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Muskego Resident Killed on Bike, Details are Few

A 62-year-old resident was struck while riding his bike on Woods Road Saturday afternoon, an investigation of the crash is ongoing

A vehicle struck and killed a 62-year-old Muskego man Satuday at around 3:40 p.m. as the cyclist was riding on Woods Road near Maclen Drive.

Flowers now mark the area where Robert Gunderson was fatally hit.

Neighbors in the area reported that the road was closed for several hours following the crash, which was due to downed power lines after the vehicle also crashed into a utility pole on the south side of the street.

Muskego Police released a statement indicating that the Wisconsin State Patrol is also assisting in the investigation, but say further details will not be available until the investigation is completed.

LM July 09, 2012 at 05:24 PM
I hope all the people that drive on Woods be aware of people on bikes and I hope the bicyclists chose the nice paths that were created for them to ride on. My prayers to the driver and the deceased.
Concerned Citizen July 09, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Oh my gosh is this incredibly sad! I was at Culvers last night and was just amazed at all the bikers out - thoughts and prayers go out to the families involved. How horrible.
Tim July 09, 2012 at 07:21 PM
RIP, old friend, I'll miss you, thanks for being a friend for over 30 years...
Denise Konkol (Editor) July 09, 2012 at 08:43 PM
There isn't a paved path for bikes on this stretch of Woods. Durham now has one and I'm amazed when I still see folks on bikes in the middle of the driving lanes. We all bear a responsibility for safety, although this case it seems there was nothing the biker could have done.
Denise Konkol (Editor) July 09, 2012 at 08:43 PM
@Tim - We want to respect this family's privacy as well, but if you know they would like to honor Mr. Gunderson in any way, we would love to help out.
Motorcyclist July 09, 2012 at 09:32 PM
RIP Mr. Gunderson, and prayers go out to his family.. Side note. It's apparent that some people need to re-visit the "Rules of the Road" handbook and they will realize that Bicycles have the very same rights as cars and trucks and Motorcycles to be on the road. Know your rules.......Save a life......
Denise Konkol (Editor) July 09, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Bicycles I don't believe are OK to ride in the center of the lane. This is not what happened here, and we're hoping to get more information on what happened with the driver of the car, but I've seen careless behavior on all sides. Folks have a responsibility whether they're behind the wheel or pedaling.
Brian Callahan July 09, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Exactly right. Well said
Marty Tank July 09, 2012 at 10:40 PM
I'll out there on the road lawfully riding my bike at some point this week. Please don't kill me motorists.
Marty Tank July 09, 2012 at 10:42 PM
How can we choose nice bike path when there are so few? They made roads so we can get places. Most places are not serviced with bike paths so we have to take the road.
the dude July 09, 2012 at 11:07 PM
This is right next to my house i saw the aftermath. i ride my bike all the time on the trail but to get to the trail you take the road. This kid wasnt doing something right and this biker and his friend knew how to ride properly. So tragic.
Lisa July 09, 2012 at 11:36 PM
The bike paths are made for casual riders. My husband rides at 17 to 20 mph...not made for the bike path. He rides on Woods all the time. Drivers need to stay aware at all times. My prayers to the family.
Lisa July 09, 2012 at 11:39 PM
My hubby will be out there too! I always tell people to drive when you are driving and that's it. An accident is an accident but when someone is killed that person will be missed by many and someone's child, spouse, brother, sister and friends will never be the same.
Brandon Karpowitz July 10, 2012 at 12:55 AM
I agree and but it goes both ways. I see a lot of bicyclists ignore the rules sadly. Muskego seems to have a high amount of bikers who just blow thru stop signs without any regard to the fact that there's a 3000lb vehicle coming.
jEFF PREISLER July 10, 2012 at 04:29 PM
It's nice that you show concern for the victims. BUT MAYBE YOU SHOULD REVIEW THE DMV MOTORIST HANDBOOK. BICYCLES ARE VEHICLES AND HAVE TO FOLLOW SAME RULES OF ROAD AS MOTORISTS. BEING THAT SAID, BICYLISTS HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO BE ON THE ROAD AND ARE NOT GOING AWAY. IF YOU CAN'T UNDERSTAND THAT, YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO HAVE A DRIVERS LICENSE.
Tina July 10, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Bob was a fellow musician and we JUST played at Summerfest together on the Potawatomi Stage July 3. Bob loved to attend the open jams around Milwaukee and our music community is shocked is saddened by his passing. Condolences to Bob's family. We will miss his trombone riffs!
Karina Castillo July 11, 2012 at 02:04 AM
i do bike woods as well, how sad . my prayers to the family.
Laura Mishefske July 11, 2012 at 12:26 PM
here is a link to robert gunderson's obituary:http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/jsonline/obituary.aspx?n=robert-gunderson&pid=158487553&fhid=8537
L.C. July 11, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Horrible news. I've been jamming with Bob every wednesday night for the last 5 years. Such an inspirational, kind, and just FUN guy to be around Cant believe i'll look to the right side of the stage, and Bob and his trombone wont be there physically. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family...im just 1 of probably COUNTLESS people whom Bob has touched with his music and his spirit. Until we jam again Friend. -L.C.-
Larry Paprocki July 12, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Bob. Truly kind,loving,and always a gentle man with endless inspiration,devotion, love and passion for his sport of cycling,he always said hi as he rode on by.....

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