Published in the Hearst Times
Section: Capital Region, Page: B4
Saturday, August 5, 2006
Dead cyclist noted as man who liked debate
ALBANY - Jose Perez was remembered Friday as a man who enjoyed a
good debate over the state of the world.
Perez, 60, who was struck and killed as he rode his bike downtown
Thursday evening, had lived in the DeWitt Clinton Apartments on State
Street for the past five or so years, said his next-door neighbor,
"He was a private guy, but we would get involved in discussions
from time to time. He was very passionate and he was not happy with
the politics in this country," Wilcox said. "People who
were walking past would think we were going at it, but we both just
liked a good debate."
Perez, who was dealing with liver problems, didn't own a car and
used his bicycle to get around, often taking rides at the Corning
Preserve bike path along the Hudson River, Wilcox said. "He
went all over on that bike," he said.
Dusk was falling at about 8:30 p.m. when Perez crossed into traffic
near Quay Street and Broadway. A sport utility vehicle heading north
couldn't stop and struck the cyclist head-on. Perez was pronounced
dead at the scene.
"He was probably coming back from the preserve and was a little
late. It probably didn't help that he wasn't wearing a helmet," Wilcox
The driver, who passed a sobriety test at the scene, will not be
ticketed, police said.
- Brian Nearing
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