Canoe Instructor killed in bicyclist hot-and-run accident

Wednesday, 23 July 2008
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Patrick SawyerCanoe and Kayak instructor, Patrick Sawyer of South Bend, Indiana succumbed to his injuries Monday night from a hit-an-run accident while out cycling...

Patrick SawyerCanoe and Kayak instructor, Patrick Sawyer of South Bend, Indiana succumbed to his injuries Monday night from a hit-an-run accident while out cycling.

Patrick was a United States Canoe Association instructor and was the key organizer for the Subaru Paddlefest which is an event and race that promotes conservation and heritage of the St. Joseph River.

"He had such a love and enthusiasm for the sport and for sharing it with everyone," said close friend Kelly Harrington. "He was so very patient and had a fantastic sense of humor."

"My husband and I met Pat on the river," Harrington, of South Bend, said. "We were in this big aluminum canoe and we were basically going in circles. Pat came and gave us a few pointers."

Sawyer leaves behind four children - an 8-year-old daughter and three sons, ages 10, 12, and 14 - and his wife, Nancy Sawyer, with whom he founded Paddlefest back in 2001.

County police on Monday identified 21-year-old Shane Ryan McGee, of South Bend, as the lone suspect in the case. McGee, in the company of his attorney, turned himself in Thursday, more than 24 hours after he allegedly hit Sawyer.

More info:
southbendtribune.com
Patrick Sawyer Memorial Page
Paddlefest Website

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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