By Jeff Rivenbark - email
CONCORD, NC (WBTV) - Funeral details have been announced for an avid cyclist who was struck and killed in Cabarrus County earlier this week.
Adam Wesley Little, 35, died at CMC-NorthEast in Concord on Wednesday. He was from an area of Cabarrus County called Mount Pleasant, which is about 5 miles east of Concord.
According to the Concord Police Department, Little was cycling southbound along the shoulder of NC Highway 49 near the intersection of US Highway 601 when he was struck by a car on Wednesday at 7:30 a.m.
A visitation for Little will be held at the Hartsell Funeral Home in Concord on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home chapel.
The family requests that all memorials may be made to Levine Cardiac Kids Fund c/o Carolinas Healthcare Foundation, 1221 East Morehead Street, Charlotte, NC 28204, or Levine Childrens Hospital c/o The Childrens Fund, PO Box 32861, Charlotte, NC 28232. Online condolences may be made by clicking here.
Stacy Renee Shaw is the driver of the car which struck Little. The 24 year old has been charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle, a child restraint violation, and failure to notify the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles of an address change. None of the passengers in Shaw's vehicle were hurt, police said.
According to the police report, Shaw claimed she did not see Little operating his bicycle and she side-swiped him. The report goes on to say that Little "...was also thrown in the air and down the road and off into the grass."
Little was wearing appropriate safety gear including a helmet and clothing, and there was a safety light installed on the back of his bike, the police report said.
Police said there is no evidence that Shaw was impaired by alcohol or drug use at the time of the crash. The investigation is ongoing.
Little was born in Stanly County, NC. According to the Hartsell Funeral Home website, he was a member of West Concord Baptist Church and a manager at Contractors Flooring Charlotte. Prior to that, he taught biology for 10 years at Mt. Pleasant High School.
He is survived by his wife Melissa, and their two daughters, Aidan and Welsey.
Brian Goss is still reeling from the news about his close friend's death.
"He was a man who died doing what he loved," Gross said. "He's got a lot of people that just cared about him so much."
Little's 20-plus mile commute to work into Charlotte was nothing compared to the hundreds of miles he road when practicing with his pro-cycling team, the Subaru Fisher Road Team of which he was the manager.
Goss said Little's family is taking comfort in knowing he didn't suffer and is now reunited with his infant son, Ethan Little, who died a few years ago.
"We're thankful that, now, he gets to be with his son again and we're certainly gonna miss him but we're always going to remember him," Gross said.
Jim O'Brien runs the bike shop in Kannapolis that built bikes for Little's team. He said Little was someone who loved life and lived every day like it was his last.
"He was a fit as most people wish they could be," said O'Brien. "He was a good dad, a good husband and we don't have him anymore."
O'Brien said people came in and out of his shop all day on Wednesday in shock after hearing the news of Little's sudden and tragic death.
Those in the cycling community say the tragic loss is a reminder of how drivers must be willing to share the road.
"Folks have got to pay attention," O'Brien said. "On both sides, they've got to pay attention. It's altogether too easy for bad things to happen to good people."
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