The bicyclist who was struck and killed by a motor vehicle in Kansas City, Kansas on November 6th has been identified as Michael W. Cannon, age 48.
According to KCTV:
Authorities said the driver was heading west on Shawnee Drive when he collided with the bike. The driver immediately stopped and called 911 for help.
A woman, who was walking to a nearby gas station, said she saw the horrific crash.
“I heard some breaks turned around and car slammed into bike. Just hit each other. There was no way he could not hit him it happened so fast,” witness Tabitha Hawks said.
Accident investigators are trying to determine if the driver was at fault in any way or if this was accident that couldn’t be avoided. At this point, they don’t believe speeding was a factor.
Those who knew Cannon said he was kind and helpful to his neighbors, children and even strangers. He volunteered to read to children and was a neighborhood handyman. In addition to fixing cars, he had earlier this week helped out a family who had a broken washing machine. He washed the family’s clothes so that the children could have clean clothes.
“There’s nobody like Mike. He was so wonderful. I was proud to be his mother,” Diana Warehime said. “That’s Mike. He’d do things for everybody.”
Cannon was even homeless at one time, but he never stopped extending a helping hand to others, according to those who knew him best.
Michael W. Cannon, actor, director, screenwriter of the following films: America Patriot of a Bad Actor, Caveman Caper, The Prodical Father. Proud US Marine, Owner of American Pride Upholstery in Lawrence, Kan., and general jack of all trades. He loved life and people and he had less than most but he gave more than all. He had a heart of pure gold. He dreamed big and ran his course hard and kept the faith. He was 48, of KCK, but spent 17 years in Lawrence. Left this earth and entered into his eternal home on Nov. 6, 2012. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov.12, at Calvary Chapel, 2614 S. 18th, KCK.
He is survived by his ex-wife, Cindy Sargent, his sons, Anthony and Matt Cannon, all of Lawrence; mother and father, Diana Wareheim and Stanley Cannon; stepfathers, Flyod Wareheim, Joe Rocha Sr., Steven Kepner; brothers, Kenny Cannon, Bryan Cannon, Joe Rocha; sisters, Theresa Lewis, Sherry Cannon, Debi Chaffin, all of Kansas City, Kan. He is survived by sisters- and brothers-in-law and many aunts and uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews.
Mike never met a stranger and had family everywhere he went. When he walked into the room you knew he was there. In lieu of flowers, send donations to Calvary Chapel and/or Catch A Break; this is a Lawrence Charity that helps cancer survivors that Michael and Cindy started in 2007. He is loved dearly and will be sadly missed.
Michael is the eighth cyclist to die on Kansas roads in 2012. Julian Olea Tomas was killed by a garbage truck in Hutchinson on February 13th, John B. Fuqua was killed in a hit-and-run in Wichita on May 20th, Caleb Garcia was killed by a truck in Liberal on June 1st, Roger Haynie died when two bicycles collided in Garden Plain on June 8th, Dr. Roger Joyce was struck from behind by a car near Augusta on July 25th, Paul Ziegler was killed by an inattentive driver on September 23rd near McPherson, and Johnna Feugate died after being struck by an inattentive driver on September 21st in Paola.