Cyclist remembered 'always with a smile'
Dwight Hipp, 57, was remembered this week as an experienced bicycle rider and a "very nice guy."
Hipp died Saturday, Aug. 23 after his bike collided with a pickup truck in the area of 415 Chestnut Land Road (Route 109) 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 following the accident to the New Milford Hospital emergency room, where he died, according to police.
An investigation of the incident is ongoing.
"We had our own division in the challenge and Dwight joined us. He worked at K-C at the time. 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 cyclist 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 No. 1 in the state last year. I feel so sad. He was a nice guy. A very nice guy."
Jeff McBreairty, a fellow worker for many years at Kimberly-Clark, remembers Hipp with respect and fondness.
"He always, always had a smile on his face, and not one time in all the years we worked together did I ever see him get angry," he said. "He had a great love of cycling, and I even remember him riding his bike to work during the nice days of summer."
Kimberly, the driver of the pickup truck, is the grandson of the late Howard G. Kimberly, who established a family farm in New Milford in 1955.
The farm is along Chestnut Land Road in the area of the collision.