Reward offered for information about death of a bicycle rider in Oklahoma City

A reward has been offered in the death of a bicycle rider. Police are hoping to get more information
By Robert Medley Modified: August 28, 2010 at 1:18 am •  Published: August 28, 2010
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A $6,000 reward has been offered for information in connection with the death of an Edmond man who was hit while riding his bicycle.

Alan Spencer, 56, was killed about 8:45 a.m. July 17 when he was struck from behind by a motor vehicle while riding south in the 12500 block of Midwest Boulevard. The motorist left the scene and did not report the wreck to police.

Police said the reward was raised by members of the central Oklahoma bicycling community. The amount is in addition to any money that might be available through Oklahoma City Crime Stoppers.

Spencer left behind a wife, three children and one grandchild.

Citing "suspicious circumstances," investigators have turned over the case to the homicide division, Master Sgt. Gary Knight said.

Spencer was riding in an unobstructed area of open country on a clear, sunny morning.

The day after Spencer's death, bicyclist Clyde Riggs was struck and killed by a car while riding in the 5100 block of E Britton Road. That motorist stopped, and no charges were filed. Four days later, a memorial ride for Spencer and Riggs was held, and 400 cyclists participated in the dedication of two "ghost bikes" in their honor.

The Spencer family is thankful the cycling community has offered the reward, and is hopeful it will encourage people to come forward with information on Spencer's death, Knight said.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 235-7300.


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