Friends and family will gather to remember Nap Cantwell Thursday afternoon at the Olympic Sculpture Park on what would have been his 19th birthday. CHS reported on Cantwell’s death last week following a May 29th incident in which police say Cantwell struck a van as he rode his bike downhill through the Pike and Boren intersection. The Seattle Time’s obituary paints a picture of Cantwell as a beer family’s son starting to make his way in the world:
Cantwell started working at his dad’s brewery in January. He considered it, his mother said, something of a legacy to get into the beer business. He often rode his bike to work or to the bus stop, from his mom’s or dad’s house.
As heartbreaking as it was to lose him, Ishikawa said, it would have been even sadder a year ago, before he’d had a chance to come into his own, before his identity began to blossom.
Police are investigating the collision. Cantwell never regained consciousness after the accident, and as days passed, results of medical tests grew increasingly grim.
Said his father: “We really didn’t hold out much hope for — I mean we did. ‘Til the very end, you hope he’s going to open his eyes and be himself, but that just wasn’t in the cards.”
The sculpture park gathering will be followed by a reception at the Capitol Hill Elysian, the Times reports. The family has asked that donations be made in Nap Cantwell’s name to BikeWorks.
Police say the investigation into the crash could take several months. In the meantime, a “Ghost Bike” to be placed at the intersection to mark the spot where Cantwell died is reportedly in the works.
UPDATE: A Ghost Bike remembrance — and a birthday bouquet — appeared at Pike and Boren Thursday night.
(Image: Seattle Bike Blog shared by permission with CHS)