Rollin “RC” Rogers has passed away days after a mysterious crash near his NE Seattle home Saturday, his sister Lisa tells Seattle Bike Blog. He was 55.
Our deepest condolences go to his wife Lisa, sons Andy and Mark, and the many other loved ones in his life.
Although KOMO reported the crash as a hit-and-run, Seattle Police say they have yet to find a clear sign of another vehicle being involved in the incident on NE 98th Street near 27th Ave NE.
It’s not clear how he suffered such significant and ultimately fatal injuries due to a fall. The official cause of death is “blunt force injury of the head.” The investigation is ongoing.
His sister (also named Lisa) described him as “a man of few words, the ones that count, he was the kind of guy who went above and beyond, doing what needed to be done. With his dry sense of humor, and contagious laugh he was a tireless mentor and friend, devoted husband and dad, loving brother and son. He will be missed more than words can say.”
Here’s her full note about him:
RC Rogers III, an avid competitive cyclist, team member and expert commute cycler, was in a devastating accident only a block from his home in N. Seattle on Saturday 9/18 at approximately 6:45 pm. The 911 call was at 6:53. The police are considering it a hit and run although there are no witnesses – in addition questionable road conditions from recent road work appear to have contributed.
He was riding down a minor incline testing some work he had done on his bike, as he had down countless times before and somehow fell in such a way that he suffered multiple broken bones, including his shoulder, clavicle/sternum and arm, collapsed lung, contusions all over his body, and a massive head injury. His bike, with the chain off and only the handle bars affected was found 10 feet beyond his fallen body.
Just the week before he had received the honor of being given the Leadership award by his employer, REI. The presentation of his award can be seen on youtube. “RC Rogers – leadership award”:
He was finally in his dream position, for his dream employer as the manager of the Store Design, Visual Merchandizing Fixture Program at REI. He leaves behind his wife, Lisa, their sons Andy, a freshman in college and Mark age 14 and other close family members including his mother, sisters, nieces and nephews, and his dear in-laws.
He was a steadfast, intense man and a competitive cyclist, who brought his passion for excellence to everything he engaged in. RC was a man of few words, the ones that count, he was the kind of guy who went above and beyond, doing what needed to be done. With his dry sense of humor, and contagious laugh he was a tireless mentor and friend, devoted husband and dad, loving brother and son. He will be missed more than words can say.