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  • Barb Ickes
  • Sat February 08 2020
  • Posted Feb 16

The details don't add up.

How does an experienced cyclist, wearing a helmet and pedaling uphill, sustain such massive injuries from a simple fall?

When Jim Stoffer died from injuries he sustained in a July 10 biking accident on Forest Grove Drive in Bettendorf, police suspected a medical event had caused him to lose control.

But an autopsy ruled out a medical problem, and the death was declared an accident.

Six months later, Jaye Stoffer does not accept that her husband simply fell off his bike, fracturing his skull, pelvis and clavicle, among other injuries.

She thinks something else may have caused it.

What is known

Jim Stoffer was no average 66-year-old.

The summer before his accident, he rode most of the 450-plus-mile bike ride across Iowa, RAGBRAI, two days before running the 7-mile Quad-City Times Bix 7. It was his 40th Bix.


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