A family member said that an Army veteran from Michigan turned his life around by opening a bike shop and giving free bikes to kids in Florida who were affected by Hurricane Ian and died in a car accident while delivering the bikes.
Steven Pringle, 57, was killed in Punta Gorda, Florida, on November 23. This was just a few weeks after a profile of him in the Detroit Free Press talked about how his passion for fixing bikes had helped many people in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
“One woman said, “We couldn’t afford a bike, but your father gave mine to my son.” I was really shocked by how much of an effect he had, “Jason Pringle, Pringle’s son, told the Free Press last week.
Someone put a white-painted bike at the site of the Punta Gorda crash, which is a common way to remember people who die in accidents. On the frame is written, “May the legend live on.”
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The Free Press said that Pringle was driving a pickup truck with a trailer of bikes when he drove through an intersection where there was no stop sign because of the hurricane.
In January of this year, Pringle told a newspaper that he had been depressed, eating badly, and living in a camper when he had an awakening while praying the Catholic rosary. It turned into Build a Bicycle—Bicycle Therapy, a shop in Kingsford where he fixed bikes, sold new ones and gave away a lot of them.
“When I first started, people told me, ‘You donate too much,'” Pringle said. “But the more we give, the more we get back in the long run. I don’t need any cash. What am I going to do with it besides save it?”