I just found out that Patrick appeared on the Dr. Phil show recently.
In November of 2005, Patrick was the driver of a vehicle that struck and killed a member of BikeForums.net. That member went by the username of sydney. Yes, lowercase “s”. His real name was Jim Price, and he was known not just for his knowledge, but for being something of a cranky old man with not much patience for fools. I mean that in the nicest way. His harshest insult was to call a shop employee a “nosepicker”. While we didn’t always see eye to eye, he was a kind person, and had helped out several members with parts, and if I recall correctly, even a complete bike.
Needless to say, Patrick was vilified for his selfish actions (texting on his phone) that led to Jim’s death. But Jim’s family forgave him, and he has devoted a great deal of (court-ordered) time to speaking out to his peers about the dangers of distractions while driving. Nothing he can do will bring Jim back, but as he goes forward in his own life, Patrick has the potential to help spare more families from the anguish of the loss of a loved one.
I think sydney would have approved.