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Cyclist’s death seems truly random

The sudden death of one of the cyclists at Saturday’s Lion Pride Bike Ride in Ennis cast a shadow over the event for many of the people involved, both those responsible for seeing the event run smoothly and those who chose to ride in the rally.
That shadow does not equate to responsibility or guilt, from where we sit. Having spoken with parties involved in the race and with the chief of Ennis ISD police, who raced to the scene and helped with CPR efforts on the fallen rider, the best picture we can get of what happened between Ennis and Bardwell that day boils down to random chance.

Organizers, volunteers and emergency responders did the best that they could given the strange circumstance of the man’s apparent cardiac arrest and that effort to save this man’s life should not be downplayed or skipped over. True, those efforts were in vain, as 45-year-old Sam Hacksisombath fell and died as responders tried to revive him.

The district asserts all of the riders cleared to participate in Saturday’s activities were checked out beforehand and judged to be in appropriate physical health. They didn’t see Hacksisombath’s heart attack as an imminent possibility when they began the ride.

There have been assertions that the school district wasn’t prepared for a rider to suffer a massive heart attack or other such extreme health emergency during the event. We’re not sure either way. What we are sure of is once the incident happened, district personnel and relief crew workers did the best they could do to try and save this man’s life.

Rest assured that the incident puts a different light on how the district will prepare for future events that involve physical activity and we’d expect more emergency plans in place for these kinds of incidents in the future.

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