RIP died today in Spain – 72
A 25-year-old Bronx public school teacher who had been bicycling across country to raise money and awareness about affordable housing was fatally struck by a driver in Oklahoma. The driver told authorities she was distracted by looking at her phone.
Patrick Wanninkhof and Bridget Anderson, 22, were “struck from behind by a 4-door Chevy sedan” on State Highway 152 in Washita County around 8 a.m. on Thursday, July 30. Anderson was injured while Wannikof died at the scene. The driver, Sarah Morris, 34, was not hurt and it’s unclear if she will be charged. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s Public Information Office has not returned our call.
2015_07_patrickw3.jpg Wanninkhof and Anderson were riding with Bike and Build, which organizes bicycle rides to benefit affordable housing, and he had planned to reach the final stop in California on August 28.
The NY Mag feature addressed the victims’ reluctance to report the alleged assaults—many said they felt emboldened to speak up once more and more victims came forward. “I could have walked down any street of Manhattan at any time and said, ‘I’m being raped and drugged by Bill Cosby,’ but who the hell would have believed me?” Barbara Bowman, who told NY Mag she was repeatedly drugged and assaulted by the comedian when she was 17, said. “Nobody, nobody.” Another victim, PJ Masen, told the magazine that her supervisor at the Playboy Club told her, “Nobody’s going to believe you. I suggest you shut your mouth,” when she reported being assaulted.
68 percent of rapes go unreported, according to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN).