Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Camille Savoy: May 27, 1954 to Nov. 26, 2008

Camille Savoy, 54, struck by a motorist on Sunday, November 9, has died.

He died at approximately 6 pm tonight, at the Hackensack Medical University Hospital, in Bergen County, NJ, said his friend Van Gothner.

"His injuries were just too great," said Gothner, referring primarily to severe damage to Savoy's brain.

Savoy was not responding to treatment and he did not recover from the serious blows he sustained from the accident.

His family will inform the cycling community about arrangements for his bereavement.

For some, this might be a Thanksgiving that they will never forget. After the accident two weeks ago so many cyclists traveling on 9W have said they feel very nervous, and unsafe--riding on the road where they say cars speed routinely, or turn in front of them, or cut them off with impunity. Now, with Savoy's death, they may feel even more unsafe.

Benepes Bike Blog will be organizing a ride from the George Washington Bridge that commemorates his life, leaving at 9 am and arriving at 10 am at the spot where he was hit, either this Sunday, November 30, or the following weekend.

Please email jbenepe@msn.com if you can assist in the organization of this ride.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

How about we start to organize as a group and demonstrate outside the prosecutor's office. This is getting really effed up.

Jen B, said...

So far we will do the ride on Dec. 7th at 9 am. If you want to organize the other demo, I will put it on the pages here to advertise it.
Jen

Anonymous said...

A great friend, an amazing person, I fear I will never know anyone like him again in my life. He lived life to the fullest and was taken much, much too soon. My family will be forever changed by the good fortune of having known him. Our lives will never be the same.

Jodi shays said...

Demonstrate? Yes! The person responsible for this must accept responsibility so that others do not have to experience the pain of losing somebody so loved. This was a completely unnecessary death. I am angry, I am sad. Camille Savoy will be missed by many.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately prosecutors know all too well that they cannot get convictions for these CRIMES. Yes they are crimes but they almost always go unpunished. See many articles on the subject. The killer gets on the witness stand and cries that it has ruined his/her life. I can't sleep, blah, blah, blah. They make themselves the victim and juries relate to them and let them off.

It is very sad.

Anonymous said...

i hope her life is ruined when they throw the book at her.

Anonymous said...

Camille would be saddened by the rancor. He was an extraordinary person and an incredible friend.
Tu me manques mon ame.

Louis: GP Sports Cycling & Fitness said...

Hello All, Team GP Sports Cycling & Fitness (www.gpsnewz.com) would like to extend our sympathies to the friends and families of Savoy. We have never had the pleasure of meeting him but from all the literature we've read, we feel like we do know him. We have ride the 9w route many times and we are aware of the dangers involved.

Jud Santos said...

Such terrible news. What a tragedy. I am sad.

Anonymous said...

Seriously, is there anything we can do to press the district attorney to take this seriously? DAs do respond to public opinion. A fax campaign?

Anonymous said...

We still have overspeeding and reckless truck driving on 9w and police does not enforce it, instead they harras us like rats. This morning an SUV was driving north on 9w between our line and his lane(the line was under the suv) trying to pass other cars, then a trcker did the same. Let 's not allow that Savoy dies in vain, let demand safety o n 9w now

RatherBeBiking said...

I feel like 9W is generally pretty safe, otherwise I wouldn't ride it as often.

RIP Camille Savoy.

Anonymous said...

9W has always been a dangerous route. I don't use 9W for cycling because of in some instances, excessive speeds of the motor vehicles, driver distraction due to communication devices and finally to the fluctuation of the shoulder width along the road.
I pray for Camille's family and friends...and for all cyclists who decide to share our roads with motor vehicles.

Annick Stiefel said...

My name is Annick and I knew Camille for 38 years. We were good friends and soulmate in a way!He was a talented young man and a great sportif. Everything, he did was perfect, so his cooking and more...
Camille , mon grand ami rest in peace. Amitie, amour tu vivras dans mon coeur toujours.

Annick Stiefel said...

I am mourning you my Papillon, my Camillo bello like I called you. We we share at that time when I live in NY a lot of fun times, so in Dennis Cape Cod! You were my soulmate, my best friend who was there for me always.
Tu es dans mon coeur and je suis completement desesperee de t'avoir perdue. Mais dans mon coeur tu es toujours present mon petit papillon, I will love you always. Annick
I am so sorry to have left NY and moved to Naples Florida 13 and half years ago! I was far from you and we missed each others so much,
My angel rest in peace. I will love you for ever.
Annick

JAMES said...

AM SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT CAMILLE, HE WAS A CUSTOMER OF MINE, I REMEMBER I WAS TALKING TO HIM IN OCTOBER, HE HAD A COUPLE OF PAST DUE INVOICES AND I WAS TRYING TO REACH HIM. SO NOW I GUESS I HAVE TO CLOSE DOWN THE ACCOUNT, BUT I HAVE NO IDEA WHO HAS MY JEWELRY THAT I GAVE HIM ON INVOICE, IF ANYONE KNOWS PLEASE GET BACK TO ME FROM R.GEMS INC !