Dubai: Adam Pollack — a prominent sportsman and a member of Dubai Roadsters cycling club — died due to injuries he sustained after his bicycle collided with a motorcycle on October 15.
The motorcyclist also died in the tragic accident.
The 44-year-old father of four was a keen sportsman. Wolfgang Hohmann, owner of Wolfi's Bike Shop and also a member of the cycling club, told Gulf News that Pollack was very excited about the sport.
"He had been very sporty in the past and wanted to get back into sport. He was a regular and rode with us in Dubai. There were also rides in Hatta that he would go out to," he said.
Hohmann said Pollack bought his bike from his shop and that a friend had introduced him to the sport. "People should be aware and look out for each other. Be careful, be aware, because your life can end at any second. Two men lost their lives on that day. We need to learn from this... we have to be careful. It's a very sad story," Hohmann said.
Other members of the Dubai Roadsters cycling club, and friends of Pollack, have been posting messages for him on a dedicated memorial page.
One message was from his father: "Adam's cycling friends, may you all continue to enjoy your cycling and cherish the memories and times you had with my son. His smile, pleasant disposition and positive outlook on life will be sadly missed. Thank you for being his friends. Bram Pollack."
Another message from Vivienne, Alan, Karen and Kyle Woodhouse, reads: "Darling Adam, You will know that your leaving us has left a tremendous hole in our hearts and it is impossible to believe that we will not hear your special laugh at our crazy jokes. We have known you growing up as a boy, a young man and as a man and no one can take your many successes from your memory. You were to us ‘our second son' and our last talk a couple of weeks ago was as usual, funny and light-hearted. Sleep well our young mate, just know we will always take care of all your family in the future."
Messages also came from Dubai Roadsters members who witnessed the crash: "Dear Adam, We said goodbye on the road where we shared your last moments holding you. The ones close to you have told us about how great a friend and family man you were. It makes us wish to have had more time together, sharing our passion. In our hearts you will always be one of us. Our warmest thoughts are with your family and friends. Adam, goodbye, till we meet again. Petra and Harold."
Timeline of accidents
- 23.04.09 At 5:30am a driver ran over a cyclist in Jebel Ali killing him.
- 24.04.09 At 8:30pm a speeding driver knocked down a cyclist and killed him in Al Barsha-2 area.
- 21.07.08 Two cyclists were killed in separate traffic accidents at the same spot on Aud Al Touba Street, Al Ain.
- 15.03.08 A mountain-biker is airlifted to Rashid Hospital after sustaining neck injuries in a race at Mamzar Park. He later died from his injuries.
- 04.01.06 A cyclist was killed after being run over on the Dubai-Al Ain Road.