REDMOND, Wash. - Jerry Shafer, a well-known competitive cyclist, was remembered by family and friends on Wednesday at the Marymoor Velodrome in Redmond.
Shafer passed away Saturday morning after colliding with a car near Woodinville. Snohomish County Sheriff's deputies were called at 10:45 a.m. to the 6500 block of 240th Street SE in unincorporated Snohomish County.
Shafer died at the scene from injuries he received after he struck an oncoming vehicle during his attempt to pass cyclists ahead of him, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.
Friends said Shafer, a Vietnam veteran, broke records on the track. Eric Johnson called him a best friend.
"He always had a laugh and he always had a smile, and I don't know what I am going to do without it," said Johnson.
Wednesday night cyclists raced in remembrance of Jerry Shafer. They also shared stories about the 65-year-old, who last year raised more than $17,000 to fight a rare kind of eye cancer that his own grandson was able to beat.
KING 5 did a story on Shafer last year when he was training for a big fundraiser for childhood cancer research.
Friends vowed to keep Shafer's charitable tradition going by raising money this year in his honor for cancer research.