A man who was killed while riding his bike at Shellharbour on Tuesday is being remembered as a “gentle giant” and a cricket club stalwart.
Friends say epilepsy prevented Peter Angus from obtaining a driver’s licence, so instead he used pedal power to get around.
Mr Angus, 56, was riding east on Wattle Road Tuesday about 7.10am when he was struck from behind by a four wheel drive.
The accident has shocked those closest to the beloved clubman.
Sharon Jarman described Mr Angus as a dear friend and a “gentle giant who was fanatical about cricket”.
“There is probably no person in the Shellharbour district who had not seen Peter with his cricket bag hooked over his back riding to training or games,” she said.
“They may have also seen him on his morning ride to the shops, whether it be Stockland Shellharbour or Warilla Grove to buy his morning coffee.”
Many have paid tribute to Mr Angus via the online South Coast District Cricket community.
Mr Angus played for Shellharbour City Cricket Club’s fourth grade side and achieved a career-best 6/16 two years ago.
He had recently resumed playing after taking a year off to have a knee replacement.
Club president Beau Chamberlain said Mr Angus, also known as ‘Big Pete’ or ‘Sneaky Pete’ loved the club, and would attend its games with “a massive smile on his face”.
Teams will show their respect at upcoming games.
A minute’s silence will be observed at Saturday’s games in Mr Angus’ honour.
“He’s going to be very sorely missed by our club and entire association,” Mr Chamberlain said.
“The entire club is going to wear black armbands and Pete’s going to be named 12th man for the remainder of the season.”
Teammates last saw Mr Angus at Saturday’s game against Jamberoo.
He had no children of his own, but also attended the juniors’ games on Sunday.
“The club really was his family,” Mr Chamberlain said.
Tuesday’s accident occurred opposite Shellharbour Workers Club.
The driver of the 4WD was uninjured and was taken to Wollongong Hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing.
Police say early indications are that speed was not a factor in the collision, but sun glare may have played a part.
Specialist crash investigation officers were called in and are assisting Lake Illawarra police with an investigation into the circumstances leading to Mr Angus’ death. A report is being prepared for the Coroner.
Contact Crime Stoppers to assist the police investigation: 1800 333 000.