Vet on cross-country goal dies in pile-up – The San Diego Union

Army veteran, grassroots domestic romantic and longtime San Diegan Stephen Michael Clift has died in a trade collision while on a cross-country bicycling outing to lift recognition of veterans’ needs and rights.

A Kia streamer eastward on Interstate 40 nearby Groom, Texas, struck Clift and his bicycle on Thursday evening, according to Texas authorities. Those officials pronounced Clift was taken to a sanatorium and died Friday, and a Texas Department of Public Safety expelled his temperament Tuesday.

The Amarillo Globe-News in Texas pronounced a Kia motorist told state troopers that he didn’t see a bicyclist before a crash. No charges were immediately filed opposite a driver.

Clift went to San Francisco in 2011 and became heavily concerned with a Occupy San Francisco movement, according to information posted on several Occupy websites. He became famous as “Pirate Mike” in a Bay Area since he mostly wore a pirate-like bandana.

Messages left with Occupy San Francisco and dual other groups related to Clift — Veterans for Peace San Francisco and Swords to Plowshares, a veterans support classification — weren’t returned Tuesday.

Clift’s kin in San Diego County also couldn’t be reached for comment.

This summer, Clift announced on his website that he and others were rising a Mar Across America bicycling trip. The journey’s goals are to boost open courtesy to veterans’ issues such as homelessness, self-murder rates, medical caring and sovereign appropriation for veterans programs.

On his site, Clift common photos of towns and cities that he visited. The final blog entrance on his website was posted on Oct. 23 in Tucumcari, N.M.

“The tour was filled with heated weather, and of march perplexing to set adult a preserve in a center of an heated accost charge on a open plains is no joke,” Clift wrote. He also thanked a lady who upheld his means by profitable for a hotel stay during a prior stop.

On Facebook, a associate member of a outing memorialized Clift this week as a artistic tattoo artist and an romantic who dedicated his life to assent and justice.

“Tonight we found out that we mislaid a many critical male in my life. My heart has never been so broken, we have never in my life gifted a grief like this,” pronounced James Cartmill, who identified himself as a veteran.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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