDING, Calif. -

The Palo Cedro man that was hit and killed on Saturday while riding his bike on Highway 89 just south of McCloud was riding his bike for a purpose. Bill West, 49, was riding to raise awareness for his non-profit, "Project Forty-One" .

Project Forty-One is dedicated to ending starvation in Africa by bringing irrigation to dry lands with pumps powered by bicycles.

West’s goal was to ride the Transamerica trail to raise awareness for his charity.

“He showed me his map and everything,” said Tifeni Hoffman, a close friend of West’s.

Hoffman said that Bill had thought about his plan for 30 years and planned it thoroughly. West even started a blog, a tool he was planning on using to update family and friends about his trip.

He got fitted for his bike and even said goodbye to loved ones. In his blog, he wrote about convincing his mother not to worry, letting her know he had prepared for this.

But West never made his goal a reality; he was killed on the second day of the ride.

"He was just a get up and go kind of guy. He had a little quirkiness about him, he was fun, he was a good guy,” said Hoffman. "He'll be missed."