Michigan man dies in Florida while delivering free bikes

Dec 11, 2022, 6:26 PM | Updated: Dec 12, 2022, 10:36 am
Kadence Horton, 8, of Iron River gives a hug to Steven Pringle, owner of Build a Bicycle - Bicycle ...

Kadence Horton, 8, of Iron River gives a hug to Steven Pringle, owner of Build a Bicycle - Bicycle Therapy, after he presented her with a new bike at his shop in Kingsford, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, on Friday, July 29, 2022. The Michigan Army veteran who turned his life around with a bike shop died in a crash while delivering free bikes to children in Florida affected by Hurricane Ian, his family said. Pringle, 57, was killed in Punta Gorda, Fla., on Nov. 23. (Ryan Garza/Detroit Free Press via AP)

(Ryan Garza/Detroit Free Press via AP)

KINGSFORD, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan Army veteran who turned his life around with a bike shop died in a crash while delivering free bikes to children in Florida affected by Hurricane Ian, his family said.

Steven Pringle, 57, was killed in Punta Gorda, Florida, on Nov. 23, a few weeks after a profile in the Detroit Free Press described how his passion for fixing bikes had touched many people in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

“One lady said, ‘We couldn’t afford a bicycle, and your father gave my son a bicycle.’ I was really blown away at the impact that he had,” Pringle’s son, Jason Pringle, told the Free Press last week.

Someone placed a bike, painted white, at the scene of the Punta Gorda crash, a common memorial to victims of fatal collisions. There’s a message on the frame: “May the legend live on.”

Pringle was driving a pickup truck with a trailer of bikes when he drove through an intersection that was missing a stop sign due to the hurricane, the Free Press reported.

Pringle earlier this year told the newspaper that he had been in despair, eating poorly and living in a camper when he had an awakening while praying the Catholic rosary. It eventually turned into Build a Bicycle — Bicycle Therapy, a shop in Kingsford where he fixed bikes, sold new ones and gave many away.

“I’ve had people in the beginning who told me, ‘You donate too much,'” Pringle said. “But the more we donate, the more that comes back at the end of the day. I don’t need money. What am I gonna do with it, collect it and save it?”

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Michigan man dies in Florida while delivering free bikes