A 59-year-old Medina man who was considered an experienced bicyclist has been killed while riding his bike to work.
Randy Solis, the director of the Medina Community Library, was hit by a passing motorist while biking down FM 470, about 1.9 miles from Highway 16, on Tuesday morning. The female driver stopped and called 911. Both were traveling east along the road which does have several changes in elevation.
Solis was the director of the Medina Community Library, where he was beloved, according to co-workers.
"He loved this library, he truly did," said Mary Ellen Lindstrom, a co-worker of Solis'.
Solis was credited with enhancing the library to include a special children's area and modernizing the facility with computers and Wi-Fi. He was well known throughout the small Hill County community.
"Everybody knew him by his bike. They'd pass him and they'd know it was him and they'd honk and wave," Lindstrom said.
Solis traveled to and from work each day on his bike, which was around a 28-mile trek, Lindstrom said.
"Whether it was hot, or cold, or raining, or freezing, the wind is blowing hard; it didn't matter. He rode his bike," Lindstrom said.
This past spring, Solis traveled 1,800 miles in 29 days, biking from Mexico to Canada. He kept a blog while traveling that was monitored closely by students in Medina.
"He rode across three countries and came home safe," Lindstrom said. "To have something like this happen so close to home, it’s so sad."
Texas Department of Public Safety officials said no charges have been filed, but the investigation continues.
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