UPDATE 3/10: Fred passed away March 9. See update below for more.
Original post, published 3/6:
Fred Rehberger, a racer and mechanic at Northwest Tri and Bike in Kent, was seriously injured earlier this week when a car struck him on the way to work February 29, The Bicycle Paper reports.
Friends and coworkers are working to set up a foundation to help with expenses. You can find out more and stay up-to-date on the NWTB website:
Our good friend and mechanic, Fred Rehberger, was in a bike vs auto collision on 2/29 while riding to work. He is at Harborview in critical condition. He has many broken bones, is in a coma, and on life support. We are heartsick about our dear friend Fred. We hit the jackpot when we hired him. He is a perfect fit for us at NWTB and we are aching to have him back.
We are in AWE of how many people know and are deeply concerned for him. Fred has raced on the road and at Marymoor on the velodrome. He’s made many friends at the bike shops he’s worked and helped out at. He’s been described as generous, enthusiastic, genuine, knowledgeable, kind, un-stumpable, energetic…and the list continues.
UPDATE 3/10: Fred was taken off life support and died March 9 shortly before midnight. Condolences to his friends and family.
Services are being planned. We update when the details are finalized.
Sarah, one of Fred’s family members, left this comment below:
This is Sarah. I am Fred’s brother’s mother in law and I was “Nanny” to Fred as well. It is with a broken heart that I tell you Fred was taken off life support and gently passed away last night. My heart cries for my son in law, my daughter, who was holding Fred’s hand when he passed and all Fred’s wonderful friends and coworkers.
It’s with deep sadness that we bring you the news that Fred passed away last night at about 11:30. His brother and sister-in-law and close friends were with him and able to say goodbye and wish him well. That was a blessing for everyone.
We’ve learned over the last week how many people Fred knew….how many nice things he did for people…how warm and generous and genuine he was. Fred was immersed deeply in the bike culture of Seattle but there was much, much more to Fred and at NWTB we were so enjoying getting to know each other. He could sing any song, tell us what was happening in the news, give regular movie reviews, suggest books to read….
We’ll always be grateful for the gift he was to us and for his friendship. He was an absolute treasure for a new shop.
There will be information posted soon about a fund you can donate to if you wish. Rides are being planned, a service will happen soon. We will celebrate Fred’s life.
Rest in peace, dear Fred.