Cyclist killed during charity event identified

Posted on: 9:31 pm, August 11, 2013, by , updated on: 08:04am, August 12, 2013

BETHANY, Okla. – Bethany police have identified the victim of Saturday’s fatal bike accident as 36-year-old Chance Toles.

Toles was finishing a 100-mile bike ride as part of Spin Your Wheels, an annual charity event raising money for The Children’s Center in Bethany.

Police said Toles had just turned onto 39th Expressway off of Lake Overholser Road.

“For some unknown reason, it seems like he lost control of the bicycle and when he lost control, he tipped over towards his left and he fell into the lane of traffic,” Bethany Police Lt. Ed Cangiano said.

Friends of Toles have set up a gofundme website raising money for the future education needs of the 9-year-old daughter Toles left behind.

According to the website, they’re “honoring what Toles stood for;  honesty, hard work, dedication, selflessness, good humor and importance of kids and family.”

Travis Doussette, Director of Communications at The Children’s Center sent out this statement Sunday.

“Our thoughts and prayers go to the family and friends of the cyclist. Cyclist and volunteer safety is of the utmost concern during any special event. We constantly review safety procedures and will continue to work with law enforcement and the cycling community to evaluate all safety aspects of Spin Your Wheels.”

The driver of the pick up truck that hit Toles was not arrested.