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Michigan Army veteran killed while delivering free bikes to children affected by Hurricane Ian in Florida

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Steven Pringle, a 57-year-old Army veteran, was killed in an accident in Punta Gorda, Florida, while delivering free bikes to children affected by Hurricane Ian.

Pringle drove through an intersection where he was missing a stop sign (due to Ian being destroyed) with his trailer full of bikes, when he was hit by another vehicle.

Pringle, from Michigan, had a passion for repairing bicycles and was a respected member of his Upper Peninsula community.

Steven’s son, Jason Pringle, noted: “A lady said, ‘We couldn’t afford a bike, and your dad gave my son a bike. I was truly blown away by the impact he had.”

Steven Pringle, owner of Build a Bicycle – Bicycle Therapy, helps 8-year-old Kadence Horton of Iron River learn to ride a bike outside his store in Kingsford, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Friday, July 29, 2022.
(Ryan Garza/Detroit Free Press via AP)

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At the crash site now rests a white-painted bicycle, which is a common memorial to victims of fatal collisions.

Steven Pringle delivers three bicycles as donations to surprise nuns at the Holy Cross Carmelite Monastery in Iron Mountain, Michigan on Friday, July 29, 2022.

Steven Pringle delivers three bicycles as donations to surprise nuns at the Holy Cross Carmelite Monastery in Iron Mountain, Michigan on Friday, July 29, 2022.
(Ryan Garza/Detroit Free Press via AP)

An inscription on the bike reads: ‘May the legend live on’.

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Earlier in 2022, Pringle told a local Michigan newspaper that he was not in his best mental shape. He also lived in an RV.

Next, Pringle prayed a Catholic rosary, which led him to “Build A Bicycle – Bicycle Therapy, a shop in Kingsford where he fixed bikes, sold new ones and gave away lots”.

Steven Pringle, owner of Build a Bicycle - Bicycle Therapy, and his girlfriend Lindsey Gagne carry in a box with a new electric bicycle at his store in Kingsford, Michigan, Friday, July 29, 2022.

Steven Pringle, owner of Build a Bicycle – Bicycle Therapy, and his girlfriend Lindsey Gagne carry in a box with a new electric bicycle at his store in Kingsford, Michigan, Friday, July 29, 2022.
(Ryan Garza/Detroit Free Press via AP)

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Speaking to the newspaper, Pringle noted: “I had people in the beginning say to me, ‘You give too much.’ But the more we give, the more it comes back at the end of the day. I don’t I don’t need the money. What am I going to do with it, collect it and keep it?”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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