Cyclist remembered as experienced rider
Dwight Hipp, 57, was remembered Sunday as an experienced bike rider and a "very nice guy."
Hipp died Saturday after a collision with a pickup truck in the area of 415 Chestnut Land Road in New Milford. He was riding his bicycle at the time of the accident, which occurred at about 8:30 a.m., police said.
The driver of the pickup, John Kimberly, 22, of New Milford, was not charged at the scene, although the State's Attorney's Office in Litchfield has been notified about the accident, according to the police log.
Hipp was taken by ambulance Saturday morning following the accident to the New Milford Hospital emergency room, where he died, according to police. An investigation of the incident is ongoing.
"I only knew Dwight through the National Bike Challenge sponsored by Kimberly-Clark," said Tom O'Brien, president of the New Milford River Trail Association.
"We had our own division in the challenge and Dwight joined us. He worked at K-C at the time," O'Brien said. "He logged many, many miles for us. He clearly was an experienced rider."
Calls to Hipp's family were not immediately returned.
Lisa Arasim lived around the corner from Hipp. A bike rider herself, she approached him to become part of the New Milford River Assocation team.
"I'm not a strong rider and I knew we needed points to win the Challenge," Arasim said. "I would be out riding and pass this guy every day, and he had all the serious bike-riding gear and equipment. I went up and asked him if he'd join us in the Challenge and he said yes.
"Because of Dwight, we took number one in the state last year," Arasim added. "I feel so sad. He was a nice guy. A very nice guy."
Kimberly, the driver of the pick up truck, is the grandson of the late Howard G. Kimberly, who established a family farm in New Milford in 1955. The Kimberly farm is on Chestnut Land Road in the area where the collision occurred.