Two Bicyclists Tragically Killed After Being Struck by Lumber from a Passing Freight Truck

Victims were avid cyclists from Oregon visiting the Napa region

A lumber carrying freight truck
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Two bicyclists were tragically killed on Tuesday morning after being struck by falling lumber in Napa County, California.

Christian Deaton, 52, and his wife Michelle Deaton, 48, both hailing from Portland, Oregon, were riding along the Silverado Trail  –a paved two-lane road in the heart of wine country– when a three-axle flatbed truck passed the couple. Its load of lumber shifted and collided with the cyclists.

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Anne-Marije Rook
North American Editor

Cycling Weekly's North American Editor, Anne-Marije Rook is old school. She holds a degree in journalism and started out as a newspaper reporter — in print! She can even be seen bringing a pen and notepad to the press conference.

Originally from The Netherlands, she grew up a bike commuter and didn't find bike racing until her early twenties when living in Seattle, Washington. Strengthened by the many miles spent darting around Seattle's hilly streets on a steel single speed, Rook's progression in the sport was a quick one. As she competed at the elite level, her journalism career followed, and soon she became a full-time cycling journalist. She's now been a cycling journalist for 11 years.