Alan Peterson was riding his bicycle westbound alongside Highway 10 just outside of Marathon in preparation for the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI), when he was struck by a car driven by 18-year-old Kelsey Fredericks, a recent graduate of Laurens-Marathon High School, where Peterson worked.
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Fredericks, an honor student, was allegedly blinded by the setting sun and was unable to see the bicycle prior to the collision. The incident has been ruled accidental and Fredericks will not face any charges, according to official reports.
Peterson was a popular teacher at Laurens-Marathon, according to school superintendent, Iner Joelson.
"It's like the loss of a parent or sibling," Joelson told the Sioux City Journal. "The kids loved him. This has just tore us apart."