By Pete Williams
Very sad news today from Central Florida. The Orlando Sentinel reports that Brent McLarty, father of pro triathlete Sara McLarty, died while riding his bicycle near DeLand when he was struck by a car.
McLarty, 62, was riding his bike north on the paved shoulder of State Road 11, at Lake Diaz Park Road, about 7:30 a.m. when he was hit by a van that was also northbound, state troopers told The Sentinel.
Troopers said Cody Haynes, 23, drifted on the shoulder of the road and hit McLarty, who died at the scene.
No charges have been filed, but the crash remains under investigation.
Sara McLarty, 28, is a Central Florida native who lives and trains in Clermont. An All-American swimmer at the University of Florida, she is regarded as one of, if not the fastest, swimmers in triathlon.
She posted the above photo on her Facebook page, where condolences quickly poured in from the endurance sports community.