The victim of a bicycle crash in Rochester earlier this week has been identified as a Mayo Clinic worker and father-of-three.
Steve Pieper, 48, was riding his bicycle when he was in a collision with a truck near the intersection of Country Club Road and 60th Avenue Southwest in Rochester Township on Tuesday, suffering fatal injuries.
A father-of-three, Pieper was a nurse anesthetist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, where he had worked for 24 years.
A memorial fund for Pieper's family set up on GoFundMe has reached more than $60,000.
"He was a loving husband and father, amazing son, great friend, and beloved coworker," the fundraiser says.
Pieper was also a member of the cycling community, with tributes paid by teammates from the DIRTy WATTz WTRL Team Time Trial team.
"Is there a way to talk about a teammate’s passing without feeling angry or scared? Steve was a great person, amazing rider and a true friend. He was killed in a cycling accident a few days ago, when a truck hit him on a country road," a post on the team's Facebook page said.
"His loss has left a huge gap in our hearts and ranks. He will always be remembered. Ride On in heaven, Steve!"