FREDERICK, Md. — A woman taking part in a long-distance bicycling fundraiser for a Maryland fire department was killed in a collision with a car.
Maryland State police spokesman with the Frederick Barack says 59-year-old Diane Centeno Deshields was riding the route near Frederick, Md., when she collided with a car and was pronounced dead at the scene. The passengers in the car weren't injured.
Firefighter 50 spokesman David Yonkoski told the Frederick News-Post that Deshields was participating in the Metric Century ride to benefit the Pleasant Valley Community Fire Department in Westminster, Md.
The bicycling fundraiser, held by Firefighter 50 Bicycle Ride, offers five different routes. Deshields was on the Metric Century, which is approximately 62 miles and runs through the eastern part of Frederick County, Md., according to the fundraiser's website. This route was also a new addition for this year's event.
The charity event was held on Sunday from 6:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. in Northern Carroll County and Eastern Frederick County, Md. and in Southern Adams County, Penn. All the routes start and finish at the Pleasant Valley Community Fire Company in Westminster, Md., according to the website.
The cause of the crash is unknown at this time, but the fundraiser's website states that there were no road closures designated for the event.
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