Monday, September 26, 2005

Philly Official Killed in Bicycling Mishap

- The spokesman for Philadelphia's Commerce Department was killed Sunday in a bicycle accident in Northeast Philadelphia.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, police say Tom McNally was riding on a sidewalk when he apparently stopped short at a red light and was thrown from his bike at the intersection of Rowland and Tyson avenues in Mayfair. An oncoming car ran over him.

The 47-year-old McNally had been a city employee for more than 20 years.

He was the city's chief spokesman for the Live 8 concert in July, and more recently in the city's relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina.

Mayor John Street said in a statement that McNally was "a man who performed his duties with both passion and a professionalism that inspired all who had the pleasure to know him."

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