Legacy of assistant dean to live on after fatal accident during summer
Sometimes, even the safest bicyclists are hit by careless drivers.
Tragically for Dr. Eric Snider, his life was cut short after such an accident. However, his legacy will not be forgotten.
Snider, who lived in DeWitt, was the assistant dean of Academic Affairs at LCC. He was struck from behind by a pickup on July 26.
It happened while he was bicycling in Watertown Township, just north of Capital Region International Airport on Stoll Road. He passed away later at the hospital at age 58.
Snider’s daughter Jane said he was a family man who had a passion for cycling.
“I’ll always cherish how Dad truly put his family first,” Jane said. “He gave us so much time. He loved to ride his bicycle with my Mom (Beth).”
Snider was hired by LCC in 2010 and served the college in various roles before becoming assistant dean. He taught for more than 20 years at the college level prior to coming to LCC.
Martine Rife, an English professor and project manager of Student Success who worked under Snider for two years, said he had a profound impact on her career.
“He gave me many suggestions about how to be more tolerant of students’ life issues,” Rife said. “He was most concerned about the welfare of our students, and was willing to be an agent of change to that end.”
John Lindenmayer, the executive director of the League of Michigan Bicyclists, said the league has received many donations from Snider’s friends, co-workers and loved ones. He gave some tips for drivers and bicyclists to be safer on the roads.
“One of the best ways drivers can help keep bicyclists safe is to give them plenty of space when passing them,” Lindenmayer said. “Many drivers don’t realize just how close they get when they pass and the danger it poses.”
He said bicyclists can do their part by being predictable, wearing bright clothes, obeying all applicable traffic laws, and installing front and rear lights on bikes.
Lindenmayer encouraged people to take a safety pledge and gather more safety tips at www.shareMIroads.org/Equatumaborest