Belgrade Teacher on Bicycle Killed by Semi
In October, a teacher bicycling was killed in a traffic accident involving a semi near Belgrade. The victim was also a coach in the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa district.
The teacher, Richard Vos, 38, a BBE wrestling coach and math teacher, was killed while he was bicycling along U.S. 71 around 5 a.m. when a semi, driven by Brian L. Anderson, 50, was heading southbound and hit Vos.
Vos was wearing a helmet and Anderson sustained no injuries. A set of headphones were also found near the scene, but it is not clear if they played a role in the crash.
The BBE School District cancelled all of their sports activities that day in memory of their beloved teacher.
In the school’s blog, they stated that Vos began teaching for the school district in 1998 and was assistant coach of the varsity wrestling team until 2001. He then became the head coach and coached the junior high track and field team. The school also said that Vos worked very hard to build the school’s wrestling program. He convinced parents to become volunteers and was an instrumental player in getting the school to convert unused classrooms into a wrestling practice area.
The BBE school district has said that he will be dearly missed by the students, his fellow teachers, and the community as a whole.
Later on the day Vos was killed, his family visited the scene to mourn his loss.
Voss leaves behind his wife and two children.