Sadly, the tandem community has lost another friend, this time in Casa Grande, Arizona.
According to new accounts, Brian (46) & Pam (47) Pangburn were riding their recumbent tandem north on Trekell Road in Casa Grande, Arizona on Tuesday morning and just before 9:30am a 1994 Chrysler Town & Country mini-van driven by J.B. Gore (86) of Arizona City, struck them from behind… despite the Pangburn’s use of a rear strobing tail light.
Pam Pangburn suffered severe chest & head injuries and was transported to Casa Grande Medical Center where she passed four hours after the collision. Brian Pangburn suffered substantial chest injures and was flown by air to Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix. His condition is not known.
J.B. Gore did not show signs of impairment at the scene and consented to give blood for testing.
I’d like to say I’m stunned, but sadly enough… this is becoming a familiar story. Our thoughts go out to the Pangburn’s family and friends as they deal with this awful family tragedy. As always, if any further details become available we will share them with readers.