NEW ORLEANS - An accident killed an Ironman athlete on Highway 90 near Venetian Isles Friday morning April 11, 2014. A car hit two triathletes while they were riding their bikes. The scene was awful, the bike was totally destroyed. Highway 90 is a training route for all the local cyclists.
The cops said that the athlete who was killed was Frank Guinn, 36, who is a veteran firefighter in Atlanta and the other athlete from another bike that was hit is his 40-year-old brother-in-law who is critically injured and was taken to a nearby hospital.
They were training for Sunday's Ironman 70.3 race.
Ironman triathlon officials released an statement about the accident:
"We have learned that a group of cyclists were struck by a car on the Chef Highway. We are deeply saddened to learn that one of our athletes, scheduled to participate in this Sunday’s triathlon, has passed while another is critically injured. Our sympathy and thoughts are with all who have been affected by this tragic event.”
Atlanta Fire Rescue Department said that, Sgt. Guinn was a dedicated professional devoted to his family. As a department, we will wrap our collective arms around his wife, Kim, and his beautiful girls. We ask that you keep them and Sgt. Guinn's entire family in your thoughts and prayers.
Sgt. Guinn was survived by his wife and three daughters.