The driver of the vehicle that hit them from behind told police she was looking at her phone.
Now, instead of throwing your own phone across the room after reading that, take a minute to be inspired by Wanninkhof.
"How on earth could I expect her to give her all to Newton's Laws when she wasn't sure where she'd be sleeping that evening?"
Wanninkhof had a degree in materials engineering from the University of Florida, and through Teach for America he had just received a master's in teaching adolescent physics from Fordham University.
I can't believe you're gone. I had the pleasure of having this man as not only my teacher, but also my friend. He had an absolute genuine passion for his profession and honestly believed that his students could become as invigorated about their work as he was. Thank you for everything and I am so grateful that I got to hug you the last time I saw you. Rest In Peace, Mr. Wanninkhof. #patrickwanninkhof #rip #fhsa
"He did very well in his studies, and we were surprised that he didn’t go into industry work, but he wanted to do something that affected people’s day-to-day lives," Wanninkhof's father told The Oklahoman.
He had ridden 2,462 of the 3,987 miles he had planned on, en route to Santa Barbara, CA, but as of this writing he has doubled his fundraising goal, gathering $9,421. Head over to Bike and Build to learn more about Wanninkhof's mission.
Update: Wanninkhof's family has now started collecting funds at PatrickLivesOn.org (through Bike and Build) to start a program to teach underprivileged youth and adults in Miami how to ride bicycles safely.