The Union Recorder

December 13, 2012

Son finishing bike ride of Mich. man killed in Ga.


The Associated Press

SOUTH LYON, Mich. — The son of an avid bicyclist from Michigan who died when a tractor-trailer struck him on a Georgia highway near the end of a cross-country ride this summer plans to finish the journey this week.

Dan Cornell, 41, of South Lyon, Mich., plans to arrive in Key West, Fla., on Friday and will be greeted by friends and family, AnnArbor.com and The Detroit News reported. He's riding with Joseph Muscato, who was injured in the crash that killed Pete Cornell, 64.

"I can't control him not being here, but I can finish the ride," Dan Cornell said. "Hopefully, it will help me get on with my life. It's kind of been on pause."

The semi hit Pete Cornell, Muscato and Thomas Clark near Dawson, Ga., on July 26. Pete Cornell had retired to Port Charlotte, Fla., and had completed most of a trek that took him thousands of miles through Alaska and many other states. Muscato and Clark are from Michigan, and Clark also was injured.

Dan Cornell and Muscato recently started riding in Dawson, near the crash scene. They spent a night in a hotel where the three riders stayed in July.

"The first day was the worst," Dan Cornell said. "We were at the scene of the accident."

Pete Cornell, who spent most of his life in Ann Arbor, owned Cornell-Morris Real Estate Company. He was born in Lansing and was a champion wrestler at the University of Michigan. Cornell was inducted into the Greater Lansing Area Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.

An investigation into the accident is open, with no charges filed.