Port Alberni woman talks of husband's fatal bike crash on Maui
Dec 07 2011
A Port Alberni woman has spoken of the accident in which her husband died during a holiday on the Hawaiian island of Maui.
Allyn Parker, 64, was riding a rented bike Sunday near Haleakala National Park when he lost control and collided with an SUV, Maui police said.
Parker's wife, Isabelle, was on a walking tour on another part of the island when the accident happened.
"He wasn't able to brake in time," Isabelle said. "The SUV came around the corner at the same time."
Allyn was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center, but was pronounced dead.
Isabelle had surprised her husband, "a devoted father and grandfather," with the trip as a gift for his birthday next March.
The couple would have celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in April, and had spent their married life in Port Alberni.
Allyn grew up in Vancouver. He took a position with the city of Port Alberni and retired in 2001.
City manager Ken Watson said Allyn had a full career with the city.
As a mapping technician, Allyn was instrumental in helping the city make the transition from paper to computer mapping, Watson said.
Allyn was also an active member of the United Church.