A longtime Arlington Heights resident and experienced cyclist was killed in a bicycling accident near the finish line of the AIDS/LifeCycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles on Saturday, June 11, 2022. Glen Brown was crashed in the second block north of the finish line between Waring Avenue and Willoughby Avenue on Ogden Drive as they approached the finish line of the event at Fairfax High School, 7850 Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. Paramedics transported Glen Brown from the block of 800 North Ogden Drive to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Level 1 Trauma Center just under two miles to 8700 Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles, where he was pronounced dead.
Initially, it was unclear whether Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics or privately contracted paramedics were involved in transporting Glen Brown to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
From a tweet from the neighborhood news site Melrose Stock advocating Neighborhood Watch for the District of Melrose, a cyclist was fatally injured late Saturday, June 11, 2022 in the 800 North Ogden Drive block. According to Melrose Stock tweet, “police say crash may have involved freak accident.” However, an investigation is ongoing by the Los Angeles Police Department, and there was initially no official indication whether the incident involved a bicycle breakdown, a bicycle-pavement interaction, or a medical event that preceded the incident. accident. An official statement from race organizers AIDS/LifeCycle said no other cyclists or vehicles were involved in the accident. The biking accident happened within the jurisdiction of the Wilshire Community Police Station, which covers the communities of Melrose and Fairfax near the accident scene in Los Angeles – and coincidentally – includes the community or neighborhood from Arlington Heights in Los Angeles.
The Melrose Stock the photo below is a view looking north along Ogden Drive that shows the LAPD blocking off the crash scene on Ogden Drive about the middle of the block (approximately 833 North Ogden Drive). The crash happened between 833 North Ogden Drive and the intersection of Ogden Drive and Willoughby Avenue.
TRAGEDY ON OGDEN DR :: Late today on the 800 block of N Ogden Dr a cyclist was fatally injured in what @LAPDWilshire Officers say it appears to have been a freak accident. By coincidence the @aidsrideforlife culminated its run at Fairfax HS today. pic.twitter.com/9Me7tQPRzg
— Melrose Action (@melroseaction) June 12, 2022
— AIDS/Life Cycle (@AIDSLifeCycle) June 12, 2022
In addition to traffic control related to the AIDS/LifeCycle ride, the Los Angeles Police Department was preparing traffic control measures for the LA Pride Parade, which was held on Sunday, June 12, 2022.
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Glen Brown graduated from the old Arlington High School at 502 West Euclid Avenue in Arlington Heights, Illinois with the class of 1982.
Glen Brown’s sister, Janet Brown McCarthy, posted a tribute that shared the sad news on Facebook…
“It is with the deepest sadness I have ever felt in my entire life that I share with you the passing of my brother, my best friend Glen Brown on JUNE 11, 2022.
Glen was on the most amazing life journey and was SO happy. He was a cyclist in the June 2022 AIDS/LifeCycle from San Fransisco to Los Angeles (nearly 600 miles). On the very last day, just 1 block from the finish line, he suffered a fatal bicycle accident. In one of the most accomplished and jubilant moments of his life, it was all over. Glen had been on 2 other AIDS rides over the years and knew he would be surrounded by unconditional love. We didn’t know it would come to an end.
We are gutted to the core and beyond. Because you see…Glen was the most generous, loving, funniest, most creative and caring person you have ever met. Her love for ALL and her charm were absolutely contagious. You were never a stranger to Glen…he welcomed EVERYONE with open arms and that loving smile.
The hole in my heart for him is so big… I will never be the same again. But the comfort and pure love we have been showered with by AIDS/Life Cycle and the participants, Walter E. Smithe Furniture & Design, our family and all of our friends has been absolutely amazing. But all of this doesn’t surprise me…because Glen personified the Beatles’ lyrics “and in the end the love you take equals the love you make”.
Please bear with me as I share stories and photos in the weeks to come. And PLEASE also share your stories/photos. We will be honoring Glen with a celebration of his LIFE in the months ahead. Please stay tuned for all the details.
PLEASE… LOVE EACH OTHER.
Live your life. Love your life. Be you.
The AIDS/LifeCycle charity ride covered 545 miles of road from San Francisco to Los Angeles over 7 days, and involved cumulative elevation climbs of 23,037 feet (See a video of Glen Brown on Facebook describing his training to prepare for the 545-mile journey on May 16, 2022). The last few miles of the charity ride traveled southeast on the Pacific Coast Highway (California State Route 1) and turned left just before the Santa Monica Pier to continue northeast and then east on Santa Boulevard. Monica to Ogden Drive, then south on Ogden. Drive to the finish line at Fairfax High School.